Research News

A total of £3,500 up for grabs in the 2016 Endoscopy Research Dragons' Den – apply now!

Thursday, 31 March 2016 10:23

The BSG Endoscopy Clinical Research Group (E-CRG) invites BSG members (trainees, nurses, and consultants in the first 5 years of their career in any area of gastroenterology) to submit their ideas for research projects.

Up to 5 ideas will be selected; the selected candidates will be asked to do a 6-minute presentation to a Dragons’ Den–type panel during the BSG 2016 Meeting (in Liverpool on Thursday 23 June 2015 from 14.45-15.30).

There is a total of £3500 to be awarded on the day, supported by unrestricted grants from Aquilant Endoscopy, the Devices for Surgery Network (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Health Research Healthcare Technology Cooperative), Diagmed Healthcare and EMIS Health.

Prize-winners will be awarded up to £1000 as an unrestricted grant.

The E-CRG is solely responsible for all aspects of selecting the candidates; panellists will choose the winner(s) on the basis of the actual presentation on the day.

To apply, please complete the form below and return it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with subject line "2016 Endoscopy Research Dragons' Den" by 9.00am on Wednesday 1 June. Candidates whose ideas are selected for presentation will be notified on or before Thursday 9 June (2 weeks before the presentation).

What role does a CTU play in developing an NIHR funding application?

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 09:07

The NIHR has produced a video highlighting the role that Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) play in developing an NIHR funding application, explaining both the role and benefits of working with CTUs.

CTUs are specialist units which have been set up with a specific remit to design, conduct, analyse and publish clinical trials. They bring together a range of trials expertise within one centre, working in a collaborative relationship with Principal Investigators in order to deliver high quality and efficient clinical trials. For more information, please go to the video's web page.

"HRA Approval" completes implementation on 31 March 2016

Monday, 21 March 2016 10:01

From 31 March 2016, HRA Approval will be the process for applying for approvals for all project-based research in the NHS led from England. HRA Approval is the new system that brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance for the NHS in England with the independent REC opinion provided through the UK Health Departments’ Research Ethics Service.

For any new studies that are led from outside England but have English sites, the NHS permissions coordinating function of the lead nation will share information with the HRA Assessment team, who can issue HRA Approval for English sites and thereby retain existing compatibility arrangements.

This completes the phased roll out that has been underway since May 2015. NIHR CSP (Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission) will be closed to new applications before the end of March. The timing of the closure of CSP has been agreed between the NIHR Clinical Research Network, the HRA and the devolved administrations.

Studies led from England that have already applied for REC review but have not applied for R&D review, or that need to add new NHS sites in England, or have new amendments, should be brought under HRA Approval so that NHS sites in England can work with sponsors under the new arrangements.

The HRA has closely monitored studies going through HRA Approval and revised processes as part of learning from and building on experience. Each phased roll out has built on the previous one. The latest phase includes:

  • A mechanism for studies processed under pre-HRA Approval systems (eg. NIHR CSP and pre-CSP systems) to be brought under HRA Approval to add new NHS sites in England
  • HRA Approval being available to student studies led from England that require review by an NHS REC or are taking place across more than one NHS organisation.

Over the coming months, Radiation and Pharmacy Technical Assurances will be incorporated into HRA Approval as they roll out across the NHS.

HRA Approval is now the route for all project based research taking place in the NHS in England: portfolio, non-portfolio, commercial and non-commercial, those requiring review by an NHS REC and also those not requiring NHS REC review. HRA Approval does not apply to Research Tissue Banks, Research Databases and studies taking place only in non-NHS sites.

Please see the HRA Approval Programme section of the HRA website for details. This information will be incorporated into the applicant guidance pages of the HRA website on 31 March 2016.

If you have any queries or comments please contact us.

UEG Research Prize 2016

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 10:24

The prize will be awarded for excellence in basic science, translational or clinical research. The recipient must be able to demonstrate that the previous work has had an impact in its field and that its quality has been recognised internationally. The recipient will have produced a substantial body of basic science, translational or clinical research in a focused area of gastroenterology, hepatology or related disciplines. Priority will be given to applications where science has had crucial impact on clinical practice and management, or is very likely to have it in the near future. Furthermore, the recipient must have been mentioned at least once as (co-)author of an abstract submitted to UEG Week in the past 3 years.

A detailed prospect of more than 5 years of future research activity is required in the application form and must be guaranteed by the recipient when the prize is awarded. The prize money of €100,000 will be paid to the recipient's department.

Furthermore, UEG expects the UEG Research Prize Winner to

  • submit a review article to the UEG Journal by end of October 2016 (https://www.ueg.eu/journal/)
  • accept potential UEG Week Faculty invitations in subsequent years.

In order to apply for this prize please visit the UEG Website and complete the online application by May 13, 2016 at the latest. Hard copies will not be accepted. In order to guarantee that your submission process was successful, UEG will acknowledge the receipt of each application via return email.

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