Research News

Participant Identification Centres (PICs): what you should know

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 17:24

A leaflet about Participant Identification Centres (PICs) has been produced by the National Institute for Health Research's Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre (NIHR CRNCC). It lays out the following useful information:
what a PIC is (any organisation responsible for identifying and informing potential participants about a study taking place in another organisation)
what it is not
the benefits of including PICs in your clinical research projects
what organisations will want to know when considering whether to act as a PIC
the differences between PICs and research sites.

The leaflet also gives information on common pitfalls and solutions and clear guidance on how to complete forms. The leaflet can be downloaded from the NIHR's website.

BSG sets an example

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:08

The NIHR recently chose the BSG as an example of how learned societies can collaborate with them to promote UK research activities. Read the article here for further information.

New study to examine thre role of vitamin D in the progression of paediatric NAFLD

Monday, 26 November 2012 08:19

Children's Liver Disease FoundationChildren's Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF), the UK’s leading charity fighting childhood liver disease, is to fund a PhD student fellowship at the University of Surrey which will look at the role of vitamin D in the progression of paediatric non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), now recognised as the most common cause of childhood liver disease in the UK.

The £74,500 award will fund a three year study, to be led by Dr Bernadette Moore, a lecturer in molecular nutrition at the University, who will be working in collaboration with Kings College Hospital Paediatric Liver Clinic.

"We are thrilled that CLDF have agreed to fund this project which will enable us to find out more about a disease which is affecting increasing numbers of UK children," commented Dr Moore. "The incidence of paediatric NAFLD has risen sharply in past three decades, affecting an estimated 3–9% of all children and up to 70% of obese children."

"Whilst we know that people in the UK have low level vitamin D status during the winter due to the lack of sunlight, children with fatty liver disease have been shown to have particularly low levels and this deficiency is associated with more severe liver disease. This project will examine the diet and specific genes that can affect vitamin D levels in UK children with liver disease."

Publicly funded research to be free of charge to readers

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 11:31

David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, announced that the UK Government "will make publicly funded research accessible free of charge to readers. Giving people the right to roam freely over publicly funded research will usher in a new era of academic discovery and collaboration, and will put the UK at the forefront of open research." Download the article and read more about how Wikipedia's co-founder, Jimmy Wales, "will assist the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the UK Research Councils to develop new ways to store and distribute research data and articles."

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