NIHR Specialty Group Newsletters

The NIHR CCRN produces a newsletter for the Specialty Groups.

PI Recognition

Earlier this year, all NIHR CRN Local Clinical Research Networks were asked to nominate 3 investigators who had made a difference to the NIHR CRN commercial portfolio under the following categories:

  • Consistently delivered to time and target
  • Delivered first commercial study
  • Delivered first global/ European patient
  • Top recruiter globally/Europe-wide
  • Worked above and beyond their call of duty to support commercial research
  • Overcame the challenges of a particularly difficult study
  • Excellent team leader and mentor

The BSG congratulates the following investigators, all of whom received signed certificates acknowledging their achievements:

Tariq Iqbal - University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust - GI
Kosh Agarwal - Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Hep
Daniel Forton - St George's Hospital - Hep
Steve Ryder - Queen's Medical Centre - Hep
Raj Srirajaskanthan - University Hospitals Lewisham – Hep

New Centres Sought for C. difficile Study


The RAPID trial is looking to open more recruitment centres. We are examining the effectiveness of Rifaximin in preventing recurrence of C. difficile infection. Professor Robin Spiller is the Chief Investigator of this NIHR portfolio study (UKCRN ID: 12990), being sponsored by the University of Nottingham.

To express interest and receive more information, please contact Nafisa Boota (Trial Manager, Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit). Telephone: +44 (0)115 884 4924. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Paediatric European Digestive Diseases Clinical Research Network – PEDDCReN

PEDDCReN is an exciting new initiative with the key aim of forming a clinical trials network to study (and ultimately provide) effective medicines for paediatric patients in the speciality of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. It was established with the support of LINKS funding from the UEG and is led by the BSG in collaboration with various European societies and ENPR-EMA (The European Network of Paediatric Research at the European Medicines Agency). The project will support both industry and non-industry investigators in running high quality multi-centre clinical trials and your involvement is welcome.


Clinical Research News - Network Structure from April 2014

Tuesday 25th June 2013

Earlier this year BSG members kindly responded to a consultation exercise conducted by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network.

The consultation asked for views about how best NIHR could structure the Network to ensure that they:

  • Maximize clinical engagement in research delivery
  • Provide an effective service for researchers and research funders, within the context of a changing NHS
  • Continue to increase the opportunities to engage patients in clinical research

The responses were extremely useful in helping to determine their future structure, NIHR would like to thank you for your input, and let you know that they have now issued the “map” of their new structure from April 2014 onward.

Maintaining a specialist focus on research delivery in different therapy areas was a key priority in considering their future state, so NIHR have kept, and even built upon, this aspect in their plans. NIHR will be introducing any changes gradually, and will communicate with their stakeholders as they go forward, but for now please continue to work with your usual Network contacts in the usual way.

You can read about the revised structure at:


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