RDS News - May 2015

Welcome to the eBulletin from the Research Design Service South West (RDS SW), keeping you updated with the latest news, events and communications from the RDS and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
RDS grants workshop - deadline approaching

The deadline for applications to attend our Grant Applications Workshop is fast approaching. This free one-day workshop is designed to help you make your application as persuasive as possible and will be held on Thursday 9 July 2015 at Taunton Racecourse, Somerset.

The deadline for applications is 1pm Monday 8 June 2015. To find out more about the workshop and the application process visit on our Grant Applications Workshop webpage, or contact us at rds-sw@tst.nhs.uk or 01823 342792.
New Clinical Trials Guide for Trainees launched
To mark International Clinical Trials Day 2015, a new Clinical Trials Guide for Trainees has been released. The guide is the outcome of the first stage of a NIHR project to develop a source of information to support individuals interested in pursuing a research career that involves the delivery of clinical trials.

Clinical trials contribute significantly to relevant research evidence developed by the NIHR to support the NHS in England and are considered by many to be the gold standard method for evaluation of healthcare interventions. However, clinical trials are complex and many researchers, particularly those in the early stages of their career, find it challenging to know where to start, either to contribute to or lead a trial.

After conducting an internal report on trainee engagement in clinical trials, the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre began a project to develop a source of information to support individuals interested in pursuing a research career that involves the delivery of clinical trials. Through collaboration with experts across the NIHR and conversations with existing trainees they have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for trainees interested in getting involved in clinical trials. You can view the new Clinical Trials Guide.
Children’s views should shape how research is conducted, says ethics body
A new report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics calls for a change in culture across all areas of children’s health research, so that children’s and young people’s views and opinions can help to shape how research is prioritised, designed and reviewed. The report stresses that unless ethical concerns about asking children to take part in research are addressed, our understanding of childhood disorders and ability to provide evidence based care will remain limited.

The report is the result of a two-year inquiry, which has heard from over 500 professionals, parents, children and young people, in the UK and internationally. Find out more.
NIHR continues to fund new research into antimicrobial resistance
Following a Themed Call which opened in July 2013, the NIHR continues to welcome new research proposals in the area of antimicrobial resistance, in order to improve patient and public outcomes and NHS services.

A number of new research projects looking at reducing the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance and consequent mortality have already been funded. For more details on which programmes are participating and how to apply please visit the Themed Calls website.
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