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Huppert joins panel of medical research volunteers

November 23, 2010 11:22 AM

Huppert and scienceA growing panel of over 9,500 local volunteers helping Cambridge researchers to make exciting advances in medical science has a new recruit - MP Julian Huppert.

Julian has signed up for the initiative known as the Cambridge BioResource which links local volunteers with leading research.

Julian has given a saliva sample and details of his family and medical history and his suitability to take part in future research studies will be determined on this information.

Volunteers help with studies aimed at identifying the interactions between genes, the environment and common diseases.

Julian will be free to decide whether or not he takes part in a part in a particular study and he will only be invited to a maximum of four studies per year.

Cambridge BioResource is located on the Addenbrooke's Hospital and is already supporting a large number of local research studies including in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, lupus and Crohn's disease. The use of the Cambridge BioResource is rapidly translating basic research into clinical research findings that will increase our understanding of human disease.

Julian said: "I am delighted to be able to volunteer for this project. It is essential that researchers have a cross section of volunteers if studies are to be effective and we are to make advances in medical science.

"This is an extremely worthwhile exercise so that we can have a better understanding of how genetics and the environment play a part in common diseases. A range of local studies have already benefited from this panel of volunteers."

John Todd, a Cambridge University researcher who not only helps run the BioResource and uses its unique facilities frequently, but is also one of the volunteers, said "We are very pleased and excited that Julian has volunteered and recognises the importance of the NIHR Cambridge BioResource.

"A major next step is to begin to invite patients and their relatives to join the BioResource. Meantime, we encourage other VIPs in the Cambridge area to sign up, not least the Secretary of State for Health!"