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    Join NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer at the NCRI 2016 Conference

    23rd September 2016

    The NCRI Conference will take place from 6 - 9 November 2016 in Liverpool. The Conference is the UK’s premier annual cancer research meeting attracting around 2000 delegates. This years Conference programme showcases the best in basic science, clinical trials, qualitative research and dataset analysis, and provides a forum for researchers from different disciplines to exchange knowledge and ideas.

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    ‘Can do’ attitude and teamwork achieves debut research first

    22nd September 2016

    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.

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    Professor Jane Nixon: A decade of research with the NIHR

    22nd September 2016

    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.

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About us

The NIHR Clinical Research Network: West of England 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 West of England area.

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Our partners

Our integrated network includes secondary care and mental health trusts and works alongside primary care organisations, clinical commissioning groups, consortia, academic collaborations and local health networks.

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Commercial research in NIHR Clinical Research Network: West of England

CRN: West of England, as part of NIHR CRN, is committed to supporting the Life-sciences industry in delivering high quality research in the NHS. Our aim is to create a world-class environment to carry out research,  improving the health and wealth of the nation by giving more patients greater access to novel, cutting edge treatments and technology.

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Together with our local health networks, we jointly fund People in Health West of England, a partnership to promote innovative and effective public involvement in research and evidence-based service improvement.

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Case studies

  • Professor Jane Nixon: A decade of research with the NIHR

    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.

  • 'Can do' attitude and teamwork achieves debut research first

    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.

  • Growing up - CRN Children at 10

    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).

  • Staying one step ahead of influenza

    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.

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Key contacts

  • CRN: West of England
    University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
    Level 5, Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol BS1 2NT

  • Clinical Director

    Dr Steve Falk

    T: 0117 3421375

    E: stephen.falk@uhbristol.nhs.uk

  • Chief Operating Officer

    Dr Mary Perkins

    T: 0117 3421375

    E: mary.perkins@nihr.ac.uk

  • Nurse Consultant (Research Delivery)

    Specialties: dermatology, diabetes, health services and delivery research, musculoskeletal disorders, oral health and dentistry, primary care, public health.

    Sue Taylor

    T: 0117 3421290

    E: sue.taylor@nihr.ac.uk

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