Clinical research is a vital part of the work of the NHS, which runs Umbrella’s clinics.

Our patients are at the centre of all our research. It helps us to understand how to treat certain illnesses, which may help you or other people in the future.

Research also helps us to ensure your treatment is up-to-date and effective.

To hear other people's experiences of taking part in a clinical trial, please visit website

Umbrella is run by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB).

UHB works with universities, charities, companies and patient groups to improve sexual and reproductive healthcare through:

  • healthcare services research
  • increasing research capacity within the field of sexual health and HIV
  • contributing to the research and teaching programmes within UHB, Birmingham City University and University of Birmingham
  • supporting the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network

If you have any questions about sexual health and HIV research, please get in touch.

We're currently running the following trials.


LUSTRUM trial logo

The aim of LUSTRUM is to improve the sexual health of heterosexual people and men who have sex with men. The programme aims to achieve this by preventing transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and reducing undiagnosed HIV.

For further information, please see the LUSTRUM website.

LUSTRUM website

PrEP Impact Trial

PrEP Impact Trial logo

PrEP is a pre-exposure treatment for people to reduce their risk of catching HIV.

The PrEP Impact Trial is recruiting 26,000 participants who are at a high risk of HIV, across England.

For further information on the trial, please see the PrEP page.

PrEP information, including Impact Trial

Taking part in our trials

If you're eligible to take part in a trial, our clinic staff may ask you if you'd like to sign up at your appointment.

If you're interested in taking part in research, please let us know.

Information about our research is also available on the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) research website.

UHB's genito-urinary medicine trials UHB's HIV trials

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The Be Part of Research website provides information about health and social care research taking place across the UK.

Be Part of Research

The NIHR Clinical Research Network Study Portfolio lists a large number of studies that are open to recruitment, along with study contact details.

Clinical Research Network Study Portfolio

Patient and public involvement (PPI)

We work with patients who volunteer to help us design studies which draw on their valuable experience. This helps to inform the direction of healthcare services.

UHB's research website provides information on our local PPI service.

Patient and public involvement at UHB

INVOLVE is a national advisory body funded by the NIHR to support public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research and development.

INVOLVE website

People in Research is a national database of opportunities to join patient advisory groups for research studies or to work with researchers as patient representatives. Active involvement will help the researchers consider the patient's perspective.

People in Research website