Current Research Studies

Further Information regarding any of these studies please contact Kathryn Blurton, Clinical Practice Manager on 01395 441212.


A study looking at antibodies in the blood called CCP which is open to any person aged over 18 with joint or muscle pain. It is also open to first degree relatives over the age of 18 years of people who have been diagnosed with arthritis. The study involves a simple blood test which will be sent to Leeds Teaching Hospital for further analysis.

Research Centre: Leeds Teaching Hospital


This study looks at Inflammatory Back Pain in Young Adults.  The study is open to patients aged 18 to 45 who have inflammatory back pain. It will involve answering questions from a clinician. Taking part in the study will not change or alter any of the decisions your doctor will make about your usual care. If you are interested in the study, please speak to a member of staff who will transfer your details to the study team. 

Research Centre: Rheumatology Department, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Heavitree)


This study is open to anyone who has been diagnosed as diabetic in the last year, aged over 18 at diagnosis and is treated by insulin. A simple blood test is taken now and in three years time to help scientists discover whether early testing of blood samples helps to improve diabetes treatment. Appointments are at the RD+E.

Research Centre: Royald Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust


This study is open to type 2 diabetics and will involve patients trying three regularly prescribed diabetes medicines over a year. This is to see which one works best for the patient and to help improve diabetic care for others. If you are eligible you will be asked to provide a simple blood sample.

Research Centre: Royald Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust