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    London achieves first recruits to Global Studies

    10th October 2016

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    NIHR 2015/16 Research Activity League Table coming soon...

    27th September 2016

    The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) 2015/16 NHS research Activity League Table, showing the extent of research activity in NHS trusts in England is to be released on Tuesday 25 October 2016. The league table is published annually, and for the first time, will also detail the amount of commercial contract studies being delivered by each NHS trust.

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    Join NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer at the NCRI 2016 Conference

    23rd September 2016

    The NCRI Conference will take place from 6 - 9 November 2016 in Liverpool. The Conference is the UK’s premier annual cancer research meeting attracting around 2000 delegates. This years Conference programme showcases the best in basic science, clinical trials, qualitative research and dataset analysis, and provides a forum for researchers from different disciplines to exchange knowledge and ideas.

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About Cancer Research

Cancer is a disease of the cells. Cells in the body work in different ways but most divide, repair and reproduce in the same way. When cells are dividing the process can get out of control, if this occurs a tumour can form. Tumours can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). If malignant, the cells could spread beyond the original area of where the tumour began to form through the bloodstream or lymphatic system.

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Useful links

Useful links related to the Cancer Specialty.

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Chemotherapy and Pharmacy Advisory Service

Find out about the Chemotherapy and Pharmacy Advisory Service (CPAS) – a multi-disciplinary national team of pharmacists, research nurses and oncologists.

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Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia

The network of Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia (CCL) treatment sites in England is integrated into the NIHR Clinical Research Network Cancer.


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Clinical Trials Units contacts

Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) are specialist units set up to design, conduct, analyse and publish clinical trials and other well-designed studies.

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European Organisation for the Research and Treatment of Cancer

The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) is an international research organisation based in Brussels, Belgium which aims to develop, conduct, coordinate, and stimulate laboratory and clinical research in Europe to improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients.

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Industry Alliance

Industry Alliances are academic partnerships between the Network and individual pharmaceutical companies. 

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Peer Review

Find out further information on the National Cancer Peer Review programme.

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Patient, Carer and Public Information

Get in touch with other cancer patients.  Patients are at the centre of our work. As a patient, carer or as a member of the public you can get involved by taking part in research, or by helping to shape research. We welcome your involvement.

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Consumer Liaison Group

The Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) operates to improve the quality, relevance and benefit of cancer research for patients and their families through the active involvement of patients, carers and the public.

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The PPI Toolkit and associated documents.

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Case studies

  • Engaging global communities in research learning

    Enabling understanding of clinical research and its role in improving healthcare is a core objective in the Network. In 2015 the Network’s Workforce, Learning and Organisational Development team partnered with the Digital Learning team at Leeds University to develop an online course; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The course is free, and available to anyone wanting to learn about clinical research.

  • Cancer and blood clots - addressing the challenge

    The overall impact of blood clots on cancer patients is an important and increasingly frequent clinical challenge; Insight magazine caught up with a study team in the West Midlands comparing the effectiveness of injections, to new oral treatments.

  • The Goldilocks Effect

    Advances in the delivery of precision medicine trials in the UK have sparked interest in the commercial world. Insight magazine investigates....

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Key contacts

  • Assistant National Specialty Cluster Lead

    Jonathan Gower


  • European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) enquiries


  • Existing study enquiries - life-sciences industry

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio


  • Existing study enquiries - non-commercial

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio


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