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SPCR news update

Welcome to the February 2014 news update from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR). For detailed research news and recent publications, please visit our website.

Four SPCR projects feature in the recently launched NIHR Focus on Stroke campaign. The campaign highlights research in the prevention, cause, treatment and care of people that suffer a stroke. 

Dan Lasserson  'A qualitative study of patients’ healthcare seeking behaviours after transient ischaemic attack and minor stroke.'
Grace Turner (Doctoral research) 'Cognitive and psychological impairment after TIA and minor stroke and missed opportunities for prevention of TIA and stroke.'
Goya Wannamethee 'Physical activity & the prevention of cardiovascular disease among older people: a study in Primary Care.'
Tim Holt 'Automated risk assessment for stroke in atrial fibrillation: a cluster randomised controlled trial of an electronic reminder intervention to promote anticoagulation and reduce stroke risk.'

International exposure in Mexico and Washington DC

Amongst opportunities to attend research and training events, SPCR trainees frequently present their work at conferences and workshops both locally and abroad. Rosa Lau, trainee at UCL, presented a poster at the Winter School on Ubiquitous Computing in Puebla, Mexico from 6-17 January. Read More.

Kate Button, trainee at the University of Bristol, was a panellist at a National Science Foundation (NSF) workshop on robust research in the social, behavioural, and economic sciences, in Washington DC on 20 and 21 February. This followed a review she and co-researchers had conducted on the problem of low statistical power in neuroscience. 

FAMCHOL project leads to award from the Nottingham Central Commissioning Group 

Following School funding for his familial hypercholesterolameia study, 
Nadeem Qureshi has successfully attracted further funding from Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Nadeem will undertake a systematic review and pilot testing to develop an application for a NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (PGfAR) project. Read more.

On Saturday 22 February, SPCR researcher David Springate appeared on BBC1 to debate the benefits of the national primary care database. David works on electronic data base research at the Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester. Read more
The SPCR encourages applications to the School's mentoring programme for Primary Health Care Scientists. The programme will support non medical colleagues working in member departments of the School. Please see further details and an application form on our website. Deadline is 7 March 2014.
Round three of the NIHR New Media Competition closes at midnight on 30 March 2014. 

If you are involved in NIHR Research and would like to consider innovative ways of communicating your work, please visit the NIHR New Media Competition website to find out more.

2014 Event dates

9-11 July - Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC)
25 September - SPCR trainees' annual event, St Anne's College, Oxford
26 September - SPCR showcase, Maths Institute, Oxford

10-11 November - NIHR Trainees Co-ordinating Centre training event

25-26 November - INVOLVE conference call for presentations now open

Latest news and funding from NIHR

NIHR Themed call: Long-term Conditions in Children and Young People
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme
Clinical Research Network

Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre (NETSCC) funding opportunities for February 2014 can be found on our website