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Research Bulletin - June 2022 (Issue 76)

The next three year plan for implementing the vision for the Future of UK Clinical Research Delivery has been published today. NHS Research Scotland, alongside the Chief Scientist Office of Scottish Government, has been working with our partners across the system to develop this plan and improve how clinical research is delivered in the UK.

Speaking in support of the programme, Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Scottish Government said,

“The UK clinical research strategy, published last year, set out an ambitious vision to realise the true potential of clinical research. Over the last year, we have worked with our partners across the research community, across nations and across sectors progressing our shared goal of a more innovative and resilient research system with clinical research embedded in the NHS.

“This is vital to NHS recovery, and the phase 2 plan published today sets out key areas of focus for the next three years. Scotland is proud to be part of this work – by building on our combined research strengths across the UK we can make the vision a reality, help shape the future of healthcare and improve people’s lives for years to come.”

The role of clinical research as a key plank of health and social care in Scotland was further strengthened with the launch of the the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Gregor Smith's Annual Report 20021 - 2022. Featuring a section entitled 'The Value of Research', the report outlined the importance of embedding clinical research at the heart of health and social care, with medical research in Scotland credited with creating "jobs, income and savings for the NHS, international competitiveness, and economic growth." Read the full section on pages 31 - 33 of the CMO report.

Elsewhere this month, the Health Research Authority have launched a 'public conversation' about how research ethics reviews could be changed; new accreditation for Clinical Research Practitioners is set to strengthen the skills base of the NHS Research Scotland workforce; the University of St Andrews hosted an international dementia summit, bringing together leading brain health and dementia researchers from across the globe; and much more.

We hope you find this issue useful and as always, your ideas, feedback and contributions are welcome.
The Future of UK Clinical Research Delivery
The next three year plan for implementing the vision for the Future of UK Clinical Research Delivery has been published, supported by the UK government and each of the devolved administrations.
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Chief Medical Officer annual report highlights research
'Realistic medicine: a fair and sustainable future' is the latest report from Scotland's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gregor Smith, focusses on five themes, and includes a section on the importance of research to health and care. Read more
Ethics review for health and social care research
The Health Research Authority, working with partners in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, have launched a ‘public conversation’ about how research ethics review could be changed to make the process better.
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Register for 'Scotland’s innovation-led future' event
Held in-person and virtually on 7 July,  the event will explore artificial intelligence, innovative medicines, transformation in chronic disease and investment opportunities for life sciences in Scotland. Register here 
World-leading researchers attend dementia summit
The University of St Andrews hosted an international summit, bringing together leading brain health and dementia researchers from across the globe to form a partnership that could see Scotland leading the world in finding a cure for neurodegenerative diseases.
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Clinical Research Practitioners (CRPs) accreditation
Accreditation for CRPs is set to significantly strengthen the skills base of the NHS Research Scotland workforce, recognising the contribution of previously un-registered health professionals. Read more
NHS and Rural College launch Lyme disease study
A newly-launched pilot project led by NHS Highland, Scotland's Rural College, and Pfizer, which is working on a Lyme disease vaccine, aims to gather information on the link between ticks and climate change. Read more
Be Part of Research launches podcast series
Be Part of Research has launched a series of informal‌ ‌conversations‌ ‌with‌ ‌researchers‌ ‌about‌ interesting findings as well as studies currently taking place in communities across the UK. Listen now
SDRC launches annual report 2021/22
The Scottish Dementia Research Consortium (SDRC) Annual Report 2022, launched at the SDRC Annual Conference outlines ongoing work in dementia and brain health research in the past 12 months. Read more
NHS Scotland Assure Research Service launch event
Edinburgh Napier University are administering a £1.55M research and innovation fund on behalf of NHS Scotland Assure, with an online launch event providing more information about how to apply. Read more
Access to Hospice Care survey
The University of Liverpool is conducting a survey which aims to discover what stops people from accessing Hospice inpatient care in the United Kingdom; and how this can be improved in the future. Read more
University of Edinburgh Movement for Life survey
The University of Edinburgh want to hear from people of all ages whether or not you take part in exercise/sport, to improve services that impact the quality of life and health of everyone. Read more
Vacancy: Scientific Officer, Research Ethics Service 
The East of Scotland Research Ethics Service  is looking for a Scientific Officer, who will be responsible for providing high quality, specialist and professional advice to a range of stakeholders. Read more
Research published - Mesenchymal stromal cells
This University of Edinburgh study examined preclinical testing of 'Good Manufacturing Practice' grade mesenchymal stromal cells, with the aim of improvlling quality of life for those living with Type 1 Diabetes.
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Research published - Monitoring Disease Activity in LVV
A University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian study recruited patients with active Large Vessel Vasculitis from all over Scotland, with the aim of developing new methods of assessing disease activity.
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Research published - SPARCLAR trial 
This University of Glasgow project examined the feasibility of a future definitive randomised controlled trial to compare two programmes for families of school-aged children with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Read more
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