Research by design

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds the Research Design Service (RDS) to provide design and methodological support to health and social care researchers across England to develop grant applications to the NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes. RDS advisers in bases across England offer a unique breadth of experience and a proven track record in improving research applications. Advice is confidential and free of charge.

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Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR): Information Events

We are running a series of information events which offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding stream. Registration to these events will be FREE and refreshments will be provided. Professor Paul…

Dengue virus exposure may amplify Zika infection

Research suggests that previous exposure to the dengue virus may amplify Zika infection. Link: Dengue virus exposure may amplify Zika infection Source: NIHR

Parent-led tool opens up NHS children's heart surgery data to families

Researchers, funded by the NIHR HS&DR Programme, have launched an innovative communication tool that will help people make sense of published survival data about children’s heart surgery in the UK and Ireland. Link: Parent-led tool opens up NHS children's heart surgery data…

Helping children with autism transfer new communication skills from home to school

A new study tests if a therapy between parents and teachers can help children with autism transfer new social communication skills from home to school. Link: Helping children with autism transfer new communication skills from home to school Source: NIHR

New research to improve high blood pressure during pregnancy

Researchers in Oxford will begin a new programme of research to explore blood pressure management in pregnant women with NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (PGfAR) funding. Link: New research to improve high blood pressure during pregnancy Source: NIHR

Treating severe, steroid resistant, ulcerative colitis

New research has found that the two drugs commonly used to treat steroid resistant ulcerative colitis, infliximab and ciclosporin, are equally effective. Link: Treating severe, steroid resistant, ulcerative colitis Source: NIHR

Immune system link to heart attack risk

Research shows that measuring antibodies, proteins produced by the immune system, could be used to detect heart attack risk. Link: Immune system link to heart attack risk Source: NIHR

Managing alcohol-related trips to hospital

A new project, funded by the NIHR HS&DR Programme, is looking at whether alternative treatment sites for people who are drunk can help ease the pressure on A&E departments during peak times. Link: Managing alcohol-related trips to hospital Source: NIHR