SHOPPERS will be able to learn about clinical research with an event at Templars Square Shopping Centre, Cowley, Oxford on Wednesday May 20.
They will be able to ask NHS staff about how they can get involved in ground-breaking research for conditions like dementia and diabetes at an information stand from 9am to 2pm.
The event is to mark Wednesday’s International Clinical Trials Day.
Alison Nicolson, whose husband Norman has dementia, will be available from about 10.30am to 2pm to talk about her experiences of clinical research.
Mr Nicolson has taken part in trials at the John Radcliffe Hospital that have included MRI scans, eye tests and analysis of his handwriting over his lifetime.
Visitors to the information stand will be able to learn about the range of subjects that are being studied in Oxfordshire with funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
The national body was established by the Government in 2006 to fund research that can improve NHS care.
At the stand will be representatives from the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Thames Valley and South Midlands and the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, both hosted by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Research covered by the NIHR includes subjects such as dementia, cancer, diabetes and genetics.
Visitors will also be able to take part in a mock trial by trying two pieces of cake and deciding which makes them feel the most full.
A clinical research open day will also be held at Oxford’s Warneford Hospital on Tuesday. For details click here.
For information about the latest clinical trials in Thames Valley visit Patients Active in Research Thames Valley.