Take part in a research study

Take part in a research study

Every minute in the UK, someone new is diagnosed with a disease or medical condition. The treatment and support they will receive will, at some point, have been discovered by research.

 When you take part in a research study with us, you can expect a personalised experience that puts you in control of your care.


What type of studies are available?

Some trials are for healthy volunteers and others are for people with specific medical conditions. The trials we recruit to are usually “late phase” clinical trials. This means that the treatments have already undergone safety testing and are now being used in larger numbers of volunteers.


Which studies are open to recruitment?

We have several studies that are currently open and recruiting volunteers to take part. A few examples are below, but there are lots of opportunities available for a number of conditions, or for healthy volunteers.

Get in touch with the team to find out more.

Do you have high cholesterol?

The Royal Devon is supporting an exciting research study that is exploring the impact of a new medicine in preventing cardiovascular events.

If you or a family member is living with high cholesterol, you may be interested in learning more.

What is the study about?

This research study will assess if an investigational medication can prevent cardiovascular events (such as heart attacks or strokes) in adults.

Who can take part?

The study is suitable for people aged 40 – 79 who have a high cardiovascular risk, high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (also called ‘bad’ cholesterol) and have not had a major cardiovascular event.

How do I find out more?

The study is being run by the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR), Patient Recruitment Centre: Exeter.

To find out more, contact the team:


Seeking participants with a history of urinary tract infection (UTI)

The PRC Exeter (Based on the Wonford site at the Royal Devon) are currently looking for participants for a clinical research study to assess the effectiveness and safety of an investigational vaccine in the prevention of bloodstream infections. 

People aged 60 years or older with a history of urinary tract infection (UTI) are at an increased risk of developing a bloodstream infection caused by E. coli bacteria.

If you are interested, or you know someone who might be, please let them know about the study and share the contact details below. Further information on the study can also be found here.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are 60 years of age or older
  • Have had a UTI in the past 2 years
  • Feel comfortable, or have a caregiver who is comfortable, using an application on a smartphone

Find out more


The study, REDEFINE 3, is looking at a combination of two medicines. REDEFINE 3 is needed to help us understand how effective these two medicines are for reducing cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and stroke. This study is funded and sponsored by Novo Nordisk. To find out more about the REDEFINE-3 study, please visit www.redefine3.org.uk or contact the team: 


01392 406289

Find out more

NIHR Be Part of Research


Visit the NIHR “be part of research” page, to find upcoming trials in your area. You can narrow down your search by location or by medical condition to find the right trial for you.

Please note, not all trials on the NIHR website will be run in collaboration with The Royal Devon.


Become a research champion

Research Champions are patients, carers, members of the public, people who have taken part in a research study before, as well as those who haven’t. Something that they all have in common is that they are passionate about getting more people involved in research so that we can develop better care and treatment for everyone.

Want to become a research champion? Visit the NIHR website for more information

Last updated: July 10, 2024.