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About health research

Research helps us better understand human health and wellbeing so we can:

  • improve current treatments, medicines and care, and develop new and better ones
  • diagnose diseases and conditions earlier or more accurately
  • prevent people from developing diseases and conditions

Clinical research trials and studies are part of everyday work in the NHS and you might not know it, but most care that patients receive in hospitals and GP practices is the result of research.

This includes experimental medicine trials, which look at the causes of disease, how treatments work and whether they are safe, and trials to test the effectiveness of new treatments to see if they are better than what is currently available.

Take a look at our FAQs on this page to find out more about clinical research in Southampton, including what it involves and how you can take part.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us by calling 023 8120 4989 or emailing