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IMPACT Research User Group

Our Research User Group – or RUG for short – advises the IMPACT research team on various aspects of their research studies specifically investigating different areas of research into psoriasis; this includes both the physical and psychological side to the condition. RUG members do not take part in the research being conducted; this is to ensure the group can give objective advice on the research being undertaken.

Who can join the Research User Group?

The IMPACT and Psoriasis RUG is a group of individuals who have an active interest in psoriasis, either living with psoriasis themselves or living with someone who has psoriasis. The group has been established to ensure that the views of people with psoriasis are considered to both improve the quality of our research studies as well as making sure the work is beneficial, relevant and of a high standard. RUG members can become involved in various stages of the research process.

Where and how frequently does the group meet?

The group meet approximately every four months, in a central Manchester location. Meetings are usually a couple of hours but can be longer depending on the type of event. Members of the research team attend meetings to update the group on various research studies and discuss issues which they need advising on – this can include discussion new ideas for research projects, reviewing study information, discussing patient recruitment strategies, and ways to disseminate research findings to relevant groups. The group is voluntary and members are free to leave the group at any time.

Will I be reimbursed for my time?

All travel expenses are reimbursed and members are paid a fee for each meeting they attend. 

How do I get involved?

If you are interested in attending a meeting and possibly joining the group, please email the IMPACT team at with your name, email address and telephone number and someone from the team will be in touch with you. 

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