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Requests for volunteers

External Research Studies seeking volunteer subjects

A number of University departments and institutes need volunteer subjects. If U3AC members are interested please contact the research leader or department directly.

BMR group at the MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory are currently recruiting volunteers who wish to take part in a study that is investigating the ‘Systemic absorption of titanium dioxide (E171) and silicon dioxide (E551) from commercially available foods’. Willing participants will be asked to complete study visits over a total of 4 days- this is made up of 3 visits within the volunteer suite at MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory and 1 day where collection of samples can be at home or within the workplace. Further information about the study can be found in the information sheet attached.

If you are interested in taking part in this study please email [email protected]

Status: Current as of June


Housing in later life: Meeting the future needs of Greater Cambridge
Project Director: Dr Stephen Green
Project Duration: April 2017 – September 2017
About the Project
South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City has a growing number of older residents. Responding to this, the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) has been commissioned to research the housing, care and support needs of people in later life. The research will identify the housing and other services currently provided locally, and estimate what will be needed in the future. We will speak to providers of housing, care and support services, and other stakeholders, to gather their views. Residents will also be consulted about their preferences, options and plans for later life. This will help to develop local policies about where new housing and care facilities are located, and the type of accommodation and services they will include.
The project team also includes Prof. David Robinson and Prof. Malcolm Tait (University of Sheffield).
How residents can participate in the research:
We are arranging several meetings with residents in different parts of Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire. These meetings will take place in late June and throughout July 2017. With approximately 10-15 other residents we will discuss with you your current housing, plans and preferences for future housing as you get older, and the types of help and support you may need. The meetings will be conducted informally, as group discussions, and held at convenient locations. They will last for about one hour.
If you are interested in taking part, we would welcome your views. If there are subjects you are uncomfortable discussing, we will not ask you to talk about these. Everything you say will be confidential – your name will not be used, nor will we pass your details to anyone else. We will ask your permission to record the meetings, so we can accurately use your quotes when writing up the research. You will not be named in anything we produce. For more information, or to register your interest in joining one of the meetings, please contact
Emma Smith
Tel: 0114 225 3073
Email: [email protected]

Status: Current as of June


Comparing forearm blood flow in healthy volunteers and patients with chronic kidney disease
Are you a healthy male or female aged 18 years or over and not on any regular prescribed medication? 
If so, you may be suitable!

If you are interested, please get in touch with our research team who will be able to provide you with more information:

Contact: Dr. Joseph Cheriyan
Tel: 01223 256653 

You will be refunded any travel expenses incurred as a result of participating in this study and you will be paid £250 as an honorarium for your participation.

Status: Current as of June

Volunteers Needed for Memory Studies!

The Memory Lab at the University of Cambridge is seeking volunteers for studies of how memory changes across the lifespan.
To be eligible, you must be aged 60+, a native English speaker, and have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing.
We have a range of opportunities available, which may involve completing computerised tasks, pen and paper tasks, or even getting an MRI scan of your brain.
All studies provide £7.50 per hour in compensation, plus an opportunity to help support memory research in Cambridge.
If you are interested in participating, or would like more information, please call 01223 333535, or email us at
[email protected]

Status: Current as at April 2017

The Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit  investigates fundamental human cognitive processes such as attention, language, memory and emotion.  Our experiments explore how these change throughout the lifespan and how they become disrupted in disease and disorder.  Our Unit is based at Chaucer Road situated off Trumpington Road in Cambridge.  We need volunteers of all ages to participate in our tests which are either computer based, or in an MRI or MEG scanner.  You can sign up for studies here: and read about our work here: or alternatively contact the Panel Office on 01223 273715 or email [email protected]

Status: Current as at April 2017


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