Thames Valley and South Midlands
The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS. We operate nationally across England through a national coordinating centre and 15 local branches delivering research in the NHS across all disease areas.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network: Thames Valley and South Midlands is hosted by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. The host is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of research in the Trusts, primary care organisations and other qualified NHS providers throughout the Thames Valley and South Midlands area.
About CRN: Thames Valley and South Midlands
The NIHR Clinical Research Network: Thames Valley and South 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 Thames Valley and South Midlands area.
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Professor Jane Nixon, Deputy Director of the Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit, has recently been appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator. This prestigious award recognises her contribution to research over the last decade.
North Devon nurses recruited the first patient in the country to an NIHR-funded study using text messaging with the aim of reducing sexually transmitted infections in young people. This achievement was all the more remarkable because it was a research study debut for this Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust team of nurses and health advisers based in a city centre walk in treatment centre.
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).
Seasonal flu vaccines are essential to the prevention of flu worldwide. Over the last two years the NIHR Clinical Research Network has successfully supported studies in the UK for Seqirus – one of the world’s leading flu vaccine providers. Insight Monthly asked Dr David Bibby, Clinical Operations and vaccine specialist at Seqirus, why their relationship with the Network has been so successful.
CRN: Thames Valley & South Midlands - Industry single point of contact
CRN: Thames Valley and South Midlands - Chief Operating Officer
CRN: Thames Valley and South Midlands - Clinical Co-Director
Dr Andrew Protheroe
CRN: Thames Valley and South Midlands - Clinical Director
Dr Belinda Lennox