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Research at York


We take part in and conduct research for many reasons such as:

  • improving lives by ensuring we have a quality of life for as long as possible
  • understand why things happen to us, the causality of disease

The development of new treatments and medical devices can take a long time, so often taking part in research is to help future generations, not immediate populations.

There is a continuing need to keep research going as our population is growing and we are now living longer which means many of us are suffering from more than one medical problem at a time (co morbidities).

Research can take many forms; clinical trials are not the only form of research.  For example, just being interviewed about your condition, by a researcher, can help them really understand your condition, and what you'd like to happen to make things easier for you, this is called Qualitative Research.  Other ways you can participate in research is to allow researchers access to your images or tissue, so they can investigate the workings of the human body easily.  Finally, looking at anonymised data, including results and hospital admissions can help us understand links and causation which otherwise could go un-noticed.

Working with academic researchers in universities is vital as they have the access to state of the art facilities and equipment that the NHS may not.  In addition, they have dedicated time to perform research, unlike hospital-based clinicians who often conduct research alongside their medical obligations.  What academic researchers often lack is clinical understanding of conditions, access to patients and their tissues and data, which is why all research active hospitals aim to work collaboratively with academics to work together on their research ideas.

We have many nurses across the different Care Groups.  The Senior Research Nurses and Lead Research Nurse can be contacted if you'd like to find out more about our research.

Lead Research Nurse - Cate Laven

Tel: 01904 725125


Senior Research Nurse - Kate Howard

Tel: 01904 725125


The Care Groups Kate covers are:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Intensive Care
  • Obs and Gynae
  • Surgery
  • Maxiofacial
  • ENT
  • Pain
  • Diabetes - Scarborough
  • Stroke - Scarborough
  • Oncology - Scarborough
  • Paediatrics
  • Sexual Health
  • Multi Morbidity Hub - Scarborough

Senior Research Nurse - Laura Griffiths

Tel: 01904 725125


The Care Groups Laura covers are:

  • Neurology
  • Dermatology
  • Rheumatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oncology/Haematology
  • Cardiology
  • Renal
  • Respiratory/CF
  • Palliative
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Psychological Medicine

If you'd like to know more about any of these areas please click here

1st April 2023 – 31st March 2024

York & Scarborough

50 research studies open to recruitment


3246 patients recruited into clinical trials