2024 FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture: Health research where you are

  • 14:30, 3 Jun 24 - 17:00, 3 Jun 24
  • 30 Euston Square, London
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2024 FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture: Health research where you are – from GP to care home

During this free event, a series of short talks and a panel discussion will explore conducting health research in different primary care and community settings, chaired by Professor Sir Aziz Sheikh OBE FRSE FMedSci, Professor of Primary Care Research and Development & Dean of Data at the University of Edinburgh.

This event is open to all and will take place in-person at 30 Euston Square in London (and online). A drinks reception for attendees and speakers on the venue’s rooftop terrace will follow.

Health research is crucial for any society aiming to improve people’s health and wellbeing. It is essential when developing novel diagnostics, treatments, vaccines, and technologies. Participating in health research can give people early access to beneficial treatments. It has also contributed to life-saving discoveries such as the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Conducting research in more ‘local’ primary and community settings such as general practices, care homes, pharmacies, opticians and dentists could improve peoples’ access to participation in studies. Improved access is particularly important for people from under-represented communities. Research in primary care and community settings could enable recruitment at first point of care before illness has progressed, aiding studies on prevention and population health.

However, there are challenges to conducting health research in primary care and the community. These include the limited capacity and resource of practitioners to engage in research. There are often less opportunities to take part in research for primary care and community practitioners. They may have to contend with a lack of research infrastructure and complex services. This event will consider how to overcome some of these challenges, so the exciting opportunities can be fully realised.

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