Joint Research Office


Space available for early career researcher to explore public involvement in animal research

12 March 2019

A space is available for an early career researcher to attend a workshop discussing best practices for patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) in animal research.

The workshop on 11 April at Friends House in Euston is being organised by Professor Gail Davies and Dr Rich Gorman at the University of Exeter who are carrying out Wellcome Trust-funded research on the topic, and who have just released a report on their research findings so far: ‘Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) with Animal Research.’

At the workshop, participants will have the chance to help develop specific recommendations and guidance for good PPIE in animal research.

Attendees will include research funders, public involvement professionals, animal welfare groups and patient representatives from areas such as cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. Workshop organisers want to hear the perspective of someone at an earlier stage of their career.

Patient and public involvement and engagement work is now common in later-stage research where patients take part in clinical trials.

But PPIE is less common in earlier, lab-based research, where use of animals is common. Researchers said that as the amount of PPIE in this area increases, it is vital that researchers develop ways of involving and engaging patients and the public in this work in meaningful ways which improve the quality of research.

If you are an early career researcher and would like to attend the workshop, please e-mail the BRC’s Matt Chorley at m.chorley@ucl.ac.uk, who will put you in touch with the workshop organisers.