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  • First Steps Logo

    Do our first steps dictate our behaviour?

    8th February 2016

    In support of Children’s Mental Health Week and to demonstrate the excellent research that is taking place across the North West Coast region in relation to children’s mental health, we’d like to inform you about a study that is now in its 10th year, the Wirral Child Health and Development Study – First Steps.

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  • Children's mental health square

    Children and Young people shaping mental health services and treatments

    8th February 2016

    The National Young People’s Mental Health Advisory Group is part of a national group called GenerationR (R for Research), made up of six groups across the UK based in Liverpool (Alder Hey NHS Children’s Foundation Trust), London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Bristol. Each group has a role to help researchers with their studies to make them more appropriate for children taking part in research.

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  • Obesity.pcNational

    ‘The BIG Challenge’ puts spotlight on NIHR obesity research

    13th January 2016

    Latest figures show that obesity levels in the UK have tripled in the last 30 years. The BIG Challenge campaign has launched to raise awareness of the way in which the clinical research community is addressing this challenge through the development of innovative treatments and prevention methods.

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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

  • 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.

  • Patient stories

    Our 'Patient stories' campaign shows how people’s experiences are bringing research benefits to life and helping us to raise research awareness throughout England.

  • Research changed my life - Tom - allergy

    Research changed my life because... it’s helped me to overcome an allergy that has had a major impact on my day-to-day life since I was a small child.

  • Research changed my life - Sultan - Morquio syndrome

    Research has changed my life I'm really happy.

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Key contacts

  • CRN: Children - Portfolio enquiries for Industry studies

    Life-sciences industry studies already on our Portfolio - CRN: Children


  • CRN: Children - Portfolio enquiries

    Non-commercial studies already on our Portfolio - CRN: Children


  • 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


  • New portfolio enquiries

    Initial enquiries about the NIHR CRN Portfolio

    T: +44 (0)113 343 0329


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