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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Chipping away at stroke

Research into a smart chip that could save lives of stroke sufferers has been supported and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Link: Chipping away at stroke…

Non-prescription online pharmacies could be helping to fuel antibiotic resistance

Researchers have found antibiotics to be illegally available without the need for a prescription from 45 per cent of online pharmacies surveyed as part of a study looking at 20…

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study

Vitamin D supplements have been found to protect against acute respiratory infections including colds, flu and pneumonia, according to a study funded by the NIHR. Link: Vitamin D protects against…

‘BabyClear’ programme helps pregnant women stop smoking

Researchers from the Universities of Newcastle and Teesside have found that women are almost twice as likely to quit smoking if they are supported from their first appointment by a…

Latest NIHR podcast explores research and misconduct topic

The latest podcast for February as part of Allan Gaw’s ‘Business of Discovery’ series, is now available to listen to. This months podcast has a focus on research misconduct and…

Maintaining momentum with the latest issue of The Researcher

The third issue of The Researcher has launched today. This digital publication, created for health researchers by health researchers, aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and…

Major increase in midwifery unit births since 2010

Births in midwifery units in England have trebled, up from five per cent to 14 per cent over the last six years. Link: Major increase in midwifery unit births since…