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Research Bulletin - October 2021 (Issue 68)


This month, the Health Research Authority (HRS) #MakeItPublic strategy has taken its first steps towards increasing transparency and openness in health and social care research. From 2022 the HRA will register clinical trials with ISRCTN, taking the burden away from research sponsors and researchers. New clinical trials approved by HRA will be automatically registered to ensure that information is publicly available for the benefit of all.

Taking steps to improve amendments to research projects after approval, the HRA are also seeking the views of sponsor trial managers, as well as participating NHS and Health and Social Care (HSC) sites across the UK with a new survey on issues with the implementation of amendments at participating sites across the UK. 

The Chief Scientist Office is looking to appoint a Chair for one of its two research funding Committees: the Health Improvement, Protection & Services (HIPS) Research Committee that considers applications for research aimed at improving or protecting population health or improving the quality, safety and/or effectiveness of healthcare in Scotland. Expressions of interest are invited from established academic and/or clinical health researchers based in a Scottish University or Health Board who have extensive experience of the conduct of health research in areas within the remit of the committee, the appraisal of research grant applications, and research grant funding committees.

Also this month, applications are sought for a range of programmes - NIHR Population Health Career Scientist Awardthe NES/CSO Clinical Lectureships, and trainee members to The Public Health Research (PHR) programme Prioritisation Committee. A range of virtual events take place in November, including Crohn's and Colitis UK Research Day on Saturday 6 November, and the Inspiring Innovation in Women's and Children's Care event on Tuesday 30 November. Registration is also open for the Neuroprogressive and Dementia Network Conference on 3 December. New reports on CSO funded research projects have also been published this month, including COVID-19 biomarkers, post-COVID-19 blood pressure, a participatory digital wellbeing platform and a Scottish Type 2 Diabetes Policy Model.

We hope you find this issue useful and as always, your ideas, feedback and contributions are welcome.
Neuroprogressive and Dementia Network Conference
The NRS Neuroprogressive and Dementia Conference will take place on Friday 3 December 2021 as a hybrid event, featuring the launch of the new NDN Strategy, as well as recent development in research. 
Read more and register
Partnership guarantees full picture of UK clinical trials
Clinical trials will be automatically registered to guarantee a full picture of research taking place in the UK, thanks to the Health Research Authority (HRA)'s world-first partnership with ISRCTN. The partnership will make it easy for researchers to fulfil their transparency responsibilities. Read more
CSO looking to appoint HIPS Research Committee Chair
The Chief Scientist Office is looking to appoint a Chair for the Health Improvement, Protection & Services (HIPS) Research Committee. Expressions of interest should be submitted by close 30 November 2021.
Read more
Population Health Career Scientist Award launched
The NIHR Population Health Career Scientist Award (PHCSA) is being delivered jointly by the NIHR Public Health Research Programme and the NIHR Academy. The award is open to applicants from across the UK. Read more
Prioritise your top ten ME/CFS research questions
The ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) Priority Setting Partnership are asking for Health and Care professionals who work in this area to complete a short survey to influence where research funding is spent. The survey closes at 5pm on 13 December 2021.
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Implementing amendments at NHS/HSC organisations
The Health Research Authority (HRA), alongside the devolved administrations, are seeking survey responses on issues with the implementation of amendments at participating sites across the UK. Read more
NES/CSO Clinical Lectureships applications open
Applications are invited from speciality registrars in training who hold a Scottish NTN and have completed (or will shortly complete) a PhD or MD. The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Monday 31 January 2022.
 Read more
Crohn's and Colitis UK Research Day 2021
Have your say in the future of Crohn’s and Colitis research at the Crohn's and Colitis UK 2021 IBD Virtual Patient & Public Involvement Day, from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 6 November 2021. Read more and Register
Inspiring Innovation in Women’s and Children’s Care
On Tues 30 Nov and 7 Dec, HISES, West of Scotland and Grampian Innovation Hubs, will host a virtual event on innovative, technology-driven solutions to address challenges in Women's and Children's care. Read More
Public Health Research looks for trainee members
The PHR programme is seeking to appoint trainee members to its Prioritisation Committee. Applications are open to current UK Public Health Specialty Registrars with a good understanding of front-line public health practice. Read more
Research published: COVID-19 Blood Pressure Endothelium Interaction Study (OBELIX)
Post COVID-19 blood pressure was higher compared to those without COVID-19, and appears that the kidneys may retain a higher level of salt.
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Research published: Participatory digital platforms
Examining whether a specifically tailored app (modified specifically for our project and population) could potentially be useful in supporting the psychological wellbeing of this population during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Research published: Host Biomarkers of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in COVID-19 infection 
Researchers at the University of Dundee have identified novel biomarkers of COVID-19 disease and disease severity, which could be used to develop new treatments.
 Read more 
Research published: Developing a T2DM Policy Model
The Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow have developed a Scottish Type 2 Diabetes Policy Model and piloted a web-based decision aid, which can be used to estimate the impact of interventions. Read more
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