The expanding research environment

These articles look towards the future of clinical research from a range of perspectives. From the NIHR Clinical Research Network's Chief Executive and Specialty Cluster Leads, and wider research community.

Biomarker genome testing

Transition – Getting in shape for the future

Summer 2015 marked the end of a period of huge change for the Clinical Research Network. We spoke to NIHR Clinical Research Network CEO Jonathan Sheffield about leadership, performance and progress.

The changing face of community pharmacy

Traditionally, community pharmacies had a straight forward role: they supplied medication. But over the last twenty years, as UK healthcare has focused on moving patients out of hospitals and into the community, this has changed. Pharmacies offer customers more support, including clinical services and this is leading to more potential research opportunities. Consequently, Local Clinical Research Networks across England are reaching out to community pharmacies to increase engagement with clinical research. We hit the road to find out more.

Maintaining the UK’s leading edge

Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Clinical Research Network earlier this year as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. We found out why and how.

Building foundations for oral and dental research

Delivering research in community dental practices has presented a number of unique challenges in the past. We learnt how the Clinical Research Network’s Oral and Dental Specialty has been paving the way for future research in this area.