Date: 16 September 2019
A group of young people which has supported a wide range of clinical research studies in the past 10 years, gathered on Saturday 7 September to celebrate their achievements.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands Young Persons’ Steering Group has been meeting regularly in Birmingham since its inception in 2009, to raise awareness of research and opportunities to take part, as well as working with teams across the region to improve research delivery.
Lizzie Hyde, aged 21 who has been a member of the group since she was 11 years old and is now studying Pharmacy at Keele University, commented: ‘It’s been a great day - it was lovely to see so many members past and present and some of the researchers we have worked with over the years. If it wasn’t for clinical research, I wouldn’t have made it to my fifth birthday, so I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to give something back.’
Over the years the group has:
The Network’s Clinical Director Professor Jeremy Kirk said: ‘It’s impossible to overestimate the contribution these young people have made to research in our region, and far beyond, in the past 10 years. Their passion, commitment and dedication in giving up their time
with this valuable work is admirable and to be commended and it is only right that we give our thanks for their hard work. Here’s to the next 10 years!’.
Members of the group are pictured at the event.
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