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Be Part of the Future of Medicine, with MAC

Be Part of the Future of Medicine, with MAC

MAC Clinical Research is a healthcare organisation dedicated to improving global health, working to develop new and improved medications through clinical trials. MAC have comfortable clinics across the UK, including one right here in Blackpool.

Established in 1988, our healthcare suites operate right here on the Fylde Coast in Blackpool, and also in Yorkshire, Manchester and Staffordshire, so you can be sure that we have a clinic local to you.

Do you Have Osteoarthritis Of The Knee?

MAC is looking for people who would like to take part in a new UK study researching potential Osteoarthritis treatments.

Osteoarthritis study with MAC Clinical Research

If you’re eligible to take part you will receive up to £2000.

Head over to their website to register your interest

Are you suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Here in the UK around 12 million people have their day to day life affected by the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome study with MAC Clinical Research

MAC Clinical Research is looking for volunteers (aged 18 – 70) who would like to take part in a clinical trial for a potential new IBS treatment.

Eligible participants will receive £150 upon completion of the study, plus reasonable travel expenses.

Head over to their website to register your interest

Do you have Psoriasis?

Around 1.8 million people in the UK do have PSORIASIS… It’s a skin condition causing red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. The patches can be itchy or sore.

Psoriasis Study with MAC Clinical Research

MAC Clinical Research is currently conducting a trial to test a new potential treatment for moderate to severe psoriasis.

Along with other UK MAC clinics, the Blackpool clinic is recruiting volunteers. You should be over 18 to take part and your travel expenses will be covered.

More information on the MAC website

Be Part of the Future of Medicine, with MAC

Since 1988, MAC has been dedicated to developing new and improved treatments for a range of medical conditions. They include Eczema, Depression, Diabetes and Dementia, Osteoarthritis, and Pain.

Are you interested in helping to develop new medicines? MAC Clinical Research is looking for people to take part in trials for the medicines of the future. Every year 1000’s of people around the world volunteer for clinical trials. Without people taking part in these trials no new medications would be approved for use.

MAC is an award-winning healthcare organisation, with dedicated research sites across the UK. Thousands of volunteers are welcomed every year to take part in their medical trials.

Take part in a trial with MAC

You will be compensated for the time and commitment you make. MAC’s skilled medical teams will look after you through the trials and your GP will be kept informed of your participation.

  • For more information about MAC Clinical Research, and how you can get involved, please contact 0800 6335507 (and please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)
  • You can also visit the website:
  • Watch this short clip showing what it’s like to be a volunteer
Be a volunteer with MAC Clinical Research

Healthy Volunteers

Volunteer with MAC

You can also take part in a ‘healthy volunteer’ trial at MAC Clinical Research.

Every year thousands of people around the world also take part in healthy research studies. Without healthy volunteers no new medications would be approved for use, and treatments which we all take for granted and expect to cure us of various conditions just wouldn’t exist.

Current studies at MAC Clinical Research
Current studies at MAC Clinical Research

There would be no new or improved medications without clinical research. Even simple pain relief such as paracetamol has gone through the clinical trial process. It’s this process that is responsible for identifying tomorrow’s treatments.

Without medical research, the development of new and improved treatments is greatly limited. To make a difference or find out more, visit the website, or contact the patient services team on 0800 633 5507. And please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Memory and Dementia Research with MAC

With an ageing population, medications to help treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are needed more than ever.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia in the UK. Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. It can affect memory, thinking skills and other mental abilities.

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our time, the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK has warned. Globally, around 50 million people are currently living with it. But cases are predicted to soar to 130 million by 2050 as populations age. Statistics show that around 80% of patients show signs of agitation and aggression, with an increase in prevalence as the disease progresses.

Source: BBC (Read More:

  • MAC has a number of memory and dementia clinical trials that may be of interest to you or someone you know.
  • Do you know someone who might be interested in taking part in memory/dementia research?

Call 0800 633 5507 or visit for more information.

MAC Memory Assessment and Research Centre, Blackpool
MAC Memory Assessment and Research Centre, Blackpool

Alzheimer’s Disease Research cannot happen without your help

MAC is looking for people who would like to take part in a new study researching early Alzheimer’s treatments.

Men and women aged between 50 and 90 are welcome to join this study. You should have been diagnosed with Early Alzheimer’s Disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment, or have signs of gradual memory loss over an extended period.

