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May news update

School for Primary Care Research Competition is launched


On 29 May 2014, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) launched a new, open, competition to refresh and renew membership of the School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) and is inviting eligible academic institutions to apply. The School will bring together leading academic centres in England demonstrating excellence in primary care research, and will complement NIHR funding streams. More information.

How do Senior Investigators involve patients and the public in their work?

A publication presenting five examples of how Senior Investigators involve patients and the public in their work has been released by NIHR INVOLVE.

Professors Elaine Hay (Keele) and Sue Ziebland (Oxford) are amongst the five featured in Senior Investigators Leaders for patient and public involvement in research. Read more.

Recognition for contributions to science and practice

The School would like to congratulate Christian Mallen who was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) on 15 May, for his contributions to research into the diagnosis and prognosis of musculoskeletal disorders to improve patient care in a general practice setting.

SPCR board member and training lead, Professor Mallen also received the prestigious John Fry Award from the RCGP. The John Fry Award is presented to a Member or Fellow of the College who has promoted the discipline of General Practice through research and publishing as a practising GP. Read more.

'PEARLS' awarded for impacts in primary care practice

SPCR researchers at the University of Oxford were given international recognition last week for their contribution to primary care practice by the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). As Practical Evidence About Real Life Situations (PEARLS), the research will be presented at next year's NAPCRG Annual Meeting in New York. Read more on the Nuffield Department for Primary Care Health Sciences website. 

British Society for Rheumatology conference gets toes talking

NIHR SPCR trainee Priyanka Chandratre and researcher Christian Mallen from Keele University presented at the British Society of Rheumatology Annual Conference which took place in Liverpool from 29 April to 1 May. Read more.

Primary Care Post-graduate Symposium

Trainee Daniel Green gave an oral presentation at Keele University Primary Care Postgraduate Symposium on 9 May 2014 entitled 'Latent Transition Analysis aspplied to Hand Osteoarthritis.'

Experiences of gout on Healthtalkonline

Researchers at Keele University travelled across England, Wales and Scotland to interview patients with gout. As a result, a video and audio interviews have been produced for a new online resource to improve awareness of gout and was launched today. Read more.

Invitation to the Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Global Summit 

Nadeem Quereshi, University of Nottingham, has been invited to the FH Global Summit on 13-14 October in New York. The Summit will focus on historic opportunities for advancing the identification of Familial Hypercholestrerolaemia and will examine current barriers to diagnosis and care with an emphasis on concrete solutions. Professor Qureshi is currently SPCR funded to study 'Improving identification of familial hypercholesterolaemia in general practice: pilot intervention project.'

Trainees present in Miami

Southampton's Lily Lai and Sam Watts presented posters at the 2014 International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) in Miami, Florida. The warmer climes attracted delegates from around the world to present over 60 oral and 320 poster presentations. Trainees, students, practitioners and researchers spoke about complementary and integrative health and the implications for health care of complementary research and methodologies.

Narrative approaches to mental health research

Anna Lavis has been invited to present the results from her study on Women's lived experiences of a first episode of psychosis (FEP) as part of a symposium exploring narrative approaches to research in mental health. The International Early Psychosis Association's 9th International Conference will be held in Japan in November and she will also present at the University of Toronto in December. 

Additional funding awarded to study into domestic violence

Alison Gregory, University of Bristol, has successfully received another year of funding from the NIHR SPCR to continue her doctoral research during a Primary Care Scientist Launching Fellowship. Read more.

NIHR OK to ask campaign

On International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) 2014 on 20 May, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and partners promoted their ‘OK to ask’ campaign.

The encouraged everybody to get involved; patients, medical professionals and the public, to support the campaign so that people might benefit from research. Read more.

INVOLVE make it clear campaign

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is committed to making sure that each research study it funds has a clear and concise plain English summary. It is important that this information explains the research as a whole and is easy to read and understand.  From 14 May 2014 a good quality plain English summary, submitted as part of the standard application form, will be a requirement of NIHR funding.  Find out more from the INVOLVE website.

NIHR TCC New Media Competition

Round four of the NIHR New Media Competition is for researchers, patients or members of the public who are interested in communicating NIHR research. 

The research should be clinical or applied health research, including social care research. It could also be research into medical education.

The research should have clear potential for benefiting patients and the public within 5 years of its completion. Read more.

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