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Research Bulletin - February 2022 (Issue 72)


Updates to Scotland’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's Strategic Framework in February recognised extraordinary advances in science and technology over the past two years, enabling a more sustainable response to the virus. Research in Scotland has been a vital part of the response, and we continue to support research to improve understanding of the virus. Just this month the latest SIREN paper on prior infection with COVID-19 has been released in the New England Journal of Medicine; new booster studies prepare to open, and PANORAMIC – a world-first study investigating the effectiveness of new oral antiviral treatments which can be safely taken at home – is open across the UK. 

In addition to trials, strengthening the research environment is vital. The Future of UK Clinical Research Delivery, sets out the ambition to create a patient-centred, pro-innovation and data-enabled clinical research environment. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has also now launched an 8-week public consultation on proposals for legislative changes for clinical trials which aim to streamline the regulation of clinical trials approvals, enable innovation, enhance clinical trials transparency, enable greater risk proportionality, and promote patient and public involvement in clinical trials. 

Also this month, the NCRI Children's Group has launched a survey to support input to their strategy, a landmark census has provided insight into the research nurse and midwife workforce; the UKCRF Network Annual Conference has announced an in-person conference for July; the NIHR Evidence Synthesis Programme is now accepting applications; a symposium on Scottish Transplantation Research has taken place; a new introductory course in Medical Statistics has been launched; and the NRS Pain/SPaRc Steering Committee has a vacancy for an ECR or trainee healthcare professional;

A range of studies funded by Chief Scientist Office have also published this month including a qualitative study into the effects of Minimum Unit Pricing; feasibility studies investigating the use of Pravastin for the prevention of preterm delivery and the effectiveness of laparoscopic treatment for managing chronic pelvic pain. A team from Edinburgh Napier University have also reported on childhood adversities and their subsequent impact on mental health and suicidal behaviour (CHASe) and a team from Glasgow University on a personalised memory aid app for use in brain injury rehabilitation

We hope you find this issue useful and as always, your ideas, feedback and contributions are welcome.
World Cancer Day aims to 'close the care gap'
On February 4, the annual awareness day launched a new campaign to better understand and recognise inequalities in cancer care around the globe. The Scottish cancer research community has pivoted to maintain as much progress in clinical research as possible.
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NCRI Children's Group - strategic survey
As part of a new strategy setting process, the NCRI Children's Group is looking for input from funders, researchers, policy makers, and patients and carers. You can help by filling out their online survey. Read more
Nurses and midwives working at every level
A landmark new census initiated by a group of NIHR 70@70 Senior Nurse & Midwife Research Leaders has shown that research nurses and midwives across the UK are working at every level in healthcare, from Bands 5 – 9. Read more
UKCRF Network Annual Conference 14-15 July 2022
The UK Clinical Research Facility Conference 'Collaborating for Success' has been announced as an in-person event, hosted by Southampton CRF at the Bournemouth International Centre. Read more
New HCP-Med programme for Healthcare professionals
Edinburgh University has launched a new medical degree programme (HCP-Med) specifically designed for healthcare professionals living and working in Scotland, to provide a unique route for them to become doctors.  Read more
New online introductory course in Medical Statistics
The new course, run by Strathclyde University, is free to all NHS staff within Scotland. The course will run in Spring (28/02/22 - 22/04/2022) and again in Summer (02/05/22 - 24/06/22). R
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Chance to join NRS Pain / SPaRc Steering Committee
A vacancy has arisen for an Early Career Researcher or trainee healthcare professional to join the Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC) / NRS Pain Steering Committee. Deadline is Friday 18 March 2022.  Read more
Latest SIREN Study paper released in NEJM
The latest SIREN study paper has been released in the New England Journal of Medicine. SIREN is a UK-wide study testing health workers to understand whether prior infection protects against future infection. 
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NIHR ESP now accepting stage 1 applications
The NIHR Evidence Synthesis Programme (ESP) is now accepting Stage 1 applications. Key skills will include information science and retrieval expertise, critical appraisal, health economics and epidemiology. Read more
Organ and tissue transplantation research in Scotland
Key professionals from across academia and NHS Scotland, with an interest in organ and tissue transplantation research, attended a virtual Scottish Transplantation Research Symposium on 27 January 2022. 
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MHRA consulting on new clinical trials proposals
The MHRA are consulting on a set of proposals to improve and strengthen the UK clinical trials legislation, to help make the UK the best place to research and develop safe and innovative medicines. Read more
Research published - ApplTree: memory aid app
ApplTree, an app designed to support memory in people with acquired brain injury, has been shown to improve user experiences in a recent study which compared it to the commercially available Google Calendar.
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Research Published - Treatment of preterm labour
A feasibility study investigating Pravastatin for the Prevention of Preterm Delivery in Women will be published as part of the PhD thesis of Dr. Eleanor Whitaker, suggesting that a larger scale study is required. Read more
Research Published - Laparoscopic Treatment
Professor Andrew Horne at the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health has produced a paper looking into the effectiveness of laparoscopic treatment for managing chronic pelvic pain in women. Read More
Research Published - CHASe
A team from Edinburgh Napier University has shown that more attention needs to be paid to adolescents attending general hospital for the first time for self-harm, poisoning, alcohol or substance use. Read more
Research Published - Minimum Unit Pricing
This qualitative study in partnership with Homeless Network Scotland, aimed to capture the experiences of Minimum Unit Pricing among homeless drinkers, street drinkers, and the support services that work with them. Read More
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