The Cambridge BioResource is celebrating its 10th Birthday! Established in 2005 we have recruited over 15,000 volunteers to date. So far we have supported 60 studies researching a wide range of conditions, including diabetes, autism, lung disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and cancer. Our volunteers have taken part in these studies on 10,190 separate occasions, with 189 dedicated volunteers having taken part in 5 or more studies.
In the last 10 years we have grown from a small project within a big research project at Cambridge University, to a significant organisation in our own right. In June 2015 we opened refurbished clinical space for our volunteers to participate in research studies, which includes a dedicated reception area for volunteers to ‘check in’. It also offers a ‘Biometrics’ room, which has been designed for studies where measures such as height, weight and blood pressure are required. We look forward to welcoming our volunteers to our new facility in the coming months.
We are also proud to announce that the Cambridge BioResource Nursing Team won the prestigious Nursing Times Clinical Research Award for their work in facilitating wider participation in research. The Nursing Times Awards – known as “The Oscars of the Nursing Profession” – take place each year, to celebrate and reward work that raises the standard of nursing practice.
At the Cambridge BioResource, we pride ourselves on having a ‘volunteer-centric’ approach to engaging volunteers, but our success would not be possible without our volunteers’ positive approach to research. The willingness of our volunteers to make time for research participation has allowed us to achieve high rates of participation and volunteer satisfaction. We are very proud of our achievements over the last 10 years, and are looking forward to the exciting developments that the next 10 years brings!