Leighton Road Surgery, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
1 Leighton Road
Leighton Buzzard
Beds LU7 1LB
Tel: 01525 372571
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At Leighton Road Surgery we have an active and vibrant research team. This is headed by Dr Farah Paruk with the capable help of Research Nurses Vicki Courage and Jo Bishop.

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.

To find out more about Research and how it is affecting peoples lives, view these sides:

Research at Leighton Road Surgery

Leighton Road Surgery has an excellent track record in clinical studies. Previous trials have included EUDRAGENE, ASCEND, ISICA.

Anyone registered with the practice could help shape the future of health care by considering and helping with research projects. You may be approached by the practice and invited to participate in research projects. 

The information may be sent to you by post or given to you by a member of staff.  Please consider the invitation carefully. Participation is voluntary and declining to take part will not affect your medical care in any way.

If you want to put yourself forward for a particular trial please use the Feedback section of the website to give us your name, contact phone number and the trial you are interested in and one of the research team will call you.

We are closely involved with our local Primary Care Research Network, East of England (PCRN-EoE).

Currently Recruiting

If you think you may be interested in any of these trials, please contact Jo Bishop (unless stated otherwise below). Jo can be contacted via email at jo.bishop2@nhs.net or ring the surgery on 01525 215917.

HEAT – Helicobacter Eradication Aspirin Trial

Helicobacter eradication to prevent ulcer bleeding in aspirin users over 65 years.

Closed Trials

CANDID – Cancer Diagnosis Decision Rules Study

Looking at patients presenting with chest symptoms that have lasted at least 3 weeks and that may be associated with lung cancer.

Now closed

FAST (Fourfold Asthma Study Trial)

We are currently recruiting for an asthma trial, looking at the difference in changes in medication during an exacerbation. There are specific criteria for participating in this trial. It is open to asthmatics over 16 years already using both reliever and steroid ( preventer) inhalers.

Now closed

Stuttering/Stammering and Social Anxiety

NHS SNCCG and the University of East Anglia are trying to develop a new treatment for social anxiety in people who
stutter/stammer. Socially anxious people become very worried about having to interact with other people and may
avoid occasions where they have to do so.

If you think you might be interest in taking part, please visit the University of East Anglia website or download the recruitment poster.

Now closed

Personalised Medicine for Morbid Obesity

This study aims to investigate the genetic cause of obesity and diabetes.

It was previously shown that certain genetic differences account for 5-6% of morbid obesity cases. The management of obesity is challenging and better understanding of the cause of obesity will help find more effective treatments for patients.

Want to take part?

  • Check your BMI to see if you are eligible; 
  • Download the Information Sheet for further information and what the study entails. 
  • Complete and return the Reply Letter

Now closed

CPSS - Child Parent Screening Study

We are looking in to how we could screen for “Familial Hypercholesterolaemia” in children and their parents. Familial Hypercholesterolaemia or “FH” is a condition that is passed from parent to child. It affects 1 in every 500 people and results in very high levels of cholesterol and a high risk of having a heart attack before the age of 50. Affected individuals can be detected with a simple cholesterol test in children between 1 and 9 years of age. Testing at an earlier or later age is not as accurate.

If your child is found to have FH we would offer to test you as well because the condition runs in families. This would enable us to offer treatment to reduce the risk of heart disease in both parent and child at the same time.

Now closed

ASPECTS - Acute Stress Programme for Children and Teenagers

This is a project looking at how children and young people (aged 8-17) feel after frightening experiences like road traffic accidents or violence.

Now closed

3 Cs (Cough Complications Cohort)

For patients 16 years and over. A study looking to see if we can identify which people with a cough might get worse and develop pneumonia; this, in turn will help identify which coughs require antibiotics.

Now closed

TASMIN-SR -Targets and Self Management of Blood Pressure in Stroke and other at Risk Groups (TASMIN-SR)

This study is looking to see if people who have health conditions such as stroke/TIA or diabetes that increases the risk of experiencing future health problems, would benefit from having their blood pressure lowered by involving them in their blood pressure management (such as measuring their own blood pressure at home).

Now closed

End of Study information

TASMINH4: an unmasked randomised controlled trial

PERFORM - A Prospective Epidemiological Research on Depressive Disorder

European research is ongoing to increase knowledge about depression and its impact on patients’ daily life (social relationships, performance at work, etc.).

Now closed