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National Institute for Health Research to make debut at British Science Festival with live trial

4 September 2013

This September will see the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)’s debut show at the British Science Festival and the organisation’s first ever live trial.

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NIHR showcases the clinical research that could bring hope to the nation's dementia sufferers

30 August 2013

To mark the start of World Alzheimer’s Month, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is showcasing some of the cutting-edge clinical research that could bring new hope to dementia patients and their families.

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Making sense of a new transport system

1 August 2013

An NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme study of the health impacts of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway has published its first evaluation findings in PLOS ONE this week.

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Could text messages help heavy drinkers to cut down?

23 July 2013

Research funded by the PHR Programme has explored a novel approach to helping men who regularly drink heavily to reduce the frequency of their drinking. A feasibility study assessed the acceptability of sending informative text messages to men who regularly binge drink.

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Home energy efficiency and winter deaths

12 July 2013

A new project funded by the NIHR Public Health Research (NIHR PHR) Programme is aiming to discover whether there is a link between home energy efficiency interventions and mortality.

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Can care farms help prevent offenders re-offending?

01 July 2013

The National Institute for Health Public Health Research (NIHR PHR) Programme has funded a pilot study which will look at the impacts and cost effectiveness of care farms on the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged populations such as adult offenders.

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First PHR project publishes in the new NIHR Journals Library

18 June 2013

The first issue of the Public Health Research journal has published in the new NIHR Journals Library.

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NIHR launches its own peer-reviewed collection of open access journals

03 June 2013

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) announces the launch of the new NIHR Journals Library, providing full publication and open access to an extensive body of health research.

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Study to examine the impact of energy-efficient homes on physical and mental health

28 May 2013

A new study, funded by the NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme, will examine whether improving the energy-efficiency of houses in low-income neighbourhoods can improve the physical and mental health of their occupants.

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Getting more active: evaluating the health benefits

20 May 2013

It is well known that incorporating physical activity into our daily lives can have a positive impact on our health. The benefits of aerobic exercise, such as walking, can reduce the risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease, which costs the NHS about £1bn a year in drugs alone.

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International Clinical Trials Day: NIHR support in Clinical Trials

17 May 2013

International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on or near 20 May each year, to commemorate the anniversary of the very first clinical trial by James Lind.

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Researching different pathways of public health air pollution to meet the UK Climate Change Act

2 May 2013

New research, funded by the NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme, will compare different choices or scenarios for meeting the 2050 UK Climate Change Act target to assess what impact this has on health.

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It's OK to ask - the NIHR'S new patient empowerment campaign

1 May 2013

The NIHR is launching a new campaign to empower patients and encourage engagement in clinical research – and we are calling on all NIHR-funded researchers to take part.

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A social network for young Londoners on the buses

28 March 2013

Free bus travel has improved the social lives and independence of 12-18 year olds in London, according to research published today in the journal Mobilities.

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More studies needed to establish how schools can affect student health

15 March 2013

An NIHR Public Health Research (NIHR PHR) Programme funded study has published its findings in the Health & Place journal this week.

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Public Health Research Programme calls for research into smoking prevention

13 March 2013

Today (13 March 2013) is No Smoking Day, a national awareness-raising initiative to encourage people to give up smoking. Opening on 16 April 2013, the PHR Programme will issue three new calls for research into interventions to prevent the uptake of smoking.

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Commuting and Health in Cambridge

28 February 2013

A National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research (NIHR PHR) Programme study evaluating the health impacts of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway has published further baseline findings in Preventive Medicine this week.

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NIHR Primary Care Interventions Themed Call

12 February 2013

Today (12 February, 2013), around 500 representatives from the primary care research community are attending a workshop in central London to help them find out more about how the NIHR supports primary care research, about the funding opportunities available to them and how to make successful research applications.

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Free public transport study publishes in Social Science & Medicine

25 January 2013

The initial findings of an NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funded study into the impact of free bus travel have been published in Social Science & Medicine last month.

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New study to tackle child smoking

23 January 2013

An NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funded trial is aiming to develop an approach to prevent the uptake of smoking in school-age children. It will do this through highlighting the tactics that tobacco companies use in persuading young people to take up the habit.

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BMJ Editorial by Sir Iain Chalmers calls for all trials to be published

17 January 2013

Patients could be put at risk and healthcare resources under-utilised as a result of under-reporting research, according to an editorial in the BMJ by Sir Iain Chalmers and Professor Paul Glasziou.

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NIHR launches new Clinical Trials Toolkit for researchers

10 January 2013

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) announces the launch of the new Clinical Trials (CT) Toolkit website.

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Dementia themed call

04 January 2013

The increasing health burden for patients and carers and the potential economic impact of dementia in the UK supports the need for high-quality research on the management and treatment of dementia.

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Helping children get their five-a-day fruit and vegetables

20 December 2012

A paper that contributes to research findings of a study funded by the NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme has published in the British Medical Journal's (BMJ) Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health .

