If you are interested in taking part, please contact us on 01372 384467 or use the Contact Form

What is the ADVANCE study?


The purpose of the study is to investigate the long term outcomes of battlefield trauma casualties and to compare these outcomes to those of a similar group of non-battlefield trauma individuals. The outcomes we are investigating include medical (in particular cardiovascular disease and osteoarthritis) and psychosocial outcomes.

Taking part requires you attend an appointment at Stanford Hall for a ‘Health MOT’. We cover travel costs, accommodation and as a thank you for taking part will give you a cheque for £100.

What happens if I take part?


Taking part in the ADVANCE study means spending a day with us at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.  If you need it, we will help you make arrangements to get there and back.

If you are still serving, this will count as active duty, and you will be able to use military transport to travel to see us. If you are not serving don’t worry, you’ll still be able to claim travel expenses for coming to see us.

The appointment starts at 07:45 and will likely take 4-6 hours to complete. During this time you will have:

X-ray of your pelvis and knees

DEXA scan of your entire body

Assessment of your lung function

Assessment of your bloods (e.g. cholesterol)

And more! See our Participant Information Sheet for more details.

I would like to take part in the ADVANCE study

1200 men who deployed to Afghanistan will be invited to take part in ADVANCE:

600 men who had serious battlefield injury whilst on deployment in Afghanistan, who were subsequently aeromedically evacuated to a UK hospital.

600 men who were deployed there at the same time who have been matched to the injured cohort based on their age, rank and role in theatre.

We have lists of names from the Ministry of Defence of people we are allowed to approach. It may be that your name is not on one of our lists; in which case we cannot invite you to take part. If you would like to see if you are eligible, please complete our contact form and we will check your name and service number against our database.

If we’ve been in contact but you haven’t heard any more then please get in touch here.

If we have never contacted you then this may be because we don’t have the right contact details for you; please get in touch here.

If I take part in ADVANCE how will it benefit me?

ADVANCE is a 20 year study, and you’ll be asked to visit 6 times across that 20 year period. Each time, accomodation and travel expenses will be provided, and you’ll have assessments on your bones, heart annd lung health. These inlude tests that are not routinely complete on the NHS, and can cost thousands of pounds privately. All of this you will get for free, and as a thank you for taking part, you will receive £100 for each vist, as well as a chance to enter a prize draw.

If I take part in ADVANCE how will it benefit others?

Your participation in ADVANCE will help us understand how injuries from Afghanistan affect people across the lifespan. There is NO research being conducted anywhere in the world that is looking in as much depth into this issue as ADVANCE, and our research will help shape future healthcare and policy regarding both physical and mental health of service personnel and veterans.

For more information on ADVANCE, please contact the Study Team.