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    Number of Alzheimer’s clinical trials almost doubles in 3 years

    19th July 2016

    According to latest figures, the number of drug trials to treat Alzheimer’s disease across the globe has almost doubled since 2013. This is great news, but this increase means that researchers are urgently seeking more people with memory problems to take part.

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    The Nursing Times features innovative recruitment model created by NIHR nursing team

    15th July 2016

    Written by the 2015 winners of the Clinical Research Nursing category of the Nursing Times Awards, based at the NIHR Cambridge BioResource, the article highlights a novel recruitment model with a focus on volunteer recruitment including strategies for engagement and retention of recruitment to research studies.

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    NIHR supported study to improve radiotherapy treatment for patients with prostate cancer

    15th July 2016

    A study supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) has published its findings in the Lancet, resulting in a recommended change for future radiotherapy treatment for patients with prostate cancer.

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The NIHR Clinical Research Network: East Midlands helps to increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, ensures that studies are carried out efficiently, and supports the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research in the NHS in the East Midlands area.

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Supporting commercial research in the East Midlands

We work in collaboration to ensure the East Midlands is first choice for industry sponsored research. Find out more about the work of the CRN: East Midlands Industry team. 

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Smarter working with EDGE, our new local portfolio management system

EDGE has huge potential to help us work smarter and facilitate the alignment and more efficient management of research data. Find out more about our new local portfolio management system and how it will support the work of all partners in the East Midlands.

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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 a MOOC; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The MOOC 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.

  • What makes a good commercial partner?

    The Industry Roadmap group provides a forum in which the Clinical Research Network and the Biopharmaceutical Industry (including Contract Research Organisations) can interact, with the aim of optimising support for the delivery of commercially sponsored clinical trials supported by the Network. The group surveyed NHS employees to understand how they as companies could best work with the NHS to deliver research.

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Key contacts

  • Host organisation - University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

    Base 1. Leicester: Knighton Street Outpatients, 1st Floor, Leicester Royal Infirmary, LE1 5WW
    Base 2. Nottingham: NHSP, C Floor, South Block, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, QMC Campus, NG7 2UH

    T: +44 (0)116 258 6185

    E: - +44 (0)116 250 2469 - +44 (0)115 924 9924 (70656) - +44 (0)115 924 9924 (70657)

  • Roz Sorrie

    T: 0116 258 7538 / 07879 114042


  • Clinical Director - East Midlands

    Professor David Rowbotham

    T: +44 (0)116 258 6185


  • Chief Operating Officer - East Midlands

    Elizabeth Moss

    T: +44 (0)116 258 6185


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