Signing-Up FAQ

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Who can take part?

We are no longer recruiting controls for the main NSPN panel.

We are still recruiting for the patient study, which focuses on depression and conduct disorder. If you have been approached to take part in this study, we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Why do you need my details?

If you would like to take part in the project, we need to be able to send you a home questionnaire pack in the post. Any personal details you give us will be kept secure and will not be shared with anyone outside the study team.

I’m a student and am available only in term time / only in holidays; can I sign up?

Yes; just let us know what times of the year would be most convenient for you to come into clinic. We may need you to have a follow-up appointment some time between 6 months and 3 years after your first appointment. If you are not likely to be available any more once you leave university, please let us know when you are due to leave so we can organise a follow-up before this time.

I don’t want to have an MRI scan; can I still take part?

Certainly; only a small fraction of our volunteers will be invited to have an MRI scan. If we invite you in for a research day, just let us know that you don’t want to be considered for MRI.

I really want to have an MRI scan; can you guarantee this?

No; only a small fraction of our volunteers will be invited to have a brain scan. We may not need any more people from your demographic (such as age group) so we can’t guarantee that you will be offered a scan. If you are keen to have a scan because you have a concern about your health, you should discuss this with your GP.

I don’t want to take part in NSPN any more; what should I do?

Please contact us to let us know, or you can just complete and return a withdrawal form; click here for a Word version or here for a PDF.

Please let us know whether you would still like to be considered for future studies, or whether you want to withdraw from NSPN altogether. Please tell us if you want us to destroy your personal data (e.g. name and contact details) and/or your research data (any anonymous data you have given us so far, such as questionnaire answers or genetic samples).

Is this a drug trial?

Absolutely not. We are researching how adolescent and young adult minds develop by themselves and no experimental trials are involved.

Are drug companies involved in this research?

No. The research is being carried out by University College London and the University of Cambridge. Our funding comes from the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health, which is independent of both political and commercial interests.

Shouldn’t the postal address be more than just FREEPOST NSPN?

Our Freepost address has been set up to be just FREEPOST NSPN, so your letter will reach us. Please do not write an additional address on the envelope, such as the address for the Cambridge or London office, as this confuses Royal Mail and can cause post to be misdirected or lost.

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