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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: Wessex 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 Wessex area.

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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

  • CRN: Wessex Clinical Director

    Professor John Primrose

    T: 02381 206 144


  • CRN: Wessex Clinical Director

    Professor Rob Peveler

    T: 02381 208 948


  • CRN: Wessex Host Organisation

    Strawberry Fields
    Berrywood Business Village
    Tollbar Way
    Hedge End
    SO30 2UN

  • CRN: Wessex Chief Operating Officer

    Rebecca McKay

    T: 01489 771 110


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