I am fortunate in that my nearest hospital is the Haywood in Stoke-on-Trent. Apart from offering really good, supportive care, they are involved in a number of research programmes. I have agreed to be involved in two of those: the first about co-morbidity and RA, that is, looking at other health problems that accompany/are caused by/worsened by RA.
The second is looking at whether giving statins (drugs that reduce "bad" cholesterol in the blood) can help prevent the heart problems etc that often accompany RA.
I got involved for two main reasons - I want to contribute to improved treatment for people who have RA; and it's a good way to find out lots of interesting stuff.
So - are you involved in any studies, and what prompted you to get involved?