Research at Wallingford Medical Practice
Wallingford Medical Practice is committed to engaging in high quality research, working in conjunction with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Thames Valley Primary Care Research Network. We work in conjunction with these organisations to help to implement clinical research in line the with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guide.
Any queries about the studies being run in the Practice can either be directed to your own GP, or the clinical lead for research, Dr Elizabeth Walker.
We are looking for people to take part in the following research studies:
DARE (Diabetes Alliance for Research in England)
This study is aiming to improve our understanding of diabetes and its complications. If you have diabetes, you may be invited to take part. If you decide to take part, we will arrange for you to see one of your usual diabetes nurses at the surgery. Your nurse will ask you some questions about your diabetes and collect blood and urine samples from you. We would need to take these samples as part of your usual diabetes check-ups anyway. For more information, please see the DARE study website.
Gastric ulcer disease
HEAT (Helicobacter eradication to prevent ulcer bleeding in aspirin users)
This study is to investigate whether a one week course of Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) eradication will reduce the incidence of gastric ulcer bleeds in patients using aspirin. If you are on aspirin you may be invited to take part in this study. If you decide to take part you will be invited to see a research nurse here at the practice. Your nurse will ask some questions and perform a breath test on you.
For more information please see the HEAT information on the NIHR website: (https://ukctg.nihr.ac.uk/trials/trial-details/trial-details?trialNumber=NCT01506986).
A study examining common and rare genetic variants associated with thinness.
You may be invited to join this study if you are very slim. If you decide to take part, you will be invited to contribute a saliva DNA sample for testing.
PiNS (Pain in Neuropathy Study)
This is a study designed to determine why certain patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy develop neuropathic pain and others do not. If you have a peripheral neuropathy you may be invited to take part. If you decide to take part you will be asked to complete a questionnaire, and attend a 3 hour appointment at the John Radcliffe hospital. At that visit you will be examined and then have special tests done including nerve conduction studies, skin biopsy and blood tests. Some reimbursement for travel costs is available.
Studies for which recruiting has been completed:
DevOAT (Cardiovascular and gut health effects of oat phenols )
This study was to investigate the chronic effects of daily intake of oat products on markers of cardiovascular and gut health.