Research Projects


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.


Studies Recruiting 2018

We are looking for people to take part in the following research studies: 


Near-patient testing to guide COPD MaintenancE Treatment in primary care.

This study is trying to identify if there are simple tests that can be done in a primary care setting to determine which patients will most benefit from steroid inhalers to control their symptoms. They are therefore looking for patients with a diagnosis of COPD that have not had steroid inhalers prescribed. The testing involves a breathing test and a blood test here at the surgery. For more information please contact the surgery for more information or go to the COMET study website at


Chronic Headache Education and Self-management Study

The aim of this study is to estimate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a group self-management programme for people living with chronic headache (migraine, tension type headache or medication overuse headache)

If you would like to know more please see


AF survey

Atrial fibrillation Survey: Quality of life, weight and symptom burden.

The aim of this study is to better understand the relationship between quality of life, weight, and symptom burden in patients with atrial fibrillation. Patients recruited would simply be asked to complete a survey and return it to the researchers.



Studies 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.

Completed Dec2016

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

Completed June 2017


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: (

Notice re use of personal data

Completed July 2017 


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.

Completed June 2017





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