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    West of England first to reach 2000 people on Join Dementia Research

    12th 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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    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 Dementias and Neurodegeneration research

The Clinical Research Network: Dementias and Neurodegeneration (DeNDRoN) supports the set up and delivery of clinical research in the NHS in a range of diseases including dementias, Parkinson’s disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Huntington’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases such as ataxia.

These diseases are increasingly understood to have commonalities in underlying mechanisms, patient experience, and symptoms; and their management is increasingly multi-disciplinary and converging over time. Advances in understanding of these diseases and new treatments are likely to come from inter-disciplinary research between them.

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Patient, Carer and Public Information

We invite patients, carers and anyone affected by dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases to have a say on research matters. There are many ways that you can be involved in research; from participating in a study to helping to shape the direction of research by sharing your experiences or offering your opinion on research ideas.

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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.

  • Bridging the gap

    Assessing a person with dementia in a research study requires a high level of skill and expertise. Having experienced raters available can affect whether the life-sciences industry choose to run a study in the UK. Insight Monthly investigates an innovative programme to increase the number of raters in the Clinical Research Network.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Key contacts

  • General enquiries

    NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Hub
    Newcastle University
    Biomedical Research Building (3rd Floor)
    Campus for Ageing and Vitality
    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5PL


  • Specialty National Leads

    Professor John O'Brien (Dementias)

    Professor David Burn (Neurodegeneration)

  • Specialty Cluster Lead

    Professor Stuart Parker

  • Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead

    Gary Nestor

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