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Research Bulletin - November 2021 (Issue 69)


Patients and participants are the foundation of clinical research. Without them research can’t happen, and healthcare can’t improve. This is a cornerstone of the UK vision for clinical research and a range of important developments are underway to create a patient-centred clinical research environment. 

Working with the Health Research Authority (HRA) and devolved administrations, new guidance to support the set up of interventional research projects at NHS and health and social care organisations has been published. The guidance is designed to bring research to patients by helping sponsors design and manage studies around the patient, and empower those who design research to put the participant, note the site, at the heart of study delivery. The first Make It Public annual report has also been published by HRA, committing to driving change across four pillars of research transparency: registering research; reporting results; informing participants; and sharing tissue and data; and NHS Research Scotland has also joined with HRA and partners across the sector to help fully integrate public involvement into all UK health and social care research. 

Also this month, the Glasgow Clinical Research Facility (GCRF) has won the ‘Student Placement of the Year: Hospital’ award at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2021; New members are wanted for the NHS Research Ethics Committees, including both health professionals and members of the public’ CSO has launched a new Postdoctoral scheme to support early career health researchers; a series of CTIMP webinars will take place in December for the different user groups involved; NIHR are seeking to appoint a Transitional Supportive and Palliative Care Lead, as well as Nursing and Midwifery Fellows; the National Cancer Research Institute is offering proposal guidance meetings to help investigators improve their proposals; and new reports on CSO funded research projects published this month include the CISCO-19 project looking at heart damage amongst those with COVID-19, and research into new anti-infective agents at the University of Strathclyde.

We hope you find this issue useful and as always, your ideas, feedback and contributions are welcome
New Guidance - Interventional research projects
New guidance to support the set-up of interventional research projects at NHS/HSC organisations has been published. This UK-wide guidance is a collaborative production between the Health Research Authority (HRA), the devolved administrations and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).  Read more
CTIMP Webinars now available
The Health Research Authority are running a series of free, live webinars during December. They are designed to help different user groups involved in CTIMPs prepare for the transition to combined review. Read more and register 
NIHR Transitional Supportive and Palliative Care Lead now open for applications
NIHR are looking to appoint a Care Lead who will have the specific role of supporting research in supportive, palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care in the hospice and community setting.
 Read more and apply
NIHR seeks Nursing & Midwifery Clinical Fellows
The National Institute for Health Research is seeking three outstanding leaders to shape and deliver strategic career initiatives for nurses and midwives as part of the ongoing evolution of the NIHR. Read more and apply
CSO Launches New Postdoctoral scheme to support Early Career Health Researchers
The scheme is looking for applications from both clinical and non clinical researchers who propose a project within CSO’s overall remit. The application deadline is Wednesday 16th March 2022. Read more
New Members Wanted for NHS RECs
NHS Research Ethics Committees (RECs) are recruiting new members to review applications for research studies. Both registered healthcare professionals and interested members of the public are encouraged to apply.  Read more and apply
GCRF wins Student Nursing Times Award 2021
The Glasgow Clinical Research Facility (GCRF) has been credited for its exceptional student placement programme, winning the “Student Placement of the Year: Hospital” at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2021.
 Read more
Make It Public - Annual Report now published
The first Make it Public annual report has been published. The strategy commits to driving change across the four pillars of research transparency: registering research; reporting results; informing participants; and sharing tissue and data. Read more
Improving Public Involvement
NHS Research Scotland has joined with the Health Research Authority (HRA) and key players from across the research sector to help fully integrate public involvement into all UK health and social care research. The group is working together to help address key findings from the Public Involvement in a Pandemic report. 
Read more
NCRI offers proposal guidance meetings
National Cancer Research Institute Proposal Guidance meetings offer investigators the opportunity to submit their study proposals for review and receive detailed written feedback to assist them. Read more
Research Published: Strathclyde Minor Groove Binders
Chemists at the University of Strathclyde have published research into Strathclyde Minor Groove Binders (S-MGBs), a completely new class of anti-infective agent, which may have clinically relevant activity against COVID-19. Read More
Research Published: Cardiac Imaging in SARS Coronavirus disease-19 (CISCO-19):
Researchers at the University of Glasgow have found that heart injury is common amongst patients with COVID-19, with around 1 in 8 suffering heart injury. Read more
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