Name of research project
Be Part of Research
What is the project?
As more research studies were being published showing that black and minority ethnic (BME) people were disproportionately being affected by COVID-19 it was essential that people from those communities agreed to take part in clinical research trials looking at COVID-19.
The Be Part of Research campaign was launched and a series of high-profile people were sought and agreed to take part in the initiative.
Celebrities Omid Djalili, Whoopi Goldberg and Sanjeev Bhaskar joined forces to appeal for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) participants to take part in vital COVID-19 research to help establish why people from BAME populations are at greater risk from coronavirus.
They took part in a video which urged people to take part in research studies so more could be learnt about the condition and how it impacted the vulnerable communities.
What is the aim?
To encourage BAME people to take part in clinical research trials so more could be learnt about COVID-19 and how and why it impacts those communities.
Who is involved?
- Centre for BME Health
- ARC East Midlands
- MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge
- NHS Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group
What are the benefits?
It had already been determined that BAME groups have a much higher risk of developing and dying from COVID-19 so people from those communities were urgently needed for clinical research.
As more people came forward, the researchers were able to further explore why BAME communities were more at risk and to continue looking at the best treatments.