Young People in Research

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We believe that every child and young person should have the opportunity to participate in clinical research, which can be truly life changing.

In 2022, over 4,000 children and young people took part in clinical research studies at NIHR Cambridge CRF.

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Owen’s Story

#WhyWeDoResearch Research can be life-changing. Watch this brief video to see how the 100,000 Genome research project helped one of our participants.

Our maternal and child health CRF have dedicated paediatric nurses. All nurses who care for children and young people have annual intermediate paediatric life support training. 

Get actively involved!

You can get involved in research in various ways, by helping us to identify research topics,  providing input to our research teams or participating in a clinical study. 

ACTIVE is the children and young people’s board at Cambridge University Hospitals and is made up on people aged 8-18 years old. Some of them are thinking about working in a medical career, and some are just interested in medical science and research and want to make a difference.

Visit the ACTIVE page to find out how ACTIVE helped us make our research more young-person friendly.

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Work experience placements

We offer students aged 16 and over a chance to participate in some work experience at the NIHR Cambridge CRF. Three times a year, we give students a chance to spend a day with us, learning from our experienced team on all aspects of clinical research.   

We work in collaboration with the Cambridge University Hospitals Work Opportunities Team. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email the team or call them on 01223 250887

Healthy Volunteer Research

We have opportunities for healthy volunteers to participate in healthy metabolic measurement studies.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch Email Us or telephone 01223 596077

If you’re over 17 years old- CRF 149, Patient Information Sheet

If you are age 6-16 years old- Patient Information Sheet 6-10 years

Patient Information Sheet 11+ years

Patient Information Leaflet for parents/ carers

A day in the life video: taking part in Healthy Metabolic Measurement Research

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A new trial taking place in UK to look at the best treatment for vasculitis has recruited its first patient – a child aged 10

A national trial led by chief investigator Professor David Jayne, NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre researcher and supported by the NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility (CRF), is testing which biologic drugs – those that directly target the immune system – are most effective to treat vasculitis in all ages.

Click here to read more about the trial