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MRC/CSO - The Understanding Health Research Online Tool

Friday, 12 August 2016 09:39

The MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, based at the University of Glasgow, has launched a free, interactive website designed to explain complex health research.

The Understanding Health Research website is the creation of a collaboration between the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and an advisory panel of academics.

Despite advances in open access publishing making scientific health research easier to access, the style and language of published research papers can prove inaccessible to non-specialist or non-scientific audiences.

The Understanding Health Research tool is designed to help anyone interested in understanding a specific piece of published health research.

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EAPM’s August Newsletter

Friday, 12 August 2016 09:01

The EAPM August Newsletter is now available to download. [187kb]

The European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM), launched in March 2012, brings together European healthcare experts and patient advocates involved with major chronic diseases. The aim is to improve patient care by accelerating the development, delivery and uptake of personalised medicine and diagnostics, through consensus.

As the European discussion on personalised medicine gathers pace. EAPM is a response to the need for wider understanding of priorities and a more integrated approach among distinct lay and professional stakeholders.

The mix of EAPM members provides extensive scientific, clinical, caring and training expertise in personalised medicine and diagnostics, across patient groups, academia, health professionals and industry. Relevant departments of the European Commission have observer status, as does the EMA.

Determining a path for optimal integration of genomics into healthcare across Europe EAPM believes it is time to place its feet firmly on the ground in more EU countries, in order to expand its work with the multi-stakeholder groups, and nations, that form its membership.

EAPM is funded by its members

EAPM Official Website

£4.5m from Newton Fund for collaborations that will tackle antimicrobial resistance

Thursday, 11 August 2016 14:16

Six new research partnerships looking at ways of tackling the rise of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) have been created with £4.5m investment by the MRC, BBSRC, ESRC and through the Newton Fund, an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and partner countries.

The partnerships will see researchers from multiple disciplines at six UK centres of excellence work in collaboration with Chinese counterparts, thanks to match funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to foster collaboration across borders and between diverse disciplines to help stop the growing global burden posed by AMR.

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UKCRC - Online directory of biobanks established

Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:48

Following the successful registration of more than 50 biobanks, the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) has launched an online directory of biobanks.

This UK-wide resource, led by Dr Philip Quinlan, Director of the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre, represents the first step in seeking to integrate national biobanking infrastructure into a searchable resource to support research activity.

The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre is the UK’s hub for bringing together different biobanking activities from across the country. The MRC is a member of the UKCRC, working alongside the NHS, other research funders, industry, regulatory bodies, Royal Colleges, patient groups and academia in a UK-wide environment that facilitates and promotes high-quality clinical research for the benefit of patients.

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