The NHS Research and Development (R&D) Forum set up #Red4Research Day back in 2020. It’s all about positivity, creativity and support in the face of adversity. #Red4Research is completely inclusive – anyone, any age, anywhere can participate – children, adults, even pets! Hopefully people might have a bit of fun along the way raising the profile and work of all those involved in the process. It is an opportunity to showcase the phenomenal work, learning legacy and the new innovative research systems/techniques that have arisen.
It is not country, group or organisation specific but powered by the collective efforts. Research isn’t undertaken by individuals working in isolation, it is collegial, made possible by people around the world working together. The #Red4Research campaign has been supported by people across the world in countries such as Africa, America, Australia, Chile, China, India, Italy, Malaysia, Spain, as well as the UK.
The NIHR BioResource Clinical Team in Cambridge work incredibly closely with our volunteers; coordinating appointments, explaining the consent process, taking samples, visiting clinics to recruit patients, visiting patients at home and so much more. They truly are on the front line for the BioResource, so we want to say a huge 'thank you' to the team, and we're delighted they took part in #Red4Research this year!
Pictured sunning themselves outside their clinic on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in the photo above, our Clinical Team said:
“It is a privilege to work with our BioResource volunteers and we in the Clinical Team want to say thank you for their contribution to research."
#Red4Research celebrates all types of research, but particularly the efforts made to further our knowledge about COVID-19. Check out the video below featuring our Director, Dr. Nathalie Kingston, explaining why the BioResource is such a unique and powerful resource in health research and why we had to respond in the way we did when COVID-19 emerged.
Today is about recognising everyone that makes research possible, including researchers and volunteers, both of whom we hear from in the video: "Our contribution to COVID-19 research".
Many of our colleagues are proudly participating in #Red4Research by wearing something red and taking a selfie for us to share on social media throughout the day on Friday, with a quote expressing what research means to them, or who they want to thank for making research possible.
Make sure to check out our Twitter feed for our photos and quotes, and the NIHR News and Research & Community profiles for more colleagues, volunteers, researchers and members of the public donning red in support of health research!
At the BioResource we are delighted to continuously celebrate the efforts made by our 200,000+ volunteers, the network of researchers we support, and of course our wonderful team of staff who work tirelessly to make the BioResource tick!
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