9 December 2013
Carol Bewick from Fight for Sight tells us about a recent Priority Setting Partnership co-funded by Fight for Sight and other sight loss and vision organisations to identify which areas of eye research need to be prioritised.
The government, the HRA and the MRC outline how they will reduce barriers to conducting clinical trials
9 December 2013
The government, HRA and MRC have all responded to the Commons Science and Technology Committee’s report on Clinical Trials, outlining how they will continue to increase clinical trial transparency, tackle complex regulation and raise awareness of opportunities to participate in medical research.
5 December 2013
Today's autumn statement included some science initiatives and the promise of a Science and Innovation Strategy this time next year. But all departments are tasked with looking for cuts.
2 December 2013
Last week, we held our annual conference and AGM in central London. This was a fantastic opportunity for AMRC members, supporters and stakeholders to come together and talk about the big issues we are all facing. Speakers including Professor Sir Malcolm Grant (Chair of NHS England), Professor Sir John Bell, (Chair of the Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research), Dr Vicky Robinson (Chief Executive of NC3Rs) gave us much to think about and we covered topics as diverse as animal research, commercialisation and making the NHS more research-friendly. It was our biggest AGM to date with 150 delegates and representation from over 50 member charities.
2 December 2013
An Expert Group setup by the government to advise on speeding up access to medicines through innovation in regulation and licensing has reported that more awareness of existing flexibilities is needed. The group has made a number of recommendations to the government on an Early Access to Medicines Scheme, Adaptive Licensing and other measure to make the UK a better place to develop medicines. We welcome this progress but there is still much more to do.
26 November 2013
Last Friday the government announced plans to consult in the new year on Lord Saatchi's proposals to encourage doctors to be more innovative by removing the threat of litigation. This is a great opportunity for patients and clinicians to have a say in how the NHS develops and adopt new treatments.
22 November 2013
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction in Animals in Research (NC3Rs) has published its latest research review, which studies NC3Rs' portfolio of research grants and assesses their impact. It includes lots of great examples of research that will help scientists reduce the need to use animals in research to better understand disease and develop new treatments.
14 November 2013
Dr Kieran Breen, chair of AMRC's Animal Research Working Group, explains why the group has recommended an update to AMRC animal research policy
12 November 2013
It seems sensible to assume that healthcare organisations that do research provide better care. However, up until now, there has been little evidence to support this. A new evidence synthesis study funded by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme aims to address this. It concludes that where clinicians and health-care organisations engage with research, there is a greater likelihood of a positive impact on health care performance.
5 November 2013
A new report on CLAHRCs (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care), which act as partnerships between universities and their local NHS organisations, shows that they are beginning to have some success in bringing together researchers and patients with their local NHS trusts to translate applied health research into clinical practice, something we have previously called for in our Vision for research in the NHS.