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Research Bulletin - April 2016 (Issue 4)


April is shaping up to be a very busy month with a number of changes impacting the research and development community in Scotland. With recent changes to the HRA approvals system in England, a short lecture outlining the changes will take place in Glasgow on 27th April; you can also read more about the replacement to the UKCRN Portfolio database in this issue of Research Bulletin. The CSO and Pfizer call for research proposals in rare diseases also closes at the end of the month, and in addition to planning for the annual NRS Conference (more information coming soon!) plans are well underway for the second Scottish Cancer Research Conference - Working with Industry. NHS Research Scotland will be exhibiting at a range of external events over the coming months so make sure you review the calendar and get in touch if you wish to get involved. As always your ideas, feedback and contributions are welcomed.

To share information on the recent changes to the HRA approvals system in England, a short lecture will take place from 12 - 2pm on the 27th April at the Medi Cinema within West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital. Although the talk will be of broad interest to the research community, we anticipate that the meeting will be of particular interest to anyone who is involved in seeking approval for studies with sites in England, such as project managers of Scottish academic sponsors for studies with English sites. Read more about the changes and register your interest via

CPMS replaces UKCRN Portfolio
The Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS) is the replacement to the UKCRN Portfolio database. The system went live on 31st March 2016. Training was held for Scottish National Portfolio Managers on 1st April 2016. For further guidance, materials and ability to set up account visit The first line of support for all users is the Study Support Service helpdesk. Queries can be raised either via email to or by calling 0113 343 4555.
Call for Proposals - Rare Diseases
The call for collaborative drug discovery research proposals in the area of rare diseases, announced by Chief Scientist Office in collaboration with the Pfizer Rare Disease Research Unit, closes on 29 April. Read more about the call and submission process.

Scottish Cancer Research Conference - Working with Industry
Wednesday 1st June 2016, Radisson Blu, Glasgow
Bringing together delegates from NHS, patient representative groups, industry and academia, the conference will explore opportunities and challenges to improve patient access to innovative cancer trials in Scotland. The conference builds on the success and positive feedback from the inaugural Scottish Cancer Research conference in 2014, with an exciting agenda presenting the strong ethos of collaboration in Scotland. Read more.

Clinical Research Specialty Group Lead Roles
The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of Scottish Government is seeking applicants for Clinical Research Specialty Group Lead roles within Clinical Genetics/ Rare Diseases; Critical Care and Dermatology. Closing date is Friday 6th May.
Read more
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


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