Research news


10 December 2015

Science Summit: Strategy for Excellence 

Held in London, the event will support universities and research institutions in their strategies to achieve excellence in research and to deliver economic growth on an institutional, local and international level.

Further information can be obtained by registering your interest in the event or alternatively via email:

20 November 2015 

NIHR CRN Survey to Assess the Research Delivery Capabilities and Capacity of NHS Pathology Departments. The deadline for completion is 20 Nov 2015. 

5-6 November 2015 

Wellcome Trust Frontiers event in London ‘Digital Phenotypes - Health research in the digital age? Will explore the research potential of digital health data captured outside of normal healthcare settings through new platforms including wearables, health apps, mobile devices, social media, forums, crowdsourcing, citizen science, and mobile tracking and surveillance.

19-25 October 2015 

NIHR supporting Open Access Week    

HSJ Clinical Research Impact Award 2015 shortlist revealed:

  • Barts Health Trust
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Keele University, Stafford & Surrounds CCG, North Staffordshire CCG, Shropshire CCG, Telford & Wrekin CCGs on behalf of ReDIE Group
  • MHresearchMCR, NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester
  • Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust
  • Plymouth Hospitals Trust
  • Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Foundation Trust
  • Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals of Leicester Trust
  • Winners will be announced 18/11/15

Cellular and Molecular Pathology (CMP) Network Group 

21 October 2015 

The NIHR Clinical Research Network has published its annual league table, revealing a 5% increase in  clinical research activity across the NHS in England. 

21 October 2015 

Wellcome Trust biomedical charity unveils budget boost and will spend £5 billion over the next 5 years. 

15 October 2015 

A collaborative effort involving four UK universities is attempting to provide academic researchers with cloud-based compute, storage, and bioinformatics algorithms and pipelines for analysing and making sense of microbial genomes. A total of £8.4m (over five years has been provided for the projectThe MRC Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) involves researchers at Swansea University, the University of Warwick, University of Birmingham, and Cardiff University. It's composed of four components: the planned cloud system itself, updated bioinformatics facilities at Warwick and Swansea Universities, planned training workshops and events, and three microbial bioinformatics research fellows, who are developing and implementing pipelines on the system that support various analysis needs. 

14 October 2015 

University-business research collaborations: the findings of the Dowling Review. 32 recommendations made. 

13 October 2015 

Early Career Scientists Research Conference 2015 held at Royal Society of Medicine, London.   

13 October 2015 

PHG Foundation 6th Seminar  'Regulation of medical research under European Data Protection’ in Cambridge. 

8 October 2015 

Free online course aims to inform about clinical discovery and evaluation. NIHR, Clinical Research Network (CRN) has partnered with the University of Leeds to create the ‘Massive online open course’ (MOOC) ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. 

5 October 2015 

How much money do British universities get from the EU? “UK universities receive an additional 15% in funding from the EU, on top of what the UK government gives them. Much of this is for research and development. The UK receives the second largest share of EU research funding.” 

28-30 September 2015 

Equator/Reward Conference 2015 Increasing value and reducing waste in biomedical research in Edinburgh.

For previous presentations please click here. 

25 September 2015 

NIHR Annual Research Activity League Table to be published in 21 October on the Guardian website. To view the 2013/14 League Table, click here. And the top 100 performing Trusts, please click here. 

25 September 2015 

The super-laboratories bringing the UK to the forefront of life sciences.

8 September 2015 

CRUK article Four reasons why the Government needs to keep spending money on science research. Letter sent to Financial Time outlining need to maintain spend in the run up to the Spending Review. 

8 September 2015 

NIHR Clinical Research Network publishes its Research delivery in the NHS 2014-15. 

The 2014 Researchfish data collection exercise saw around 4,800 MRC researchers submit information on the outputs and outcomes of their research. 2014 was the first year that all seven research councils collected data using Researchfish, following a project to align output information from all research disciplines. More than 18,000 principal investigators used the system to report on work relating to everything from archaeology to zoology. The RCUK dataset now contains around one million output reports, which are publicly available on the Gateway to Research.

26 August 2015

Comparing blood tests to detect diabetes during NHS health checks.This NIHR-funded study estimated the long-term cost effectiveness of using two recommended blood tests – glycated haemoglobin or fasting blood glucose - to detect type 2 diabetes during NHS health checks.

26 August 2015 

An analysis by University of Warwick researchers finds that scientific papers with shorter titles are more likely to be cited. 

24 August 2015 

NIHR signals - Comparing blood tests to detect diabetes during NHS health checks.  

21 August 2015

Self-monitoring of warfarin is safe and cost-effective. This NIHR-funded systematic review investigated the clinical and cost-effectiveness of self-monitoring by people receiving long-term anticoagulation using vitamin K antagonists, most commonly, warfarin. 

18 August 2015 

British science will suffer if the UK leaves the European Union, argue Nerea Irigoyen (University of Cambridge) and Eduardo Oliver (Imperial College London) in the Guardian. 

12 August 2015 

New website – Chemical Probes Portal – has been launched to help researchers choose better quality research tools and avoid errors in biomedical research. The new site aims to predict the effects of chemical probes on proteins, cells and organisms and also determine if a possible therapeutic molecule is worth a lengthy and costly drug discovery programme.  

MRC Delivery Plan 2015/16 now published.

Includes expected outcomes of antimicrobial resistance; stratified medicine; regenerative medicine; translational research as well as national capability investments such as the Francis Crick Institute , UK Biobank.