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News and Research
January 2017
The NIHR's mental health Challenge
Find out more in the NIHR blog from Martin Hunt, i4i Programme Director.
Global Health Research - Expert reviewers needed
More information can be found on our website.
UK's pioneering approach provides lessons for health research systems around the world.
Health news round-up

Pedometers delivered by post can help improve physical activity levels
A new NIHR-funded trial has shown that pedometers, provided either by post or with practice nurse support, can improve objectively measured physical activity levels in less active people. When compared with a third group that took no extra measures, those using pedometers increased their step-counts by about one-tenth, and the time they spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity levels by about one-third at 12 months. R
ead more.
NHS England to provide funding for testing of NIHR-supported Bionic Eye

NHS England will provide funding for further testing of the Argus II, also known as the Bionic Eye, which has been developed with NIHR/Wellcome Trust Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF) support.
Read more.

The role of genetics in immunity highlighted

Researchers from King’s College London supported by the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) have found that nearly three quarters of immune traits are influenced by genes.
Read more.

New epilepsy gene network identified
In a study funded by the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), researchers from Imperial College London working in collaboration with Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, discovered a new gene network associated with epilepsy. They believe the discovery could lead to more treatments for the condition.
Read more.
In other news

Do you have what it takes to become an adviser for the James Lind Alliance?
The James Lind Alliance (JLA) is looking for people who are passionate about making a difference in healthcare to join them. They are searching for skilled individuals to serve as JLA advisers to help support JLA Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs). Applicants must submit a tender by 27 January.
Find out more.
Behind the news

Pictures of health
We're taking a look back over some of the research the NIHR has funded over the last 10 years, with stories behind the pictures in our NIHR at 10 poster series. Watch the collection grow over the coming weeks.

Improving outcomes post heart attack and cost savings through research
When a study makes a significant finding to improve patient outcomes it's rare that it comes along with substantial cost savings. Even rarer still to receive international praise and criticism at the same time. When the HEAT-PPCI study team set out to discover which antithrombotic drug works better after treatment for heart attack, they did not expect to have such global impact.
Read more.

All heart in the Northwest
Every year tens of thousands of people in the UK with stable angina have stents inserted to treat their condition. A research team at Northwick Park Hospital is leading the way in exploring if it’s better to insert stents followed by medical and lifestyle interventions, or whether medical and lifestyle changes could be more effective on their own.
Read more.

Latest podcast highlights NHS engagement in clinical research
podcast highlighting the role of NHS Engagement in Clinical Research has been released for download by the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). The 'Clinical Research in the NHS' podcast includes an interview with Dr William van't Hoff, the NIHR CRN Clinical Director for NHS Engagement. 
NIHR Campaigns

The NIHR mental health Challenge
The NIHR is taking the opportunity during the opening of the i4i 2017 Challenge Award in mental health to highlight some key NIHR projects that are already leading the way in this field through the use of technology, providing new and innovative treatment options for people affected by mental illness.

We'll be adding projects to the NIHR
campaigns page between now and April, when the call closes. You can also follow the hashtag #NIHRChallenge to join the conversation and keep up to date with the research we are profiling.

Keep an eye on the
 campaigns page to also see how the NIHR will be raising awareness of mental health on Thursday 2 February, through the support of Time to Change's Time to Talk Day 2017.

Journals Library

This month's NIHR Journals Library publications include: You can read all the latest publications and find out about research being published in the future, on the Journals Library website.
Did you know?

NIHR Researchfish submissions open soon
NIHR award holders will be able to enter Researchfish submissions from 6 February to 16 March 2017. Researchers and trainees will be asked to submit data about their outputs, outcomes and impacts during this time. For more information
see our website or @OfficialNIHR.

Free 'Demystifying Targeted Cancer Treatments' MOOC offered by CRUK
A free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), developed by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is starting on 23 January 2017. The 'Demystifying Targeted Cancer Treatments' MOOC provides an opportunity for research staff to understand more about targeted cancer treatments, and explores the science behind new therapies changing the landscape of cancer treatment. 
Find out more.

You can still sign up to NIHR newsletters
This is the first in the new series of NIHR bulletins. To subscribe to this, or other NIHR bulletins, visit the 
sign up page on our website. The Funding and Support newsletter will be the next bulletin circulated on 2 February.

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