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Dr Mike Weekes

Date: 11 January 2021
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

Honour for expert who set up early testing for Covid-19

  Dr Michael Weekes, infectious diseases consultant at Addenbrooke’s hospital and the University of Cambridge, who rapidly set up a unique Covid testing lab in the very early days of the pandemic has been recognised in the New Year Honours…


Date: 11 January 2021
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

Covid-19: Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine approved for use in UK

On 30 December 2020, we woke up to the news that we had been waiting for, Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved! We are proud to be apart of the team who have supported this research.  In June 2020 we…


Date: 11 January 2021
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

Professor Farooqi awarded the Dale Medal 2021

Congratulations to Professor Farooqi, who has been awarded the Dale Medal 2021, the highest accolade bestowed by The Society for Endocrinology. The Dale Medal is awarded, on an annual basis, to a member of the scientific community in recognition of…


Date: 11 January 2021
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

UKCRF Network shared what we did during Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has required an urgent response from both clinicians and researchers across the UK to clinically support patients and ensure clinical research studies are set-up rapidly to find effective diagnostics, treatments and vaccines. Nationally, Clinical Research Facilities (CRF)…


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Date: 4 September 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

Combining PCR and antibody tests at point of care dramatically increases COVID-19 detection in hospitalised patients

Cambridge University Hospitals has piloted the use of combined rapid point-of-care nucleic acid and antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection after researchers showed that this approach was superior to virus detection alone for diagnosing COVID-19 disease.


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Date: 27 August 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

INCLUDE, making health research more inclusive

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) INCLUDE steering group, following discussions with key stakeholders, ongoing research and hosting a series of events, are delighted to have developed the following: NIHR CRN INCLUDE Guidance (General) NIHR CRN INCLUDE Guidance (COVID-19 specific)…


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Date: 24 August 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

Rapid Covid testing results published

April 2020, research staff from NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility were deployed onto the wards at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) to start using a new test for a research trial to diagnose COVID-19. The research trial was called COVIDx, investigating…


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Date: 24 August 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

What are the after effects of Coronavirus?

Right now, we don’t know, but thousands of people are still recovering and suffering chronic affects months after the virus has left their bodies. Many patients who have recovered from the initial virus are still battling with ongoing health issues….


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Date: 10 August 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

Cytosponge and BEST 3 Trial feature on Look East

A ‘pill on a string’ pill test can identify ten times more people with Barrett’s Oesophagus than the current usual GP route, according to a new study funded by Cancer Research UK and published this week in The Lancet. The…


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Date: 10 August 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

Nature’s epidural: Genetic variant may explain why some women don’t need pain relief during childbirth

By Cambridge University Women who do not need pain relief during childbirth may be carriers of a key genetic variant that acts a natural epidural, say scientists at the University of Cambridge. In a study published in July 2020 in…


Cytosponge

Date: 31 July 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

Sponge on a string test to transform oesophageal cancer diagnosis

A ‘sponge on a string’ pill test can identify ten times more people with Barrett’s oesophagus than the usual GP route, according to a new study funded by Cancer Research UK and published in The Lancet today (31 July 2020)….


CRF staff

Date: 9 July 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

Dr Estee Török on tackling Covid-19

Dr Estee Török, is a Honorary Consultant in infectious Diseases and Microbiology and Principal Investigator at Cambridge University Hospital, talks about her experiences and passion for infectious diseases, microbiology and genomics, including setting up and leading a novel coronavirus vaccine…


Front entrance of CCRC

Date: 29 June 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

COV002: Covid-19 Vaccine Trial

The COV002 trial aims to assess how well people across a broad range of ages could be protected from COVID-19 using a new vaccine called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19. It will also provide valuable information on safety of the vaccine and its…


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Date: 28 May 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

Men can be nurses too

Historically nursing was perceived as a female profession and medicine a male profession. Fortunately, we know the stereotypes are changing. This year is International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, a year-long celebration of NHS nurses and midwives during Florence…


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Date: 12 May 2020
Category: CRF Newsnews category 1
Author: Caroline McMahon

Celebrating International Nurses Day 2020

12 May 2020 is International Nurses Day. Caroline Saunders, our Clinical Director of Operations takes a moment to reflect and to share this message. “Here we are celebrating 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale. We find ourselves in…


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Date: 17 April 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

NIHR Cambridge BRC and CRF begin working on new COVID-19 study

Research staff from NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility (CRF) are being deployed onto the wards at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) to start using a new test for a research trial into COVID-19.


