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Research Bulletin - May 2022 (Issue 75)

Whilst COVID-19 rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, research continues. A major new study into the clinical long-term effects of COVID-19 has been published this month in Nature Medicine - the CISCO-19 (Cardiac Imaging in SARS Coronavirus disease-19) study, funded as part of the Scottish Government's Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Rapid Research Response to the pandemic. The largest study of its kind to date, led by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, it followed for one year, in real time, 159 patients after they were hospitalised with COVID-19.

Research led by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and funded by the CSO has also reported this month in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, on the mental health impact of COVID-19 on gay and bisexual men.

Beyond COVID-19, tackling some of Scotland’s most prevalent health conditions continues to be vital. Three Scottish clinical research projects focused on Multiple Sclerosis, liver disease and survival rates for patients requiring ICU treatment are being run in collaboration between NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh, with funding from Precision Medicine Alliance Scotland research awards. Each of these research projects has the potential to dramatically increase available treatment options, improve patient outcomes and support a healthier Scotland.

This message will be reinforced at the upcoming NHS Scotland event (21-22 June), hosted at P&J Live in Aberdeen. Saving and Improving Lives – Clinical Research in our NHS will run both days as a parallel session, alongside an exhibition and poster showcase. You can register now to attend the event. 

Also this month, ENRICH Scotland has partnered with charity Iriss to produce new research guidance for care home staff; Maree Todd, Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport, endorses a new endometriosis research call; and CSO funded research with Glasgow Caledonian University investigating the development of a primary care-initiated hepatitis Ctreatment pathway in Scotland has been published in British Journal of General Practice. Looking forward, the Health Research Authority (HRA) invite you to join them at their new strategy launch on 8 June, and the Red4Research campaign returns on Friday 17 June, to thank clinical research staff and promote their work.

We hope you find this issue useful and as always, your ideas, feedback and contributions are welcome.
Heart inflamation found after COVID-19 hospitlalisation
One in eight people who were hospitalised with COVID-19 between May 2020 and March 2021 were later diagnosed with myocarditis, or heart inflammation, according to new research into the long-term effects of COVID-19. Read more
Research on mental health among gay and bisexual men
Researchers are calling for urgent action after a new study found that depression among gay and bisexual men in Scotland was 44% higher than men in the wider population and anxiety was 26% higher during COVID-19.
Read more
£7 million 'precision medicine' research projects
Three cutting-edge research projects into more accurate and effective treatment for some of Scotland’s most serious health conditions have received £7 million in funding from the Scottish GovernmentRead more
Developing a hepatitis C treatment pathway in Scotland
A new study from Glasgow Caledonian University, funded by the Chief Scientist Office, looked at developing a primary care-initiated HCV treatment pathway for people who use drugs, and recommend theory-informed interventions to help embed that pathway into practice. Read more
Scottish study could change heart and lung treatment
A study led by researchers from NHS Golden Jubilee and the University of Glasgow into the effects of COVID-19 on Scottish patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) has confirmed evidence that the virus is associated with impaired function of the right side of the heart. Read more
NHS Scotland Event 2022 open for registration
The 2022 Event returns in a brand new location for this first in-person outing since 2019, taking place at P&J Live in Aberdeen, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 June. The Event has no charge for NHS Scotland employees.
Read more
#Red4Research returns in 2022
#Red4Research Day on Friday 17th June 2022 and aims to get as many people as possible wearing red to demonstrate their support and appreciation for all those participating, undertaking and supporting COVID-19 and other research. Read more
ENRICH Scotland partners on new research guidance
New guidance for care home staff, produced in conjunction with Iriss – which has supported social work and social care in Scotland since 2008 – aims to be a concise introduction to care home research. Read more
Scottish Minister endorses endometriosis research
Wellbeing of Women announce a new partnership with the Scottish Government to unlock new advances in endometriosis research, improving outcomes for those in the UK who suffer from the condition. Read more
HRA Strategy launch event invitation 
The new strategy from the Health Research Authority, 'making it easy to do research that people can trust' sets out the organisations vision for high quality health and social care research today, which improves everyone's health and wellbeing tomorrow.
Register to attend
The Top 10+ ME/CFS Research Priorities published
The Priority Setting Partnership has completed a participatory process to identify the top research priorities to influence future research. The partnership was led by people with ME/CFS, their carers and clinicians. Read more
Invitation to participate in eye research survey
A priority setting exercise is being undertaken as part of the UK Clinical Eye Research Strategy, with anyone working within, cared for, or supported by the eye care sector invited to respond.
 Take the survey
Research Nurse/Midwife of the Year 2022 announced
Isobel Crawford, Research Midwife, Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been named the Gail Woodburn Award for Research Nurse/Midwife of the Year 2022, for their work recruiting to research studies, and supporting participants through the process. Read more
Research Published - Integrated Health and Care
A University of Edinburgh study looked at features of next generation personal, health and social care technologies, developing a roadmap to inform ongoing deliberations on the procurement, implementation, adoption and exploitation of these systems.
Read more
Research Published - Frailty in Health Outcomes
This project from the University of Edinburgh tested the feasibility of using information within routinely collected health records to identify frail patients in hospital, without requiring individual case notes review. Read more
Research Published - Tackling Health Inequalities
This project from the University of Glasgow aimed to explore health inequalities among people affected by homelessness, involvement in the criminal justice system, substance use, sex work, and severe mental illness. 
Read more
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