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…

Paving the way to fewer angiograms

Findings from the Clinical Evaluation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Coronary Heart Disease 2 (CE-MARC 2) trial were presented at the recent European Society of Cardiology’s 2016 congress. Link: Paving the way to fewer angiograms Source: NIHR

Psychosis associated with low levels of physical activity

An international study of more than 200,000 people across 46 countries has revealed that people with psychosis engage in low levels of physical activity. Link: Psychosis associated with low levels of physical activity Source: NIHR

Potential new test for bacterial infections including meningitis and sepsis

Scientists have identified two genes that are switched on when a child is suffering from a bacterial infection, a finding which could allow doctors to quickly distinguish between a viral or bacterial illness, and identify early cases of potentially deadly infections. Link:…

World's most in depth study to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease

6.9million project designed to identify biomarkers which can detect Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage. Link: World's most in depth study to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease Source: NIHR

NIHR CRN Gastroenterology achieves first global patient in a Antibiotic Refractory Primary Idiopathic Pouchitis study

The NIHR Clinical Research Network Gastroenterology specialty has achieved first global patient in a Antibiotic Refractory Primary Idiopathic Pouchitis study. This was achieved on 29 February 2016 at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Link: NIHR CRN Gastroenterology achieves first global patient in…

Recommendations addressing measurement of gender inequality in medical research published

Guidelines on how to measure the involvement of women in medical research more accurately have been published, as an output of research funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. Link: Recommendations addressing measurement of gender inequality in medical research published Source:…

New device offers hope for shock patients in intensive care

It’s hoped that care for critically-ill patients suffering from shock could be improved as scientists funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and Medical Research Council have successfully tested a new technology which records oxygen consumption in real time. Link: New…