Research News

IDRN event - Norovirus in healthcare settings and beyond

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:26

IDRN event - Norovirus in healthcare settings and beyond – a research workshop
Friday 17 October 2014
Location: Institute of Materials, central London

Norovirus is reportedly the most common enteric pathogen and a major cause of short-term illness in the UK. Although norovirus infections, which cause vomiting and diarrhoea, are short-term and mostly self-limiting with symptoms that typically resolve within three or four days, they impose a huge burden in all healthcare settings.

Within the UK portfolio of infectious disease research investments, there has historically been very little research directly focused on norovirus, particularly compared to other enteric pathogens. Thus, speakers at this workshop will focus on several key topic areas, including surveillance, perspectives from those in hospitals and care homes, norovirus in the community, and an update on vaccine development. They will speak of the current state of knowledge within their area, and highlight research gaps and priority areas. A panel discussion will give you an invaluable opportunity to engage with these academic and industry experts. There are also opportunities to present your own research via an abstract submission for poster presentations.

Sessions will be chaired by Sarah O'Brien (Liverpool) and John Harris (Public Health England). Speakers include representatives from University College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, Public Health England and Takeda.

This event is a collaboration between Public Health England and the Infectious Disease Research Network, and will be of relevance to those who have an interest in enteric disease and infection control. These may include - clinical and public health staff and students, academics, the private sector, and funders of biomedical research and policy groups.

Deadline for abstract submission is 5pm, Wednesday September 17 2014.

See the event webpage for more information -


Help Streamline Health Research

Monday, 12 May 2014 08:12

The HRA is looking for a range of exceptional people across a range of disciplines, knowledgeable about health research systems and regulation, with excellent change and project management skills, in full and part-time posts to help them streamline health research by implementing the HRA Assessment and Approval. See PDF for further details.


Detecting Delirium

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:26

A study trialling a delirium detection assessment method, for use in hospitals, has been funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme.

Questions that need answering when designing clinical trials – new guidance from the HRA

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:25

The Health Research Authority has published useful guidance to clarify which questions researchers, sponsors, peer reviewers, and ethics committees should ask when planning or reviewing clinical studies.

Page 3 of 11