Research News

Business of Discovery Podcast discusses 'compassion' in clinical research

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:44

The latest podcast from the 'Business of Discovery' series led by Prof Allan Gaw has been released. This podcast has a focus on compassion and features special guest Dr Paquita de Zulueta — General Practitioner, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College and Senior Teaching Fellow at King’s College London.

The podcasts are 10-12 minutes long and have been developed by the NIHR CRN with Profesor Allan Gaw, Associate Director for Educational Quality Standards, who also worked with University of Leeds and NIHR CRN colleagues to develop the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The podcasts have been developed to enable everyone from healthcare professionals to patients to keep up-to-date with new ideas and developments in the research field.

The podcast series also includes a virtual journal club, which involves the discussion of a recent, open-access paper. The latest podcast and all others in the series can be found here.

Developing standards for public involvement in research

Friday, 10 March 2017 13:17

The Public Involvement Standards Development Network has been working to define standards for public involvement in research. If you're interested, you can sign up to receive project updates and be involved in developing the standards.

ICYMI - One-off bowel scope cuts cancer risk for at least 17 years

Friday, 10 March 2017 12:45

In case you missed it, on 21 February 2017 The Lancet published an article by BSG member Prof Wendy Atkin and colleagues. The subject was the outcome of an RCT funded by the NIHR EME programme and CRUK. The trial, with more than 170,000 participants, investigated the effect of a single flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS) on colorectal cancer incidence and mortality after 17 years of follow-up. The study showed that a one-off FS continues to provide significant levels of protection from colorectal cancer diagnosis and death, with protection lasting at least 17 years. The NIHR announced the findings in their own press release. Further background to the trial is available on Prof Atkins' website.

Wellcome Trust grant funding data 2015-2016

Thursday, 09 March 2017 11:25

The Wellcome Trust has announced the number and value of awards in their grant portfolio, their grant expenditure, and application and award rates. Referring to the gender and age profile data, they mentioned that "Women receive fewer of our more senior personal awards in Science, and in Humanities and Social Science. This is in line with the number of applications from women for those schemes." From 56% of studentships the rate reduces to only 22% of principle fellowships. This contrasts with the proportion of women on funding and interview committees (41%). Seems like an opportunity waiting to be taken!

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