About Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a research program that involves participants testing a new drug or treatment. Investigators try to determine the safety and efficacy of the intervention by measuring certain outcomes in the participants.

Clinical trials are run by a principal investigator and a research team including doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.

The project is described in a protocol and must always answer the following key questions:

  • How well does the drug tested work?
  • Is it more effective than current treatment?
  • Is it safe and are there any side effects?

A clinical trial involves 4 phases and members of the British Research Panel are offered participation in phases 2, 3 and 4.

Phase 1

Focuses on the safety of the drug and is usually conducted with healthy volunteers. The goal is to determine the drugs most frequent and serious adverse events.

Phase 2

Research is conducted to see whether the treatment is effective in a group of people who have a certain condition or disease. A placebo is often use and safety continues to be evaluated.

Phase 3

The safety of the drug is further studied. Testing takes place on different populations with varying dosages and by using the drug in combination with other drugs.

Phase 4

This phase occurs after the drugs have been approved by the FDA for marketing. The drug continues to be monitored once it is on the market.

About Participation in Clinical Trials

Members of the British Research Panel will be informed about clinical trials seeking participants via an email. If you already have filled out the general health questionnaire, we will be able to inform you about clinical trials that match your health information.

In our email there’s a link to an online questionnaire, that you need to fill in for us to be able to asses whether a clinical trial that matches your health information.

Once the British Research Panel has received your health information via a questionnaire, we will be able to help and guide you towards participating in clinical trials.

Our Research Nurse will call you to inform you if a trial matches your health information. If your health information matches a trial, we will provide you with more information and refer you to the nearest trial location to you.

After being referred to the nearest trial location to you, the medical staff at the trial location will ensure that you will be enrolled in the trial and help you test out the new medical treatment.

Participation is voluntary and you are able to opt out and withdraw your participation at any point.

Why Should I Participate?

Clinical research is completely dependent on patients’ participation in order to develop and test new medicine and treatments.

Some reasons why you should participate include:

  • You will receive access to the latest treatments for free
  • You will contribute to the development of new medicines and treatments for future generations and people with the same disease as you
  • You will receive care and attention from highly specialized medical staff and experts
  • You will gain thorough knowledge about your own illness
  • You will ensure that medical research and development continues to progress in British hospitals
  • You will be reimbursed for travel expenses and in some cases, you will also receive financial compensation for your participation


Yes, it doesn’t cost anything to participate in a clinical trial or become a member of the British Research Panel.

Yes, you can withdraw your participation in a clinical trial at any point during the process.

Your transport costs will often be covered.
If visits and examinations at the hospital are prolonged, you will also often receive financial compensation.

All research projects take place in research departments in public British hospitals and clinics. Usually there are multiple locations scattered across the UK.

How long do research projects last and how many visits do I need to plan?

It varies, but most research projects last 1-2 years. At the beginning there will be 3-4 visits where participants undergo examinations. After this, visits are usually every 3 months.

Questionnaires are developed on the basis of the research projects inclusion and exclusion criteria.

All questionnaires have been prepared in collaboration with a Research Nurse who has thoroughly read the project protocol.

At the British Research Panel, we are constantly working to find participants for research projects. You may therefore receive several questionnaires each month, if there are multiple projects relevant to you.

Participation is completely voluntary, so you can always say no to participating and just to not fill out the questionnaire.