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Research Bulletin - January 2023 (Issue 82)

As we enter a new year, it is vital that we have fresh resolve to strengthen the country’s research infrastructure and ensure reseasrch plays a central role in the modernisation of NHS Scotland. In support, the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) has announced the appointment of National Research Network Clinical Leads in five key specialities – Infectious Diseases, Genetics, OphthalmologyReproductive Health and Childbirth, and Respiratory. These topic-specific specialty networks are a vital part of Scotland’s evolving research and development infrastructure, driving high-quality studies across many areas of disease and clinical need.

New funding announced this month also provides a boost to Scotland’s clinical research infrastructure. This includes £4 million funding to Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMC) in Glasgow and Edinburgh to deliver early phases of clinical research; and  £2.4 million funding to the UK Clinical Research Facility Network (UKCRF Network) which includes multiple sites in Scotland. This increased investment will bring significant benefits to clinical research staff and the operational efficiency of Clinical Research Facilities across the whole UK.

Elsewhere this month, the Centre for Sustainable Delivery, through the ANIA Collaborative, is looking for those living with Type 1 Diabetes to take part in consultations helping to increase access to Diabetes Closed Loop systems across NHS Scotland; the Generation Scotland study is seeking a further 20,000 participants to take part in a project to better understand the nation's health priorities; and much more.  

We hope you find this issue useful and as always, your ideas, feedback and contributions are welcome. 

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Five National Research Network clinical leads announced
The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) has announced the appointment of National Research Network Clinical Leads in five key specialities – Infectious Diseases, Genetics, Ophthalmology, Reproductive Health and Childbirth, and Respiratory. Read more
UKCRF Network awarded £2.4 million in public funding
The UK Clinical Research Facility (UKCRF) Network has been awarded £2.4 million funding by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to support research studies over the next five years. Read more
Scotland’s former Chief Scientist awarded CBE
Professor David Crossman has received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to public health in the 2023 New Year’s Honours list. Professor Crossman served as Chief Scientist (Health) from November 2017 until June 2022, providing valuable leadership to research and innovation in Scotland, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Experimental treatments for cancer receive funding boost
Glasgow's Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) and paediatric ECMC will receive around £2.3m, and Edinburgh ECMC will receive £1.8m, over five years from Cancer Research UK and the Scottish Government, with a contribution from The Little Princess Trust. Read more
Opportunity to join the CSO Public Engagement Group
The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) are looking for new members to join their Public Engagement Group, which provides a lay perspective on the activities of CSO and ensures the public view is taken into account in relevant policy and funding issues. Read more
Members wanted for Translational studies committee
The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) wish to appoint new members to the Translational Clinical Studies Research Funding Committee, with expressions of interest welcomed from established researchers. Read more
PPI in Research Summer School 2023
This Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) online course (20 - 23 July) will provide you with the confidence and skills in PPI to enable you to undertake your first PPI activity or improve your current practice. Read more
CSO Early Postdoctoral Fellowships open 
Designed to build health research capacity in Scotland, and provide the opportunity for both clinical and non–clinical health researchers to develop their research following successful completion of a PhD.
 Apply by 20 March 2023. Read more
Participants sought for Generation Scotland study
Generation Scotland are seeking a further 20,000 participants to take part in the project, where they will be asked for saliva samples and allow access to medical records to better understand health priorities. Read more
Diabetes Closed Loop consulting with the public
The Centre for Sustainable Delivery, through the ANIA Collaborative, is leading on the development of a national approach to increasing access to Diabetes Closed Loop systems across NHS Scotland for people with Type 1 Diabetes. Read more
Edinburgh Clinical Research Methodology Course 2023
This two-day course provides a comprehensive overview of the methods and frameworks currently required to perform cutting-edge clinical research, across the 13 and 14 March 2023. Read more
Help the HRA improve clinical research
The Health Research Authority (HRA) is looking for those who have worked, or participated, in clinical research to help understand what changes could be made so research can be more people-centred. Take the survey
Renal Research and Innovation 
The NHS Research Scotland Renal Network will host a Renal Research Day on 17 March 2023 at Perth Concert Hall. The day will provide an update on renal research and innovation across Scotland. Register to attend
Brain Health Summer School 2023
Delivered online, 12 - 16 July, this course focuses on the latest evidence for dementia prevention and promoting good brain health, considering both global and public health perspectives, including examples from clinical care, policy and research. Read more
NHS R&D Forum Annual Conference 2023
The NHS R&D Forum has announce that RDF23 will be taking place, in-person, at Sage in Newcastle/Gateshead 21 - 23 May 2023. The event will be held in association with the Health Research Authority.
Register to attend
Financial incentives help pregnant women quit smoking
A study funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), led by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, has found that offering financial incentives is a simple and cost-effective way to help pregnant women quit smoking. Read more
Sit Less, Move More concept proved
The Sit Less, Move More intervention, trialled by the University of Glasgow and funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), provides a novel approach in supporting older adults to achieve physical activity. Read more
Pilot trial to reduce cancer recurrence fears effective
A pilot trial to reduce the fear of cancer recurrence with patients, funded by the Chief Scientst Office (CSO) and led by the University of St Andrews, found that the intervention was well received and spurred further research. Read more
Pain relief intervention shows benefits
The first study to explore the use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for pain relief - led by Glasgow Caledonian University and funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) - reported physical and psychological benefits for patients in the short term. Read more
Urine test for stroke found to be ineffective
Researchers from the University of Glasgow, funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), found that a test for TriMethS molecules in suspected stroke patients was not able to accurately diagnose people with stroke. Read more
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