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Research Bulletin - March 2016 (Issue 3)


March is shaping up to be a great month with SHARE reaching its 100,000 sign up milestone and a £6million investment in the Scottish Genomes Partnership announced by Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health. Read more in this issue of Research Bulletin, along with information on funding calls, consultations and events. Make sure you put the date in your diary for our 2016 NRS Conference (Wednesday 26 October) and if you have not already read our January issue of our quarterly magazine, Research Matters, make sure you take some time to do so. It features lots of useful information on personnel changes, charity collaboration in Scotland and feature trials delivering real benefits for patients in Scotland. As always your ideas, feedback and contributions are welcome.

Save the date! 26 October 2016
NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Annual Conference
Building on the success of our 2015 NRS Conference, planning is now underway for 2016. We are delighted to be returning to the Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre on Wednesday 26th October. We are developing an exciting programme showcasing Scotland's research strengths and will be circulating more information over the coming weeks on how you can get involved in making 2016 the biggest and best NRS Conference. 

SHARE Reaches 100k milestone
Television presenter, and former Rector of the University of Dundee, Lorraine Kelly has become the 100,000th volunteer to join SHARE - a register of people interested in participating in health research. SHARE aims to make it easier for researchers to identify suitable recruits from Scotland to carry out ground breaking medical research. It also allows patients to give their permission for blood left over from routine testing to be used to help improve treatments for a range of diseases. Read more
Investing in cutting edge medical research
A £6 million investment in the Scottish Genomes Partnership (SGP), a collaboration of Scottish Universities and the NHS, was announced by Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health on 1st March, ahead of a parliamentary reception to mark Rare Disease Day. Read more

UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research
Comments due by 24 March 
The Chief Scientist Office (CSO), along with the Health Research Authority (HRA) and other devolved administrations, has been working to develop a draft UK-wide policy framework to replace the existing country specific versions. CSO is now inviting comments from Scottish organisations on that draft framework. A parallel exercise is being undertaken in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. More information available via Chief Scientist Office with comments due by 24 March. 

NIHR – Funding Call
NIHR are accepting applications to their Researcher led Health Services and Delivery Research programme until 14th April 2016. They are particularly interested in research into the organisation and quality of care in the last year of life.
Read more.

Critical Care Research in Scotland
The Critical Care Specialty Group will host an event on 16 March in Edinburgh to review the changing landscape of critical care research at Scottish and UK level.
Read more and book your place.
Reproductive Health & Childbirth Annual Meeting
The Reproductive Health and Childbirth Specialty Group invite you to their Annual Meeting taking place on 26 April in Stirling. Read more and book your place.


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


NHS Research Scotland (NRS) is a partnership of Scottish NHS Boards and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of Scottish Government. NHS Research Scotland Central Management Team is hosted by Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (Ltd).

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