There is a lack of treatment options available for people with Alzheimer’s. Current treatments only offer minor symptomatic improvements for a limited duration. No new drug treatments for Alzheimer’s have been approved in more than 10 yrs so there is an urgent need to trial new drugs.

You’ll be recompensed for reasonable travel expenses if you’re eligible.

Boosting the efficiency of current medication

MAC Clinical Research is currently running Phase III study looking at a new add-on medication that may have the potential to boost the positive effects of Donepezil  (Aricept) in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Clinics are available here in Blackpool. Also in Manchester, Staffordshire and Yorkshire if you’ve got friends and relatives in other parts of the country who would like to take part. Transport will be provided if required or reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed

Participants must have a project partner, such as a spouse, close friend, or adult family member, who is also available to participate in the study by attending study visits and providing information about the participant’s thinking abilities and behaviour.

If you’d like to know more, get in touch with Nikki Armitstead the Senior Study Coordinator at MAC on 01253 444451. (Please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast, thanks!)

Without clinical research, there would be no new or improved medications.

By taking part in a clinical trial here at MAC, not only will you benefit from a comprehensive health check, but you will also gain a sense of pride knowing that you are helping to identify treatments that may benefit the lives of future generations.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed, and some trials also offer payment for your time and commitment.

To find out more, or to register to take part in a clinical trial here at MAC, call our friendly recruitment team on 0800 6335507 or visit mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast, thanks!)

The New Research For You App

Available free on the App store and Google Play Store (search ‘Research For You’)

The Research for You app from MAC Clinical Research
The Research for You app from MAC Clinical Research

Key Features:

  • Local Research: Easily find clinical trials near you
  • Register for clinical trials: we will update you on your progress
  • Share Trials: Refer a friend for a clinical trial
  • Personal Account: Tailored experience based on your medical condition
  • Notifications: Notifications when you may be suitable for a new clinical trial
  • Messages: Clinical Research professionals can easily contact you
  • My Studies: Save studies that you are interested in and check your eligibility to refer yourself
  • News: Read newsletters about clinical research, health news and updates on current studies

Fylde Coast Dementia Hub

The Fylde Coast Dementia Hub is a one-stop offering support and information to both carers and people with dementia, their family and friends.

Fylde Coast Dementia Hub meetings
Fylde Coast Dementia Hub supported by MAC

The Fylde Coast Dementia Hub is held every month. The Hub is a unique, community based service with open access for Fylde Coast residents with dementia, their families, friends and carers as well as people who may be worried about their memory.

The Hub will offer a large range of information and guidance which will be delivered in partnership with many organisations and individuals alike.

These services will include the memory clinic, dementia nurses, a range of support groups for both people with dementia and carers, dementia researchers, lawyers, financial advisers and benefits advisers to name but a few. Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Advisers/Dementia Support Workers will also be on hand to offer advice and arrange home visits if required.

It’s held each month in a nice venue where you can sit and have a cup of tea and a chat in a relaxed setting. If you are affected by dementia or worried about your memory, come and find local information in one friendly place.

Dates for Fylde Coast Dementia Hub in 2019

25 July 2019 10-3pm: Clifton Hospital, Lytham St Annes FY8 1PB
30 August 2019 1-3pm: Bispham Fire Station FY2 9EA
27 September 2019 1-3pm: St Anne’s Fire Station FY8 2JQ
25 October 2019 1-3pm: Preesall St Oswald’s Church Hall FY6 0DU
29 November 2019 1-3pm: Trinity Hospice, Bispham FY2 0BG

Find out more about the Fylde Coast Dementia Hub‘Like’ the Fylde Coast Dementia Hub on Facebook

Become a Dementia Friend at MAC Clinical Research in Blackpool

Dementia Friends with MAC
Dementia Friends with MAC

Dementia Friends is held at MAC Clinical Research, Blackpool, on the LAST FRIDAY of every month. Free refreshments provided and car parking on site.

Dementia Friends gives people an understanding of dementia and the small things that people can do to make a difference. Learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.

Phone 01253 444451 for more details and to register (and please say that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!) You can also sign up to sessions at this link, selecting “results near” and putting in our post code of FY2 0JH

Or, you can find out more about Dementia Friends here

Clinical Trials and Studies at MAC Blackpool

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

MAC Clinical Research is currently running a trial to test a new treatment for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). It’s a poorly understood condition in which a person experiences persistent severe and debilitating pain.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome with MAC

The treatment being tested is called neridronic acid and will be administered as an intravenous infusion. It belongs to a family of drugs called bisphosphonates which have been used to treat a variety of diseases for the past 40 years.

