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  • Dementia Action Week 2019: Taking the next step together

    Dementia Action Week 2019: Taking the next step together

    21 May 2019

    We are fast approaching five years since the publication of the Dementia 2020 Challenge, which set the ambition to make England the best country in the world for dementia care, support, research and awareness. Reading the Dementia 2020 challenge: Phase 1 progress review, it is remarkable to see the progress made to date. Importantly, we can now look beyond 2020, understanding international priorities for tackling dementia by 2025 (WDC Defeating dementia: the road to 2025). Over the last few years, there has been significant investment in dementia research in the UK. We’ve come a long way in building our research infrastructure and improved collaboration between initiatives. While there have been disappointing results from some recent studies, there are many other studies that build on the knowledge gleaned from unsuccessful trials.
  • How we used research to break down barriers and increase understanding

    How we used research to break down barriers and increase understanding

    20 May 2019

    How co-researchers worked together to increase understanding of autism in Somali communities
  • Young people are the future

    Young people are the future

    17 May 2019

    Gareth Powell talks to members of Generation-R (a Young People’s Advisory Group) about when and why young people should be involved in the clinical development process.
  • Does how we detect the spread of cancer need to change?

    Does how we detect the spread of cancer need to change?

    16 May 2019

    Stuart Taylor explains how the NIHR funded Streamline trials provide new evidence in detecting lung and colorectal cancer: Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event and generates many questions at a time of immense personal stress. Two very common questions patients immediately ask their doctor are “has my cancer spread” and “what is the best treatment for me and when do I start?”
  • How I turned my life experiences into a NIHR-funded research project

    How I turned my life experiences into a NIHR-funded research project

    15 May 2019

    #BePartofResearch Nura's Story. After sharing the research findings, we were successful in gaining funding to make a short film to be used by Somali families to better understand autism.
  • The balancing act: How patient engagement can improve recruitment and retention

    The balancing act: How patient engagement can improve recruitment and retention

    13 May 2019

    Balancing the ‘ask’ of research with the burden of disease is essential to achieve good recruitment and retention in clinical research studies. Dr William van’t Hoff explains how the NIHR is connecting life science companies with patients who are helping to get it right first time.
  • A VICTOR-y for measuring research impact in the NHS

    A VICTOR-y for measuring research impact in the NHS

    10 May 2019

    Measuring how delivering health and care research benefits NHS trusts is very complex, writes Judith Holliday, but an NIHR-funded tool can help capture these organisational-level impacts.
  • NIHR Research on Research: The what, why, how and who

    NIHR Research on Research: The what, why, how and who

    09 May 2019

    Katie Meadmore and Amanda Blatch-Jones introduce work of the NIHR's Research on Research (RoR) team.
  • We need a smarter approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance

    We need a smarter approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance

    07 May 2019

    Better stewardship, new diagnostics and effective health education is crucial to tackling this growing AMR threat, writes Professor Jonathan Ross, sexual health lead at the National Institute for Health Research
  • Bridging the gap between patients and the life sciences industry

    Bridging the gap between patients and the life sciences industry

    03 May 2019

    Research Patient Ambassador, Keith Wilson, is passionate about patient involvement. He discusses how he has been helping the NIHR to bring patients and life science companies together to improve clinical research delivery.
  • The common characteristics of a great Fellowship application

    The common characteristics of a great Fellowship application

    17 April 2019

    Jayne Parry is chair of the NIHR Academy Advanced Fellowship Selection Committee. In this blog she gives her insight into what the committee looks for when shortlisting for interview.
  • An exciting new space to research health and place

    An exciting new space to research health and place

    16 April 2019

    In our latest blog Dr Paul Pilkington introduces a new NIHR-funded research call focussing on understanding the potential of place to impact health and health inequalities.
  • Is NIHR Global Health funding really addressing health inequalities?

    Is NIHR Global Health funding really addressing health inequalities?

    03 April 2019

    Rebecca Wilkinson writes about how researchers funded by the NIHR's Global Health Research (GHR) programme are adopting innovative strategies in research to reduce inequalities between High-Income Countries (HIC) and Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) and improving the health of the poorest people within countries.
  • What makes an application excellent?

    What makes an application excellent?

    02 April 2019

    To coincide with the launch of our Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships, we asked Gary Frost, Chair of the NIHR Doctoral Fellowship selection committee, to write about what he thinks makes an excellent application.
  • Reducing pressures on the NHS: Using flexible sigmoidoscopy to investigate bowel cancer symptoms

    Reducing pressures on the NHS: Using flexible sigmoidoscopy to investigate bowel cancer symptoms

    01 April 2019

    Amanda Cross and Emma Robbins explain how flexible sigmoidoscopy could provide an alternative method for bowel cancer screening. Their blog marks Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Helping medtech innovators leap the final hurdle of NHS implementation

    Helping medtech innovators leap the final hurdle of NHS implementation

    29 March 2019

    Every year innovators in England develop countless promising medical technologies, many of which are funded by the NIHR. But too many don’t make it all the way into the NHS and across the finish line of patient benefit. Martin Hunt, director of the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme, outlines NIHR’s plans to help medtech organisations show the benefits of their technologies in real world healthcare settings and generate evidence to support their implementation in the NHS.
  • The antimicrobial resistance (AMR) fight is one we must win

    The antimicrobial resistance (AMR) fight is one we must win

    28 March 2019

    Tackling AMR is a global imperative that requires a global collaboration, writes Dr Andy Ustianowski