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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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    New case study: Improving the lives of infants with hearing loss

    20th September 2016

    Hearing loss can be a devastating long-term condition for children, but early intervention can reduce its negative impact on development and offer improved life opportunities. For this reason, babies in the UK are offered a hearing check soon after birth and hearing aids are typically prescribed and fitted by 2-3 months of age.

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    NIHR CRN 'Business of Discovery' podcast series launched

    15th September 2016

    The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) has today released its first podcast as part of a series of monthly audio bites to inform about the discovery of research.

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About Children Research

We put children at the heart of our work and ensure the delivery of children’s research involves and works with children throughout its design and development.  Over the last eight years we’ve developed the Young Persons’ Advisory Group, which is becoming increasingly influential in helping to improve the design and delivery of children’s clinical research studies.

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Patient, carer and public information

We believe that high quality research, good recruitment and improved health outcomes for children, depend on listening to the voices of children and young people, as well as their families and carers.

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Case studies

  • Growing up - CRN Children at 10

    In 2007, the clinical research environment for children underwent a major transformation. The European Union introduced its Paediatric Regulation, which meant that any company developing a drug for adults was legally obliged to consider how it could be developed for children. It’s no coincidence that two years earlier, the NIHR introduced its Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN).

  • 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.

  • Maintaining the UK's leading edge

    Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Network in 2015 as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. Insight magazine learns why and how.

  • Young people’s perspective enhances research delivery

    Question: What is the best way to make sure your clinical research study at a children’s hospital is family friendly? Answer: Ask a Young Person’s Advisory Group (YPAG) to contribute to its design. CRN: West Midlands explores the impact its local group is having on the delivery of clinical research.

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Key contacts

  • Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead

    Dr Vanessa Poustie

    E: v.poustie@liv.ac.uk

  • CRN: Children - General enquiries
    University of Liverpool, Dept. of Women's and Children's Health
    Institute of Translational Medicine (Child Health)
    Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
    Eaton Rd, Liverpool, L12 2AP

    General enquiries - CRN: Children

    T: +44 (0)151 252 5067

    E: crnchildren@nihr.ac.uk

  • Existing study enquiries - life-sciences industry

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio

    E: crncc.support@nihr.ac.uk

  • Existing study enquiries - non-commercial

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio

    E: crncc.portfolioa@nihr.ac.uk

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