NIHR logoThe National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) has released figures from its latest annual performance report, and there’s good news for both dementia research and clinical studies in general.

The figures show that every NHS trust in England is now research active. This is positive news, as research is crucial to better patient experiences, providing evidence about “what works” so that treatments for patients can be improved and refined.

The report also shows a total of 34,812 participants were recruited into the CRN’s Dementias and Neurodegeneration (DeNDRoN) studies in 2015/16 – a 62% increase on the previous year. These studies included a variety of research, from drug trials and interviews to online brain training studies.

An increasing proportion of these people were recruited directly through Join Dementia Research, illustrating the improved link between researchers and volunteers that this service provides.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the research teams using Join Dementia Research and everyone that has helped promote the service, including our Champions, the Local Clinical Research Networks and all our partners. A big thank you, of course, goes to everyone who has registered as a volunteer – you are helping research to happen.

The best way to ensure you match to relevant studies is to keep your profile up-to-date with all your current information. We’ve recently added a couple of new questions so if you’ve not logged in for a while, please do take a moment to check your details. To update your your account, log in here.

You can find out more about the recently published annual performance report from the CRN by visiting the CRN website.