The purpose of this clinical trial is to further evaluate whether neridronic acid is effective in reducing pain in patients with CRPS. In addition, this trial will investigate the safety of neridronic acid in patients with CRPS and its effect on other symptoms of the condition. There will be between 13 and 17 visits to one of our clinics over a period of 14 months.

For more information on how you can get involved, please call 0800 633 5507 – and please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast! Or you can find out more online at this link

Do you Suffer from Osteoarthritis?

Have you been diagnosed with osteoarthritis? MAC Clinical Research is conducting trials to try and help relieve the painful symptoms of Osteoarthritis. If you suffer from painful joints you might be interested in taking part.

Osteoarthritis Research Study at MAC

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that affects both small and large joints with chronic pain being the most prominent symptom in patients. It causes joints to become painful and stiff.

MAC is conducting clinical trials to try and help relieve the painful symptoms of Osteoarthritis.

Eligible patients will receive a comprehensive health screen, extended medical care and travel expenses or transport to the clinic will be provided.

Without participants in clinical research, there would be no new advances in treatment options.

If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee and would like more information, contact MAC on 08006335507 or visit

What is Osteoarthritis?

Stages of Knee osteoarthritis

The common osteoarthritis symptoms are joint pain and stiffness and it can have significant effects on people’s lives.

Depression, lack of sleep and anxiety

Depression study with MAC

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), also referred to as clinical depression, is a debilitating and chronic illness characterised by a broad spectrum of emotional and physical symptoms.

It impacts mood and behaviour as well as various physical functions, such as appetite and sleep. There’s no single cause of depression, it can occur for a variety of reasons and it has many different triggers. It affects about 1 in 10 people at some point during their life and can affect men and women, young and old.

Despite the availability of numerous treatments, those suffering from depression are usually treated with a marketed antidepressant therapy however not all patients respond sufficiently well to this. Therefore, achievement of consistent and favourable long-term outcomes still represents an unmet medical need.

If you are currently suffering from low mood or depression, we would like to hear from you. You may be eligible to participate in our upcoming clinical trials to assess potential new treatments for those suffering with depression and sleep disturbances and depression and anxiety.

More about the MAC Memory Assessment Centre

It’s between Bispham and Poulton off Faraday Way – near the Post Office sorting office. The Assessment Centre is in an inoffensive modern office building rather than a clinical hospital or clinic setting. There’s also plenty of free parking.

Reception at the MAC Memory Assessment Centre
Reception at the MAC Memory Assessment Centre

No matter how old you are, if you are concerned about your memory and worried that you might have a problem then you can simply phone and make an appointment for a free memory test.

The service is free to access, you don’t need a referral. Any treatment which you may need will be free of charge too – either through the NHS or through MAC.

Why might you have memory loss?

There are many reasons why people feel they have memory loss. Including stressful jobs, alcohol, a cocktail of prescription drugs, or a traumatic event.

If you’re worried that you might be one of the 800,000 people in the UK with dementia, it’s best to go along and get a check. It’s completely free of charge and will put your mind at rest.

Typically, dementia tends to affect older people, but the younger ones among us can be affected by early onset dementia. In fact there are 17,000 such people currently suffering from the condition in the UK today.

Mac staff team photo
Some of the team at the MAC Memory Assessment Centre

Watch this short video about a patient’s experience of being involved with the Memory Assessment Centre, and what a positive difference it’s made.

Video: visit to Mac Clinical Research

You’ll be met by friendly staff and a cheery smile, before being met by one of the practitioners who might be a nurse, doctor or even a professor. In the consulting room the process will be explained to you. Starting with a chat about your concerns and worries, and what has brought you there in the first place.

Friendly Staff and a Cheery Smile

Watch this short video clip where you’ll meet some of the people who you’ll see if you visit MAC

Video: meet the people who work at Mac clinical research

Medication can be a factor in memory levels. Things like painkillers for chronic pain, your former/current job is relevant. Patients are always encouraged to bring along a family member or friend to complete the picture.

Carrying out a memory assessment
Carrying out a memory assessment

There are different types of memory test depending on how a patient presents. A cognitive test is a measure of basic memory function. A more challenging test probes further. That’s especially useful for people who have been former teachers and secretaries who always get good results even if they have memory impairment. The tests include simple recall of words and numbers, a little bit of written work like writing number digits out in full. None of it is designed to trip you up. In fact the assessor will be observing you as a whole while they carry out the test. All the information which they observe is used in their verdict.

What if you have got memory loss?

If you go along for a memory test and your suspicions are right and there is a clinical reason for your memory loss, what then?

Well you’ve done exactly the right thing and been to exactly the right place. The service at MAC is free at the point of initial assessment. If you are found to have a condition, the service and any treatment which you receive is free while ever you need it.

You’ll be referred to your own GP and you may need to have simple blood tests to rule out things like thyroid problems and vitamin B12 deficiency. They can cause similar symptoms and are easily treatable. Or you may need a CT scan to rule out strokes and vascular damage in your brain and confirm a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. If you have got it, the recommendation will be made that you take Aricept (or a similar medication of this type). It’s the standard treatment for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.

The good news is that if you begin treatment with Aricept or similar at the very early stages of your disease it can help to slow progression. It also helps to reduce the effects of the disease, slowing things like personality changes and delusions.

Most people with dementia carry on as normal

In fact the biggest majority of people (two thirds of them) with dementia live in the community while just one third live in a care home. Currently, only 43% of people with dementia in the UK receive a diagnosis. As diagnosis and treatment improves so should the prognosis and quality of life. In 2012 the cost of dementia to the UK will be over £23 billion, so you can see why research and improvements in treatment and halting progression of the disease is vitally important. It doesn’t just affect each and every individual patient and their families, financially it affects all of us, even if we don’t know it.

The other benefit of the MAC Memory Assessment Centre is that they will keep an eye on you and keep checking your memory periodically for years to come if need be. Not only does it give you some peace of mind that you’re being monitored, it also creates a trail of evidence of your condition. And you’ve also got the benefit of an impartial advocate in the clinicians at the Centre, who will act on your best interests and on your behalf if they feel that your condition isn’t being managed as well as it could be, or if you’d benefit from additional support or treatment. They’ll also signpost you to support services and other sources of help.

Progression of your condition

So far so good. What about the future and the progression of your disease? One of the benefits of being ‘on the books’ so to speak at MAC is that you can access clinical trials as they come on stream. Clinical trials are the bedrock of progress – without them we’d not have penicillin and the flu jab – on both of which millions depend every year. The MAC Memory Assessment Centre was formed by clinicians and the advancement of medicine and treatment is at the very heart of what they do. In fact they were part of the trials for Aricept which has fundamentally improved the lives of thousands of Alzheimer’s patients already.

If you do decide to take part in a trial, and the drug works for you, then you’ll be given the opportunity to continue taking it for the long term, as an add-on to the standard treatment with Aricept and whatever else you take. Now you can’t say fairer than that, it’s got to be a win-win situation for everyone.

Read more about the MAC Memory Assessment Centre, including a personal experience of the service.

Trialling a New Alzheimer’s Drug

The number of people with dementia is steadily increasing. Currently there are about 850,000 cases in the UK, with numbers expected to reach over a million by 2021. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. It begins when a protein called beta-amyloid forms senile plaques that start to clump together in the brain. They damage nerve cells and leading to memory loss and confusion.

MAC and Lancaster University

David Allsop, Professor of Neuroscience, and Dr Mark Taylor, from the Faculty of Health and Medicine, have developed a new drug. In laboratory tests it reduces the number of these senile plaques and the amount of brain inflammation and oxidative damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Lancaster University has filed a patent application for the drug. It will be progressing into clinical trials run by the north-west research company MAC Clinical Research. If it passes regulatory hurdles, the aim is to give it to people with mild symptoms of memory loss.

Professor Allsop was the first scientist to isolate senile plaques from the human brain. Watch this little video clip about the project

MAC Clinical Research Trials on new Dementia Drug

Other contributing researchers include groups led by

  • Lancaster University’s Professor Christian Hölscher (formerly of Ulster University) and
  • Professor Massimo Masserini at University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.

Defying Dementia

Lancaster University launched the “Defying Dementia” campaign, in order to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and the new drug, and to raise funds for further research.

To donate, you can either visit our JustGiving page: or visit our website for information on how to donate via post, over the phone or find details online. Any size of donation is really appreciated and together we can defy dementia!

In terms of opportunities for businesses, we welcome sponsorship and support from everyone.

Careers with MAC

Are you looking for a rewarding career? Are you interested in making a difference? Would you like to join the team at MAC Clinical Research?

Visit to check out our exciting current job vacancies, at various locations.

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