Research News

Have your say on the future of research relevant to Living With and Beyond Cancer

Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:03

More and more people are living with the consequences of cancer and its treatment - what we have termed Living With and Beyond Cancer. But there's not enough research relevant to living with and beyond cancer.

The National Cancer Research Institute is working on a project to change this. They have opened a new survey for patients, the people who look after or have looked after them, and the professionals who work with them, to identify the most important questions that research should address.

Tell us the questions that you would like answered by research by filling out our survey and help us to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. The survey will be open until 15 October 2017. You can find out more about the project at

Online course: "Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research"

Monday, 11 September 2017 09:38

Developed by the University of Leeds and the NIHR Clinical Research Network, this course is designed for anyone who wants to know more about modern healthcare, and the role of clinical research and discovery within it. It will be of special interest to students at school or college; undergraduates or postgraduates who are contemplating a career in healthcare or the life sciences; and health and social care professionals and practitioners who want to find out more about the role of clinical research in improving healthcare. No previous knowledge is needed to take this course.

National Meeting of the Colorectal Therapies HTC (Healthcare Technology Cooperative)

Friday, 25 August 2017 14:56

For details on past and current projects, please visit the HTC website. In the meantime, save the date 26th September for the HTC's National Meeting. The theme for this year will be ‘Jugaad Innovation’. Jugaad is a Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi word which essentially means finding a low-cost solution to a problem in an intelligent way, and the concept is being used as a new way to think constructively and differently about innovation in the UK health service. The meeting will be on 26th September and will be held at Leeds Town Hall. Registration is via Eventbrite. The aim of the meeting is to benefit industry, clinicians, charities, academics and patient groups.

The Colorectal Therapies HTC is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and our role is to act as a catalyst for the development of new medical devices, healthcare technologies and technology-dependent interventions for the NHS. Our focus is on clinical areas and/or themes of high morbidity which have high potential for improving quality of life of NHS patients and improving the effectiveness of healthcare services that support them. We currently focus on colorectal conditions (surgery, colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease colitis, pelvic floor disorders, etc); however, we would like to expand into surgical technologies in vascular conditions (peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm and lower limb ischaemia), and hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery (liver, pancreatic and hepatocellular cancers, gall stone disease and pancreatitis).

Last year’s meeting attracted 158 delegates from industry, academia, healthcare professionals and patients, and resulted in two incubator packages and an alignment of our innovator programme with the NHS England entrepreneur programme. We have exciting talks from:

  • Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Lead for Innovation, NHS England
  • Professor Tony Roche, Adjunct Associate Professor, Global Health, Washington - Bioengineering in Austere Environments - Finding Solutions
  • Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing and Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge - Frugal Innovation: How to do More (and Better) with Less
  • Prof Manju Ray, Emeritus Scientist, Bose Institute, India - Methylglyoxal as a potent nontoxic cancer therapeutics: its journey from Bench to Bedside
  • Dr Jesudian Gnanaraj, Lancet Commissioner for Global Surgery, Urologist from Coimbatore, India - Jugaad Innovations for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Rural Areas: A 3 Decade Experience
  • With roundtable discussions in the afternoon this promises to be an exciting day.

    Recruiting study participants - definitions of terms

    Friday, 25 August 2017 10:55

    The NIHR has asked organisations to use the same language when speaking or writing about recruitment across organisations (for example, on websites, in reports and in award letters) in an effort to help push the pace of research supported by the NIHR. Using the agreed definition of recruitment and the other terms defined in the NIHR Minimum Data Set ensures that we all mean the same thing when referring to recruitment targets.

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