Any adult aged 65 or over who is in good health can become a member of the Birmingham 1000 Elders group. Joining is easy, all you need to do is print, fill-out, and return a short application form. This will provide us with contact details, basic personal information about you and some brief lifestyle information. The details are kept on a secure database so that members can be contacted to participate in research studies at the University of Birmingham.

We try not to contact members more than twice a year, unless you tell us otherwise. Often the research may involve only filling in a questionnaire, whist for other studies, members may be asked if they would be willing to come to the University to help with a study and this could involve for example giving a blood sample. In every case the research will have been approved by an ethics committee, you will be provided with a participants information sheet, and you will always be able to decline if you do not want to take part.

In addition to requests for your help, we send out regular email updates to all those members who have an email address and every member will receive a newsletter in the post once a year informing of research findings. Each year we organise an information day known as Age Well so members can hear at first hand the latest in ‘Ageing Research’ findings and gain information on how to maintain good health in old age.

To join the Birmingham 1000 Elders group please print and fill in the application form and return it to: Dr Lisa Fuller, Research and Knowledge Transfer Office, College of Medical & Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT. Alternatively, request an application form by completing the following form with your full name and address:

Data protection
The personal details of people who agree to become part of our Elders database will not be supplied to anyone other than researchers involved in appropriate studies at the University of Birmingham. All applications from researchers to access the database will have to be approved by the database coordinator and all studies will have ethics committee approval.