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Research Bulletin - January 2022 (Issue 71)


We begin the new year with new opportunities. The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) welcomes applications for the role of Chief Scientist (Health). This part-time role is a unique opportunity for an exceptional candidate to lead research, development and innovation (R,D&I) in the Scottish NHS and ensure that Scotland retains and develops its health research, development and innovation infrastructure, and its vibrant life sciences sector. Additionally, National Research Network Clinical Lead posts in Paediatrics and Mental Health are currently open. These are important roles ensuring the effective delivery of research projects in the NHS and work to improve the quantity and quality of research within specific clinical areas.

Also this month, changes have been made by the Health Research Authrity (HRA) to the rules on deferring registration and publication for commercial sensitivity; the outcome of the Precision Medicine Alliance funding call from 2021 has been announced; a consultation has opened on proposals to improve the UK clinical trials legislation; categories for grant funding from the BMA Foundation have been announced. On events, the call for poster abstracts for the NHS Scotland Event in June has opened and for abstracts for the RCN International Nursing Research Conference are welcomed. On trials, the University of Glasgow ReDIRECT study on Long Covid is looking for participants; and new reports on CSO funded research projects published this month include a look at the use of unscheduled care by people who die from cancer, and the longer-term health impacts of social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hope you find this issue useful and as always, your ideas, feedback and contributions are welcome
Applications invited for role of Chief Scientist (Health)
Applications are invited from candidates with the relevant skills and experience, who are interested in an opportunity to fill the role. The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 6 February 2022. Read in full
National Research Network Clinical Lead for Paediatrics
The Chief Scientist Office is looking to appoint a 0.2FTE Clinical Lead for Paediatrics. The remit of this role includes increasing the number of patients enrolled into trials. Deadline for applications is Monday 21st March. Read more
National Research Network Clinical Lead – Mental Health
The Chief Scientist Office is also looking to appoint a Clinical Lead for Mental Health. A key aspect of the role will be to ensure the recovery and growth of the NRS Mental Health research portfolio from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Changes to the rules on deferring research registration
From the end of this month, the way that you request to defer registration and publication for commercial sensitivity reasons will change. The new way of working will make sure that trusted information is publicly available. Read more
Precision Medicine Alliance Scotland Funding - Outcome
The outcome of the Precision Medicine Alliance funding call from summer 2021 has been announced, with 4 of the 10 applications being successful - 3 from NHS Lothian, and one from NHS Tayside. Read more
Consultation on legislative changes for clinical trials
The UK Government is consulting on a set of proposals to improve and strengthen the UK clinical trials legislation, and are looking for viewpoints to help shape this. The consultation is open until 14 March. R
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NHS Scotland Event poster abstract call now open
This year’s Event will be held 21 – 22 June at the P&J Live in Aberdeen.  Poster abstract submissions are welcomed on any aspect of work being undertaking in, with or on behalf of NHS Scotland.  Read more
BMA Foundation grant funding categories for 2022
The categories for grant funding from the BMA foundation for 2022 have now been announced, and can be read on the BMA website. Online applications are now open and will close on 4 March 2022. 
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ReDIRECT study opens for recruitment
The ReDIRECT study aims to test whether weight loss can help alleviate symptoms of Long COVID in people who are overweight. The study is looking for people experiencing symptoms of Long COVID to take part. Read more
RCN Research Conference - Call for abstracts open
Call for abstracts are now open for the RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2022, taking place in Cardiff in September. The over-arching theme of this year's conference is: Nursing research: Looking forward 
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Research Published - Understanding longer-term health impacts of social distancing
Research from the University of Glasgow indicates that physical distancing restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have reinforced health inequalities. Read more
Research Published - Use of Unscheduled Care by People who Die from Cancer
Dr. Sarah Mills at the University of Dundee has published research showing that unscheduled care attendance was substantially higher than previously reported. Read More
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