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raised of £12,000 target by 95 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,854 to support pioneering research to improve health.

    Funded on Sunday, 1st October 2023

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    Story

    Help us fund a pioneering project to advance clinical trial design and improve health

    Clinical trials of new treatments for diseases, injuries and life-threatening conditions save many lives. Yet did you know that millions of pounds get wasted every year and many people still suffer unnecessarily because:

    - Half of all trials fail to recruit enough people

    - People who take part in trials are often different from the target population.

    - It is challenging to run trials testing 'new' treatments. No one wants to go in the 'control' comparison group when the new treatment might save or lengthen their lives.

    The Solution

    The Trials within Cohorts (TwiCs) design is an innovative approach to conducting clinical trials. The TwiCs design is now being used in many clinical areas (eg cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, alzheimer's, depression) to test a wide range of treatments (eg surgery, radiotherapy, nutritional therapy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, treatment by a homeopath).

    We are exploring how the TwiCs design is being used and learning from the experiences of trialists and patients in TwiCs trials..

    Why is this important?

    By improving how trials are designed we can quickly test more promising interventions. This will save millions of pounds wasted when trials fail to recruit and thus help the UK continue to lead the way in clinical research design.

    Who am I?

    I am Beverley Nickolls, a PhD Research student at Queen Mary University London. I am working with Dr Clare Relton, Professor Xavier Griffin and Dr Ratna Sohanpal to conduct pioneering research to improve how we design and conduct clinical trials, making it easier to develop life-saving and life-improving treatments.

    Impact so far

    My research so far has already positively influenced the way a large trial in Latin America is recruiting people needing support for mental health conditions, helping reach the people who need treatment the most. This is just the beginning.

    What I need

    I now have a very exciting opportunity to carry out this project over the next two years. The total costs are £22,500. This includes research expenses, tuition fees and a very modest part-time stipend. I have taken out a loan which will cover £10,500 of the project. I need £12,000 to successfully complete the project.

    How you can help us

    All donations are very gratefully received. It all makes a real difference to me, but most importantly to the project. In the spirit of that I’d love to offer rewards for some donations:

    £150+ donations will be acknowledged in my thesis


    £250+ donations from groups or individuals pays for me to speak about my research and your contribution at your group/event.

    Please do leave a message of encouragement.

    Please email if you would like to receive regular updates on my research. I will let you know how your contribution has made a real difference.

    Any questions please email b.nickolls@qmul.ac.uk

    With many heartfelt thanks, Bev

    Please contribute to this pioneering project and help us advance clinical trial design and improve health.

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    • Beverley Nickolls1 year ago
      Beverley Nickolls

      Beverley Nickolls

      1 year ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Wishing all my lovely friends, colleagues and family a very Happy New Year! Thank you for all your support, encouragement and belief in me in 2022. I now only have £200 more needed to reach my £4k milestone to secure my research project for this academic year. It is an honour and a privilege to be involved in improving clinical and public health trial design so we can test new and promising treatments and interventions more effectively and improve everyone's health! Please help me get over the line if you can. With heartfelt thanks xx

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    • Beverley Nickolls1 year ago
      Beverley Nickolls

      Beverley Nickolls

      1 year ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Wow! Just wow! Thank you to each and everyone. Please continue to give if you can. It is very much appreciated. I am very excited about what this project can achieve to help the development of clinical research. This will help to ensure that new and promising treatments and interventions can be tested and be more readily available to help everyone.

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    • Beverley Nickolls2 years ago
      Beverley Nickolls

      Beverley Nickolls

      2 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Wow, this is pretty amazing. Thank you thank you thank you. I only need another £855 to ensure this research project is funded for this year. Please help if you can!

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    Page last updated on: 1/25/2023 20.49

    Supporters

    95

    • Siobhan

      Siobhan

      Jan 25, 2023

      Keep up the good work Bev, congratulations!

      £50.00

    • Leah

      Leah

      Jan 4, 2023

      £75.00

    • Lisa R

      Lisa R

      Dec 26, 2022

      Keep up the fab work you are doing Bev! It will help humans no end! It is very important work you are doing. Thank you. Lisa, Mam and Dad 🌸🌸🌸

      £20.00

    • SWHG

      SWHG

      Dec 22, 2022

      Good luck Bev from all at SWHG

      £150.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 20, 2022

      Keep up the good work, Bev!!

      £20.00

    • Diana Brown

      Diana Brown

      Dec 20, 2022

      Only just seen this!!! Wishing you every success with this project.

      £50.00

    • Stephanie Rajpura

      Stephanie Rajpura

      Dec 1, 2022

      Well done Bev, keep up the great work! 🙂

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    My name is Beverley Nickolls I am a part-time PhD research student at Queen Mary University London

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