Research

Participant Identification Centres (PICs): what you should know

A leaflet about Participant Identification Centres (PICs) has been produced by the National Institute for Health Research's Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre (NIHR CRNCC). It lays out the following useful information:
what a PIC is (any organisation responsible for identifying and informing potential participants about a study taking place in another organisation)
what it is not
the benefits of including PICs in your clinical research projects
what organisations will want to know when considering whether to act as a PIC
the differences between PICs and research sites.

The leaflet also gives information on common pitfalls and solutions and clear guidance on how to complete forms. The leaflet can be downloaded from the NIHR's website.

HCV clinical trial and tissue biobank

Professor Will Irving ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is chief investigator for an observational study (UKCRN 11582) of 10,000 patients with laboratory evidence of HCV infection, either past or current. Information about the study is included as 'Study of the Month' in the October NIHR Specialty Group newsletter. The aim is to develop a biobank, analyse the contribution of a range of host and viral factors to disease outcome, and determine the clinical utility of routine IL-28B genotyping in the management of HCV-infected patients in the UK. For further information please contact Professor Irving.

 

IBD Nixon Twin and Multiplex Registry

UK gastroenterologists are invited to refer concordant and discordant twin pairs, as well as families where three or more first degree relatives have an IBD diagnosis, to the twin/multiplex registry. We will collect epidemiological data and invite members to donate to a biobank. This will become a powerful research resource that will be available for research collaborations in the future. Further information about how to refer twins or families is available from Hannah Gordon, Senior Clinical Research Fellow (Gastroenterology), IBD Nixon TAM Registry Co-Investigator, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BSG members win substantial funding for clinical trial

Several BSG members were co-applicants on a recent successful application for substantial funding of a clinical trial in hepatology. Prof Mark Thursz, Dr Steve Ryder, Prof Matthew Cramp, Dr Paul Richardson and Dr Stuart McPherson are among a group represented by Dr Alastair O’Brien. The group received £1.6 million from the Health Innovation Challenge Fund (joint Wellcome Trust and Department of Health) for ATTIRE (Albumin To prevenT Infection in chronic liveR failure).

The money will fund a multi-centre, clinical, phase II and phase III trial at 15 sites that will examine whether administration of albumin to patients admitted with decompensated liver failure, in order to increase plasma levels to near normal, will prevent hospital acquired infection. Dr O'Brien's local clinical research network (LCRN) will fund the research nurse costs (>£1million).

Over 100,000 patients are admitted to hospital every year with advanced liver cirrhosis; infection is their most common problem. Dr O’Brien and his team have shown that, in these patients, leukocyte function is markedly impaired by an up-regulation of the hormone Prostaglandin E2; infusion of albumin can reverse this process by binding and neutralising its effects. Albumin is widely considered by hepatologists to be beneficial in liver disease but no putative mechanism had been identified, so no consensus had developed for how to prescribe it. Dr O’Brien and colleagues aim to repurpose albumin as an immunity-restoring drug to improve leukocyte function in patients with advanced cirrhosis and therefore improve their ability to fight off infection. They hope to demonstrate that its use will lead to reduced rates of nosocomial infection and mortality and shorter hospital stays, thereby reducing health care costs.

ENDCaP-C Study: Enhanced Neoplasia Detection and Cancer Prevention in Chronic Colitis

CRN West Midlands is the Lead CRN for the ENDCaP-C study (Enhanced Neoplasia Detection and Cancer Prevention in Chronic Colitis: A Multicentre test accuracy study; UKCRN ID: 17739; Chief Investigator: Dr Tariq Iqbal). The study team would like to open an additional 10 sites nationally in order to reach their ambitious recruitment targets and identify more potential PIs. If you or your site might be interested in becoming involved, please review the trial summary and study detail and contact either This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Steve Johnson via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss the study further.

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