With the festive season upon us, it is naturally a time of reflection. Throughout 2021 the research community across Scotland has continued to adapt with great speed and tenacity to what can only be described as the biggest challenge our health service has ever faced. In his annual festive message, Euan Dick, Head of Chief Scientist Office (CSO) outlines some of the major research advances throughout 2021 and the vital role that our research community continues to play in saving and improving lives.
This includes PANORAMIC - a first-of-its-kind clinical trial to investigate the effectiveness of new COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments - which can be safely taken at home. Results from COV-BOOST have also been published this months and take on heightened importance with the emergence of Omicron and roll out of the booster programme. This new variant will present challenges for us all, personally and professionally and we will continue to work across the research community to navigate this fast-moving situation.
On behalf of NHS Research Scotland Central Management Team (NRS-CMT) and the Chief Scientist Office of Scottish Government we wish you and your family a safe and healthy festive season.
CSO Festive Message 2021
Euan Dick, Head of the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) reflects on major research advances throughout 2021 and the vital role that our research community continues to play in saving and improving lives. Read in full
Ground-breaking COVID trial opens for recruitment
PANORAMIC, a first-of-its-kind clinical trial to investigate the effectiveness of new COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments - which can be safely taken at home - has begun enrolling participants. Read more
RRG Programme - Six Month update
Six months have passed since the UK Clinical Research Recovery, Resilience and Growth (RRG) Programme was published, and the group's final update is now available to read online via the NIHR website. Read more
COVID-19 vaccine booster study publishes data
A world-first, UK-wide study has shown that six COVID-19 vaccines are safe. The study has shown that these vaccinesd boost immunity for people who have had two doses of AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech. Read more
NRS NDN launches new strategy
The new strategy from the Neuroprogressive and Dementia Network (NDN) lays out how the Network will involve, engage with, and support people with lived experience of neuroprogressive conditions. Read more
SRNCN Conference - Registration now open
The Scottish Research Nurse, Midwife and Coordinators' Network have opened registration for their next conference, taking place on Friday 25 March 2022. They are also accepting oral/poster abstracts. Read more and register
SHARE Symposium - Programme now available
Researchers are invited to the inaugural NHS SHARE Symposium on Wednesday 19th January 2022, 1-3pm. The theme of this event is ‘Tomorrow’s Medical World’. Read the programme for details or register for the event here
IRAS amendment tool updated to new version
The new version will prompt the applicant to consider if any of the changes made need to be reflected in the participant facing documents. Changes have also been made to the amendment tool to make it easier to use. Read more
CSO Early Postdoctoral Scheme Panel Members Needed
The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) are looking for a diverse range of academics to join a panel reviewing applications to the Early Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Expressions of interest should be submitted by 18 February.Read more
NCRI Group Vacancies - Open for applications
Vacancies are currently available for a Chair and Deputy Chair of the Breast, Colorectal and Skin Research Groups. NCRI are recruiting for these roles, with a deadline for applications of 7 January 2022 at 12pm. Read More
NCRI’s Network for Cancer Researchers
NCRI are looking for clinicians, basic scientists, statisticians, nurses, ECRs, patients and carers to join the NCRI Networks. These Networks will become a central hub for people working within the field. Read more
Research Published - Brain imaging strategy after minor stroke or transient ischaemic attack.
Dr William Whiteley and Prof. Joanna Wardlaw at the University of Edinburgh have published their research into the use of MRI scanning to predict strokes. Read More
Research Published - Brain Mapping Fatigue in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Research from the University of Aberdeen indicates that the brain biology which underlies fatigue in RA is complex and not explained by a single brain region. Read more
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