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Research Bulletin - May 2016 (Issue 5)


Today is International Clinical Trials Day – a day recognised around the world for the progress and life changing achievements made in clinical research since the first historic trial was undertaken by Dr James Lind over 250 years ago. The day provides a focal point to raise awareness of the importance of clinical research, reflect on successes and consider future challenges and opportunities. Considering the future, applications are now invited for the NRS/Universities Scottish Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme 2016 (closing 12 June) and the Department of Health are recruiting an Independent Board Member (Industry) for Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR). We celebrate Professor Steve Cunningham, and his team from University of Edinburgh, winning UK Clinical Paper of the Year at the BMJ Awards 2016 and announce the appointment of Clinical Research Champions across Children's, Stroke and Diabetes networks. In this issue you can also read more on our plans for the NHS Research Scotland Annual conference; and look out for the new conference website launching next week. As always your ideas, feedback and contributions are welcomed.

NHS Research Scotland Annual Conference
Wednesday 26 October 2016

Next week we will launch our brand new NHS Research Scotland conference website. Taking place on Wednesday 26 October at the Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre, Glasgow, we are delighted to confirm Paul Gray, Director General Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland as our keynote speaker. The programme is being designed around key themes from the Health and Social Care Research Strategy and will not only demonstrate our approach to emerging areas of science and successful delivery of high profile trials, but also explore our supporting infrastructures, initiatives, engagement with patients and the public and our place on the international stage. A focus on health and social care research will also explore our ability to link information from health, social care and non-health sources to support better treatment, safety and research. If you are interested in contributing to the conference there will be opportunities to submit poster and oral abstracts when the conference website launches. You can stay up to date @NHSResearchScot #NRSConf16.

NRS/Universities Scottish Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme 2016
Applications are invited from outstanding early career clinical academics, medical and dental, for five-year tenure track senior research fellowships to be held in one of the five Scottish Universities with Medical or Dental Schools. Read more
UK Research Paper of the Year
The Bronchiolitis Infant Discharge Study (BIDS), designed by Professor Steve Cunningham and colleagues at University of Edinburgh, and published in the Lancet has won the prestigious UK Clinical Paper of the year at the BMJ 2016 Awards. Read more
Independent Board Member - OSCHR
The Department of Health are looking to appoint an Independent Board Member (Industry) for Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR). Applications due by 12 August 2016. Read more
NHS Scotland Event
NHS Research Scotland will be exhibiting at the annual NHS Scotland event which brings together 1,500 healthcare leaders, key decision-makers and frontline staff and considers the future of health and care in Scotland. Read more
Network Champions Appointed
Clinical Research Champions have been appointed to provide national leadership in the development of clinical research activity in Scotland. The appointments across Children's, Stroke and Diabetes networks will take up post on 1st June 2016. Read more.
Reproductive Health & Childbirth Annual Meeting
Professor Bhattacharya, Research Champion for Reproductive Health, thanks all those who attended the recent annual meeting. Presentations are now available via the website. Read more

Dates for your Diary
Visit our events calendar for full details on upcoming events we are attending or supporting. If you wish to get involved contact


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