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Tuesday 27 July 2021
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Francine Jury of Citizen Scientist, RL star Adrian Morley and Prof Bill Ollier
Francine Jury of Citizen Scientist, RL star Adrian Morley and Prof Bill Ollier

Red Devils captain Adrian Morley signs up to research project

Salford Red Devils captain Adrian Morley has given his support to the Citizen Scientist health research project – and urged others to follow suit.

The rugby league legend, who has earned more than 50 international caps as well as a cupboard full of trophies in his long career,  has become the 1,000th person to sign up to learn more about opportunities to take part in research.

Adrian was inspired to get involved through his support for Joining Jack, the charity set up to fund research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Jack Johnson, six, the son of former Wigan player Andy Johnson and his wife Alex, was diagnosed with the incurable, terminal condition in October 2011. Since 2012 Joining Jack (www.joiningjack.org) has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to fund medical research looking for effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

Adrian said: “Joining Jack and other charities do an amazing job getting us all to put our hands in our pockets and fund research into terrible conditions like Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It was a really special moment when I met Jack at the Challenge Cup final at Wembley in 2012 and, as a dad myself, I’ve done what I can to support Andy and Alex’s fundraising.

“The Citizen Scientist project is another way to help these good causes – signing up doesn’t commit you to taking part but does let you find out about the studies going on.

“It’s not about being a guinea pig but a way to help yourself and others to improve health care in the future.

“I’ve had my fair share of treatment from medics during my rugby career so I’m not too squeamish about giving blood samples and things like that but some of the studies just involve filling in surveys or answering questions about your health – anyone can do it and it could help change someone’s life.”

For more information about research in Salford see www.citizenscientist.org.uk or text CITZ to 80010 with your name and email or postal address. You can be involved as a healthy volunteer or look for research opportunities around your own health issues.

The Citizen Scientist Project was set up by the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and is based at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Project Manager Francine Jury added:  “We know research helps improve public health and patient care and the Citizen Scientist Project is a great way to find out about the different projects taking place to find better treatments and ways of tackling disease.”

 

You could help change a life today – one day it could be yours.