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Chief Investigator/Study Team of the Year award - NIHR Portfolio research in the North East and North Cumbria

Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:03

Professor Colin Rees and the DISCARD2 Study Team recently won the Chief Investigator/Study Team of the Year award, which was presented at the Annual Network Meeting on the 4th February 2015. The awards showcase and celebrate the impact that motivated individuals and teams have had on the set up and delivery of NIHR Portfolio research in the North East and North Cumbria. The DISCARD2 Trial was funded by the NIHR’ Research for Patient Benefit Programme and was a particular highlight for regional gastroenterology research.

The multi-centre study, sponsored by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, recruited patients from six hospitals in the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) local research network (LCRN). In addition to South Tyneside, University Hospital of North Tees, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were involved. The trial involved around 40 endoscopists.

Working with Durham Clinical Trials Unit (DCTU), the study used the collaborative infrastructure created by the Northern Region Endoscopy Group (NREG) and the NENC Clinical Research Network (CRN), including the Gastroenterology Speciality Group (SG), to successfully deliver DISCARD2. Each of the recruiting centres demonstrated rapid approval times; network-funded nurses supported the study, enabling efficient recruitment to time and target. There were 1731 phase 1 patients and 730 phase 2 patients recruited over an 18 month period.

DISCARD2 assessed the accuracy of narrow band imaging (NBI) optical diagnosis in characterising colonic polyps found at colonoscopy during routine practice compared with standard histological assessment of small colonic polyps (<10mm).

The BSG congratulates Professor Rees and the whole DISCARD2 team on their award.

The 17th International Congress of Mucosal Immunology (ICMI 2015)

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:01

Scientists in Gastroenterology and BSG Research Committee are pleased to support a State of the Art session (Arthur Kaser as speaker) at the upcoming ICMI 2015 meeting in Berlin, Germany, July 14-18, 2015.

NIHR's Benefits Advice Service for involvement in research activities

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 09:38

A new confidential service has been launched offering personal advice and support on how payment of fees and expenses for public involvement might affect people in receipt of state benefits. In partnership with others, NIHR is offering a service that covers advice on payment of fees and expenses for public involvement in health or social care research, service design or service delivery. The service will be provided by Bedford Citizens Advice Bureau, initially as a pilot for one year. The confidential service is for members of the public involved with NIHR organisations or NIHR funded research projects and for staff within NIHR organisations who are supporting members of the public to get involved. Further information is available on the INVOLVE website.

Young Investigators Meeting

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:05

April 17-19, 2015
House of European Gastroenterology
Vienna, Austria

This course specialises on the fields of research, statistics and the writing of papers and intense and lively lectures and discussions are combined with interactive training sessions. Presentations by participants provide the ideal environment to share ideas and personal experiences.

Application is open until January 18, 2015

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