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Date: 16 April 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

Testing Methods Sourcing Platform for COVID-19

A new platform has been created to help work on new or existing methods of testing for COVID-19 . New and novel solutions are being sought via a new open testing methods platform. The platform is open to share and…


Professor Roman Hovorka

Date: 19 March 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

World’s first artificial pancreas app licensed for people with type 1 diabetes in UK

Pioneering diabetes researcher Professor Roman Hovorka launched the world’s first licensed, downloadable artificial pancreas app for people with type 1 diabetes.


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Date: 9 March 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

Celebrating International Women’s Day

The NIHR Cambridge BRC highlighted the women working on research at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. One of the women they featured, was Jo Piper, our CRF manager.


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Date: 29 January 2020
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

Depression trial prompts call for funding boost

More needs to be invested in mental health to find new treatments, since around a third of patients do not respond to anti-depressants currently available. That is the message from an honorary Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) consultant…


Owen, a young boy with rare thyroid condition

Date: 17 December 2019
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

Finding Owen a diagnosis 

Owen was six months old when his parents noticed a few health concerns and he was invited to take part in the 100,000 Genomes project. The findings showed a gene that might be affecting him called THRA, a rare thyroid…


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Date: 21 October 2019
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

Your Path In Research

To support improved patient outcomes there is a need for health and care professionals to become more involved in research and expand their knowledge. The NIHR announced the start of an exciting new campaign, Your Path in Research, which coincides with…


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Date: 21 October 2019
Category: CRF News
Author: Caroline McMahon

Record number of patients take part in clinical research

More people take part in NIHR research in the Eastern region than ever before! It has been announced that over 45,000 people – more than ever before – took part in NHS research in the Eastern region over the last…


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Date: 17 September 2019
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

Peanut allergies affected by exercise and sleep deprivation, new study finds

Sleep deprivation and exercise can make people with peanut allergies more sensitive, a study at Addenbrooke’s Hospital has found. Published on 17 September in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the team found that exercise and sleep deprivation each…


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Date: 11 June 2019
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

Cambridge researchers receive top prize

Double honour as Cambridge researchers receive most prestigious awards from the American Diabetes Association This year, the American Diabetes Association has awarded its two most prestigious scientific honours to researchers from the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS) and…


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Date: 24 May 2019
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

Be part of research for International Clinical Trials Day

To celebrate International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) held on 20 May 2019, the CRF took part in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) #BePartofResearch campaign. The aim: to encourage more patients, carers and the public to get involved with…


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Date: 5 April 2019
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

CRF makes front page 

Did you see the CRF in the Cambridge Independent in February? Katie Carr, metabolic nutritionist, featured on the front page and double page spread of the health supplement. The article discussed why some people find it difficult to loose weight…


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Date: 6 March 2019
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

Clinical trials launch at CRF for new prostate biopsy device  

A device developed by a Cambridge researcher to make prostate biopsies safer has begun clinical trials at the NIHR Cambridge CRF. University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) researcher and urologist, Mr Vincent Gnanapragasam (right), first developed the CamProbe…


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Date: 27 November 2018
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

HRH The Duchess Of Cornwall visits Cambridge CRF to see the artificial pancreas

    Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited Addenbrooke’s Hospital on Tuesday 27 November to see the world-leading type 1 diabetes technology being developed there by Professor Roman Hovorka of the University of Cambridge. The Duchess, who is President of the type 1 diabetes…


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Date: 21 June 2018
Category: CRF News
Author: Vivienne Pittas

CCRC L5 nominated for team award

The NIHR Cambridge CRF L5 staff have been nominated for a Cambridge University Hospitals ‘You Made a Difference’ team award. The award aims to recognise both teams and individual staff members who have ‘made a difference’ to patients, visitors or…


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