This page provides links for you to find out about specific research projects.
Morning or evening use of blood pressure medicines, which is best ?
The TIME Study is a large study, monitoring and comparing evening dosing of antihypertensive therapy with conventional morning dosing. If you take antihypertensive medication you could help us with this study. The study is funded by the British Heart Foundation and is due to run until 2019
In recent years, special monitors that can measure blood pressure throughout the day and the night have been developed. Results from studies using these monitors have suggested that night time blood pressure might be a better measurement of the benefits of blood pressure lowering. In addition, tablets taken at night lower night-time blood pressure more than tablets taken in the morning. The big question is, would night time dosing be better (or worse) than morning dosing in preventing the bad things associated with high blood pressure (such as strokes and heart attacks)?
The present study will try to answer this question. To do this we are asking patients who take medicines for high blood pressure to take part in a study that will compare morning dosing (sometime between 6am and 10am) with night-time dosing (sometime between 8pm and midnight).
For practical (and cost) reasons such a study cannot really be done in the conventional way where patients see a clinician regularly for a large number of study visits. For this reason we are doing this study by email and a secure website so there are no study visits at all. However, this means that only those patients who have internet access at home and a valid email address that we can use to regularly contact them, can participate.
If you would like to take part or learn more click here
Using Genetics to predict side effects of drugs
Scottish Researchers are looking for help from people to find the genes that may be involved in determining why some people suffer from drug side effects and some do not. The initial studies involve people who have had muscle problems on their statin drugs, or have had a reaction to blood pressure medications known as ACE Inhibitors. We are particularily interested in individuals who have had mouth or throat swelling known as angioedema, while taking ACE Inhibitors. The study involves a simple questionaire and a blood or saliva sample.
To find out more click here.
This study is funded by the European Union.
The Scottish Diabetes Research Register
The Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network
The Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network (SDCRN) provides staff to support many types of clinical studies for people with dementia and with other neurological conditions. In addition we have a patient and public involvement group which exists to engage people who want to help design research or to present their own experiences to others or simply to suggests topics in which they would like to see research carried out.
The Network has close links with researchers elsewhere in the UK and a new register of people with dementia who are interested in participating in research will be launched shortly under the title “Join Dementia Research”. If you are interested in being part of research or our patient and public involvement group please get in touch at contact-us@SDCRN.org.uk
Learn How your Child Learns !
At St Andrew's University we are trying to answer questions about how children learn to solve problems, participate in the social world, and construct knowledge. In order to do this, we need local families to participate.
If you decide to sign up, we’ll keep your contact information in a secure and confidential location and contact you when your child is the right age for a study. Your information will not be shared with anyone not affiliated with our lab. You can let us know if you want your name removed at any point in time.
All of our studies are approved by the local ethics board and are designed to be fun and engaging for your child. Most studies involve playing short games or watching short videos.
Find out more and sign up: https://developmentlab.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/ or email: email@example.com
Please get involved and spread the word about SHARE and help get the rest of the population to sign up to SHARE. Contact the SHARE team if you would like to help and would like to get promotional materials leaflets/posters etc for you to distribute. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public involvement in the design of new research projects.
Public and patient involvement (PPI) is a way of making sure that the people who are most affected by research have an opportunity to share their views of the research design, procedures and materials with the research team. The difficulty for researchers is finding members of the public and patients to help them. Please get in touch if you want to help out.
Trial Forge (www.trialforge.org), an initiative that aims to improve the efficiency of trials.
We are working to have this site to provide information on specific studies, and to provide forms for you to easily contact the relevant researchers if you wish to take part in their studies.