At Staploe Medical Centre we have an active and vibrant research unit. This is headed by Dr Gunstone and Dr Molyneux with the capable help of Research Nurse and trials co-ordinator Clare Douglas, Research Nurse Sandra Brown, and Research Administrator Rima Colston.
The trials team can be contacted on 01353 727690 if you are interested in taking part in research.
We are currently looking for patients with moderate to severe psoriasis for a trial of Secukinumab weekly injections for 4 weeks, following by monthly injections for 1 year. Some patients may receive a placebo (dummy) control injection for the first 12 weeks.
We will soon be looking for patients with type 2 diabetes who are currently just taking meformin but who need better control for a study of weekly injections of semaglutide versus oral canagloflozin daily.
So What is Research?
There are many different types of research from observational surveys to clinical trials involving new and novel medications. These are often comparing best-known standard therapies with newer therapies to see if they are more effective or cause fewer side effects. People use research to try and find the causes of diseases and to find better treatments and services for those diseases. Research is particularly important in Primary care as we can see the importance and effects of different treatments in a real setting, not the artificial setting of hospitals or in-patient research units. We are particularly interested in important conditions affecting patients in Primary Care (General Practice). The research areas are very varied depending on what is new, has great potential or areas where research is especially needed.
Research at Staploe
Staploe Medical Centre has an excellent track record in clinical studies. We have been invited to perform studies from many institutions large and small e.g Novartis, GSK, Astra-Zenica, Bayer. Over the last 5 years we have conducted 46 clinical studies. At present we have several active studies ongoing in the practice involving us and many other institutions worldwide. We are affiliated to UKPCRN. The UK Clinical Research Network was established to support clinical research and to facilitate the conduct of trials and other well-designed studies across the UK. As part of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, it works towards the development of a world class infrastructure to support clinical research in the UK. We also receive some of our funding from our local Primary Care Research Network, East of England (PCRN-EoE). This supports some of the non-commercial trials, as well as commercial trials we perform.