Clinical Research Facility

Published on: 9 June 2014

Taking part in the Exeter 10,000 project could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions.

Exeter residents can help the advancement of medical research in a number of different ways with the Exeter Clinical Research Facility (CRF).

The CRF, a partnership between the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation trust, offers opportunities from donating samples to the Exeter 10,000 study to sitting on a committee that decides what research is done by the CRF.

The aim of the CRF’s research is to bring maximum benefit to patients, they rely on healthy volunteers and patients to take part in different aspects of their research.

The main gateway to participation in CRF research is the Exeter 10,000 study, which has already enrolled more than 7,000 participants and is open to anyone over 18. This study is a research register and a biobank. By participating in a 30 minute health assessment volunteers can donate samples that may be used 100s of times in the future by scientists who are studying the causes of disease. They can also sign-up to find out about other research run through the CRF.


The CRF also has a patient involvement group called the Peninsula Research Bank Steering Committee. This committee meets monthly and members are invited to give opinions on research proposals, ensure CRF publications are written in plain English and also help make decisions about the distribution of samples in CRF biobanks.

The CRF also supports the National Institute of Health research’s ‘OK to Ask’ campaign which encourages people to tell their doctors or their hospital if they would like to participate in medical research.

For more information please see the Exeter CRF website

Related links

» Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation trust
» OK to Ask

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