Research examples

Cancer

A research study might look at a new blood test that can detect different types of cancer earlier.

Researchers could use your blood sample and health information (for example, hospital or doctor’s appointments, and medications you take) to compare you to others and better understand how the new test will work for a range of people.

This type of research study could help to prove that the new blood test is a good way of detecting cancer sooner.

 

Dementia

Later in life some people can get dementia. There are many different causes of dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease). Current treatments work better for some people than for others.

Researchers could look for better ways to treat dementia using medications that people are already taking to treat other health problems. This is called “repurposing”. Your sample and health information (for example the type, dosage and duration of medications that you have taken) could help researchers to identify medications that could prevent or delay the start of dementia.

This type of research study could help to develop new and better treatments for people that might get dementia in the future.

 

New biological therapies

Some new therapies that use human cells or modify DNA genes are being developed to treat chronic diseases and conditions. For example:

  • a therapy to treat haemophilia (a genetic condition where blood does not clot properly)
  • a therapy to treat cancers using immune cells that are better at attacking cancer cells (CAR-T immunotherapy)

Researchers could follow the people who had these therapies to make sure that they are safe in the long-term. Your sample and health information (for example, doctor’s appointments, medication use and hospital visits) will help researchers to see if therapies might cause or affect other health issues later in life.

This type of research study could improve therapies and better help people who get chronic diseases and conditions in the future.

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