Patient and Public Involvement with the healthcare education programmes in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Are you interested in sharing your perspective of the Health Service, in ways that could lead to improvement of health care? If so, the Institute of Clinical Sciences is currently trying to achieve a sustainable and representative patient and public involvement group for curriculum development for both the new pharmacy and the independent prescribing programmes.  Although in an early phase of development, they currently have a new web page to explain the roles and opportunities that exist, with an area for registration where you can make contact and discuss the roles that you might be interested in. For further information please see .


Older People’s Cancer Voices Learning Events

Booking is open

Are you:

  • Involved in providing older people’s advocacy?
  • A commissioner of advocacy services?
  • Working in health and social care and interested in advocacy for older people affected by cancer?
  • A patient or carer affected by cancer?

Join OPAAL and her project partners I-CANN, Beth Johnson Foundation, Help & Care and Dorset Advocacy at one of our regional events.


  • London: Voluntary Action Islington Thursday 27th July 11:30am – 4pm
  • Manchester: Friends Meeting House Tuesday 1st Aug 11:30am – 4pm

2014 – 2017 OPAAL delivered Older People’s Cancer Voices, a three year Department of Health funded project; this programme ran alongside our £3.2m Cancer, Older People and Advocacy (COPA) programme. Older People’s Cancer Voices amplified the voices of older people affected by cancer into health and care settings “making the advocacy for older people affected by cancer that we are passionate about really sing!”

OPAAL developed a range of influencing resources in partnership with four project partners and co-produced alongside older people. These events showcase these tools and key learning from our cancer advocacy programmes; you’ll come away with ideas and tools to help you gain a better insight into the key issues older people affected by cancer want you to understand, to help you increase health and care professionals’ and commissioners’ understanding of advocacy and explore the potential for cancer advocacy provision in your area.

Sign up for your place now:

Can you help us to explore how ageing changes our brains?

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We are looking for healthy adults to help our scientific research. Participants will visit the University of Birmingham for up to three sessions: one interview session and two separate 1-hour MRI scans. We will pay you £7 per hour, or £20 for MRI sessions. Both newcomers and experienced participants are welcome.

If you meet the following criteria, you may be able to help us:

  • Aged between 65 and 80 years old
  • Right handed
  • No hearing impairment

This means you do not wear a hearing aid and have not previously been diagnosed with any hearing problems

  • No uncorrected problems with vision

This means you can see well enough to read and perform everyday tasks (it is not a problem if you need glasses for this)

  • No severe mobility or motor problems
  • No history of stroke

Or other conditions which can affect brain function

  • Comfortable to undergo MRI scans

This research relies on MRI scanning, which can be noisy and claustrophobic

Please discuss any concerns with the researcher; we can, for example, arrange for you to visit the scanning centre before you decide whether to take part

  • No metal implants

As MRI scanners are magnetic, they can be dangerous for people with metal in their bodies; this includes pacemakers, orthopaedic rods, and stents

Please contact Sam Jones for more information and to book testing slots that suit you:

Tel: 0121 414 5637 or 07965 283156

Read the Participant Information Sheet

Brain blood vessels health: What is the influence of atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and age?

Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm and its incidence increases with age. Atrial fibrillation is associated with increased risk of stroke, cognitive decline and dementia. Our research seeks to better understand the precise mechanisms for this. We believe an important potential contributing factor is that the ability of brain blood vessels to tightly control their blood flow is impaired as a result of atrial fibrillation.

We are currently inviting three groups of men and women aged over 50 years to participate, with a particular focus on the third group (healthy individuals).

  1. Patients with atrial fibrillation
  2. Patients with normal heart rhythm but high blood pressure
  3. Healthy individuals with normal heart rhythm and normal blood pressure

Anyone expressing an initial interest in participating is provided with comprehensive study information documents and a follow-up call is scheduled to check the eligibility to participate. The study involves a single experimental visit lasting one morning that will be conducted at the University of Birmingham Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at City Hospital. Travel to the hospital and parking charges will be reimbursed. The study includes a small blood sample, the completion of some questionnaires/quizzes, and the monitoring of your brain blood flow, breathing, and blood pressure.

If you would like to receive further information or have any questions regarding the study, please contact Dr Rehan Junejo on or Dr James Fisher on or on 0121 414 8011.

Read the Participant Information Sheet

Volunteers needed for a study of the effects of sitting time

Researchers in the School of Sport,  Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences would like to know how older people’s bodies and minds respond to physical inactivity.

You will be asked to visit our research facility in the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital on four occasions. The first visit will be a familiarisation visit lasting an hour, the remaining 3 visits will last six hours each. During these longer visits, you will be asked to sit for different periods of time. Before and after the sitting we will ask you to do some simple tests of muscle function and tests of thinking and memory.

If you are aged 70 years or over and think you might be interested, please contact Dr Carolyn Greig directly by telephoning 0121 414 8743 or, Dr Sandra Agyapong-Badu via e-mail to for more information (making an enquiry does not commit you to taking part!). Travel expenses will be refunded.

Read the Participant Information Sheet

Defining the role of lysosomal movement in age‐associated anabolic resistance in human skeletal muscle

We are currently recruiting participants for an exciting and novel research project in which we aim to understand why skeletal muscle of elderly individuals respond less to feeding and exercise compared to young individuals. This dampened response has been termed anabolic resistance and is believed to play a key role in the development of age-associated muscle loss (i.e. sarcopenia). Sarcopenia, which occurs independently of health status, leads to increased frailty, loss of mobility, an increased risk of falls and fractures and ultimately, a diminished quality of life.

By understanding why anabolic resistance occurs in elderly individuals, we hope that we will be able to develop interventions that can overcome this condition, thereby preventing the occurrence of sarcopenia. Thus, the overarching aim of this research is to improve the quality of life for a very large population of elderly individuals.

If you are eligible and willing to participate, you would be invited to four study visits. During these visits, you would perform resistance exercise and have your leg strength and body composition measured. During the last visit, you would also have muscle and blood samples taken to measure your specific response to feeding and exercise.

You may be eligible to participate if you are a healthy male aged between 65 and 75 years, have a BMI between 18 and 25 (check here:, are a non-smoker and of good general health.

For completing the study you would receive £200 remuneration for your time. In addition, you will get detailed information about your body composition and fitness level as well as access to the professional expertise of the research team on topics such as nutrition and exercise. Lastly, you will have the very rare benefit of knowing exactly how well you respond to exercise and food intake.

For more information, please contact DrWilliam Apro on or on 07572847201.

Read the full Participant Information Sheet – PIS v2 Lysotrack-ageing

Older adult representative required for executive board

We have recently been awarded a large grant from the NHS to look at muscle loss in patients with various chronic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and chronic liver disease. The grant will also try to find new treatments for these diseases.

One important aspect of the work is to have patient and public representatives on our executive board. These will be patients with these diseases but also older adults. We have one vacancy for an older adult and if you would be interested in doing this please email me and give a brief paragraph on why you would like to do this and please respond by Monday the 3rd of April 2017, I will then contact the selected person by Wednesday the 5th of April 2017.

This is not a paid position though we can cover travel expenses. The Terms of Reference for the post is attached below. The first meeting is on Friday 28th of April 2017 and there will be 2 further meetings this year and thereafter 2 per year. The commitment would be for 5 years if possible.

Read the Terms of Reference (Draft)