Thank you to everyone who attended the Open Evening. It was wonderful to meet so many of you on the night. We hope you found the evening informative and enjoyable. If you would like copies of any of the PowerPoint presentations then please call 01223 746846 or email email@example.com and they can be sent to you. Please do let us know if you have any further feedback about the event.
A first clinical trial for the Cambridge BioResource!
Building upon the success of our ongoing initiative to recruit volunteers from clinics at Addebrooke's Hospital, the Cambridge BioResource is supporting what is hoped to be the first of many clinical trials. The DILT1D trial is investigating a potential new treatment for type 1 diabetes.
The Cambridge BioResource clinical team have promoted the trial in GP surgeries and pharmacies throughout Cambridgeshire. The Cambridge BioResource has also established a close working relationship with Boots Pharmacy, who have been extremely supportive of the trial. The DILT1D trial is currently progressing on schedule and initial results appear to be very promising.
A diverse range of studies are currently running with the help of Cambridge BioResource (CBR) volunteers.
Participation in several studies involves providing a blood sample. Examples of areas under investigation using blood samples include Alzheimer’s disease, AMD, multiple sclerosis, kidney cancer, type 1 diabetes and TB.
Other studies involve visiting Addenbrooke's Hospital to undergo tests and activities. CBR volunteers are currently helping investigations into schizophrenia and attention and behaviour using this approach. CBR volunteers are also visiting Papworth Hospital to help explore the impact of smoking in the development of lung disease.
In addition CBR volunteers are participating in studies that can be done entirely online, and currently these are investigating altruistic or prosocial behaviour and differences in thinking styles between individuals.
You can find a summary of all of these and other studies on our Research Studies page. If you would like to get in touch with any member of our team about participating in a study, please see our Contact Details page.
The Cambridge BioResource (CBR) Lay Panel was established to ensure that CBR volunteers are represented and have a voice. As part of their role, the lay members are invited to attend the BioResource Executive Board, which meets annually to oversee and monitor CBR activities and performance. During these meetings various issues are discussed relating to the procedures and practices that control the operations, accounting, management, and ethical and regulatory compliance of the Cambridge BioResource. Lay members are important to this process since they offer a fresh perspective and ensure that the concerns of volunteers are considered. In addition, lay panel members may be consulted throughout the year about issues that require a volunteer's perspective.
In January 2013, the Lay Panel met for the first time and many useful suggestions and recommendations resulted from the meeting. If you are interested in becoming a lay member or in providing feedback, comments or suggestions to the Lay Panel to raise on your behalf, please email us.
Patient recruitment to the Cambridge BioResource
In order to continue improving the resource that the Cambridge BioResource offers to researchers, we work with clinics within Addenbrooke's Hospital to recruit patients. Patients join in a similar way to other volunteers by providing a small sample and completing the study paperwork. However, as members of the Cambridge BioResource they offer a fantastic opportunity to researchers who would like to work with volunteers who are affected by the diseases they are investigating.
If you are a clinician and would like to invite the patients from your Addenbrooke's clinic to join the Cambridge BioResource you can find more information on our page for clinicians.
The Health Research Unit
In 2011 we unveiled our 'Health Research Unit'. This custom built vehicle was made possible by a generous grant from the Milly Apthorp Charitable Trust.
We use the Health Reseearch Unit to go into the community and offer people the opportunity to get involved in research. The Health Research Unit is also regularly parked on the Addenbrooke's Hospital site for patients, visitors and staff to visit. For more details about this exciting research venture, visit our Health Research Unit page.
The larger the Cambridge BioResource (CBR) becomes, the more useful a resource it is for researchers. The CBR Team therefore regularly presents recruitment stands and visits local organisations to recruit new volunteers. If you know of a business or organisation that would be willing to help us publicise our research, we would really like to hear from you.
Thank you for your support!
Many organisations have publicised our research and allowed us to use their facilities and we would like to thank them very much for their support: The Netherhall School, Cornford House Surgery, Saint Philip Howard Catholic Parish, Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall, Star Radio, John Lewis, Granchester Fair, The Grafton Centre, Pembroke College, Peters Elsworthy & Moore, Cambridge Central Library, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Colonix Medical Limited, Wherry Housing Association, Chesterton Community Association, Hills Road Sixth Form College, the Society of Biology, the University of Cambridge Department of Experimental Psychology, the University of Cambridge Computing Services, the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Anglia Ruskin University, St John’s College, Clare College, Homerton College, Jesus College, Wolfson College and the Open University.