One of the world’s fastest growing medical research programmes, which is housed at London’s renowned St Bartholomew’s Hospital, has recruited its 10,000th patient.
The Barts Bioresource, which was launched in 2014, holds a wealth of clinical data for heart focused medical research, including biological samples and key patient medical information.
In contrast to other similar programmes, researchers have found that of 10,000 patients: 81% agreed for the Bioresource to use their healthcare related information for research; 90% agreed to be contacted about opportunities to take part in clinical trials; and 86% agreed to donate tissue.
Mrs Purita Cioffi, the 10,000th patient of the Bart’s Bioresource, said: “I have had heart problems for most of my life. I see this as an opportunity to save people a lot of pain and discomfort. It made complete sense to take part.”
Professor Art Tucker, ethical adviser to the Bioresource and the first patient it ever recruited, stated: “I am delighted and excited by how the Bioresource has grown in such a short period of time. When I first signed up as patient number one, the mission was simple: to help find new ways of identifying, treating and preventing heart diseases. We now have ambitions of extending the remit of the Bioresource to cover other medical specialities.”
Professor Steffen Petersen, principal investigator of the Bioresource: “I want to personally thank every single one of our 10,000 participants for helping to create this unique information-rich resource that will help improve the quality of life for patients and even save lives of many people; without their support and continuing contribution, this would not be possible ”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The Barts Bioresource is a partnership between Barts Health NHS Trust, the William Harvey Research Institute/Queen Mary University of London and University College London with support from the Barts National Institute for Health Research Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit.
Barts Health NHS Trust
With a turnover of £1.4 billion and a workforce of around 16,000, Barts Health is the largest NHS trust in the country, and one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers. The Trust’s five hospitals – St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City, including the Barts Heart Centre, The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone and Mile End – deliver high quality compassionate care to the 2.5 million people of East London and beyond.