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Top NIHR blog picks from 2019 - Part One

It’s been another very busy year for the NIHR. As we draw to the end of 2019, we take a look back at some of our most popular blogs over the last 12 months.

Today, in our first post of the series we revisit previous posts covering a wide range of topics from funding public health research to providing training and career development to the next generation of researchers.

NIHR Academy: building on our strengths to secure a healthier future

Following the launch of the NIHR Academy, Chief Medical Officer and NIHR Strategy Board Chair, Professor Chris Whitty, explains how the centre will support research capacity development now and in the future.

Ability is of little account without opportunity - my journey from clinician to academic

Dr Damian Roland writes about how he has pursued his path in research and encourages others to follow in his footsteps to further their career. His blog was part of our Your Path in Research campaign encouraging healthcare professionals to take the next step in their research career.

Self-harm: the questions we need to ask

Sally McManus writes about how UK national survey data can be used to help medical, social, educational and public health services understand and address self harm.

Increasing diversity in design to accelerate research into practice

The hallmark of NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research is supporting interrelated research projects that develop and test complex interventions. But Programme Director Elaine Hay wants to encourage more varied and novel research designs.

Introducing new public health research principles and goals to guide funding decisions

Professor Chris Whitty welcomes the publication of a new set of public health research principles and goals to help increase the impact of the UK's offer on health of the public research

More top picks from the NIHR blog are available in Part Two of this series.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.