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Reducing the fear of cycling to improve health

04 December 2012

A new review funded by the NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme will assess the effectiveness of cycling infrastructures in reducing the number of injuries to cyclists. It could also help to influence decisions about road safety which could encourage more people to take up cycling on roads – this could consequently benefit the health of the wider community.

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National Institute for Health Research showcases the "hidden heroes" in diabetes research

14 November 2012

On World Diabetes Day (14 November), the National Institute for Health Research will launch a new website to showcase the ground-breaking work that top researchers are doing to tackle diabetes.

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Motivations for walking or cycling to work around the period of relocation

25 September 2012

Emphasising and improving the relative convenience, cost, speed and reliability of active commuting (walking or cycling to work) may be a more promising approach to promoting its uptake than emphasising the health benefits, at least around the time when people are moving home or workplace.

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Examining the longer-term impact of London's Olympic Park

08 August 2012

Urban regeneration, good employment prospects, and sustainable places and communities have been a driving factor in the development of London's Olympic Park.

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NIHR Journals Library - Vacancy for Editors

18 June 2012

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is recruiting new editors for the NIHR Journals Library. 

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Preventing childhood obesity

28 May 2012

A newly funded NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) programme study will determine the effectiveness and cost- effectiveness of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) to see if it can prevent children becoming overweight.

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Preventing alcohol misuse in children and young people

22 May 2012

Two studies funded by the NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) programme are investigating the most effective ways of preventing alcohol misuse in children and young people.

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New NIHR PHR studies evaluate interventions that aim to improve children's wellbeing

01 May 2012

Three new NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) programme funded studies are evaluating different interventions designed to improve the wellbeing of school children.

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Impact of woodlands on mental health

26 April 2012

A newly funded project by the NIHR PHR programme is investigating how effective the Forestry Commission Scotland's Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT) programme is at improving psychological wellbeing in deprived communities.

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New study to investigate change in alcohol outlet density

07 November 2011

Will a reduction in the availability of alcohol in the community result in a reduction in alcohol health-related harm and consumption? A new study has been funded by the NIHR PHR programme to investigate change in alcohol outlet density in the local community in Wales.

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Research evaluates Walk to Work interventions

7 October 2011

A new study funded by the NIHR Public Health Research programme will encourage walking to work through a workplace-based intervention.

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Population Health - Methods and Challenges Conference

30 September 2011

The MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network, UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence and the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy are convening the first UK conference on population health research methods.

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Evaluating the impact of urban regeneration

11 August 2011

A new study evaluating the impact of urban regeneration to discover its' effect on health inequalities has been funded by the NIHR PHR programme.

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NIHR TCC launches Research Professorships

08 August 2011

The NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (TCC) is inviting nominations from universities and NHS organisations in England for up to five NIHR Research Professorships.

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Assessing obesity health interventions

Two NIHR PHR programme projects have been funded under the joint obesity themed call aiming to measure the success of health programmes and public health interventions in both child and adult obesity.
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Assessing outreach interventions for travellers

A newly funded study by the NIHR PHR programme is conducting a review on current information to assess whether outreach programmes for traveller communities work, when they may be effective and if they are good value for money.
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Health benefits of housing regeneration programme assessed

A study looking at the immediate and longer health benefits of a major housing regeneration programme has been funded by the NIHR PHR programme.
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School intervention for improving childhood diet and exercise levels

New research funded by the NIHR PHR programme is tackling low levels of exercise and poor diet in 9-10 year olds by examining the effectiveness of a school-based intervention that teaches lessons about diet and exercise. continue continue

First woman appointed as Chief Medical Officer

The government announced yesterday that Professor Dame Sally Davies has been named as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, the first woman to hold the post.
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New NETSCC director appointed

NETSCC has appointed Dr Matt Westmore as Director with responsibility for the management of three of its research programmes: Health Services Research (HSR), Public Health Research (PHR) and Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO). continue continue

Effectiveness of an Australian school CBT programme

A cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme is being evaluated by new research, funded by the NIHR PHR programme, to consider if implementing it into the British school system could help children with anxiety and emotional health issues. continue continue

PHR first commissioned funding stream

The PHR programme is delighted to announce that it has successfully funded its first proposals from the commissioned workstream.

The commissioned workstream aims to improve the health of the public by commissioning projects that are seen as relevant and important. continue continue

Children Learning About Second-hand Smoke (CLASS) trial

A newly funded study by the NIHR PHR programme is evaluating a school based intervention that aims to reduce children’s exposure to second-hand smoke.

The intervention known as ‘Smoke Free Homes’  works in primary schools teaching children about the effects of smoking through activities and encouraging families to make a commitment to a smoke-free home. continue continue

Patient and Public members sought for Research Capability Programme Pilot Health Research Support Service

A Health Research Support Service is being created by the NIHR Research Capability Programme (RCP). This will enable research to achieve its full potential as a "core" activity for healthcare alongside other uses of NHS data that lead to improvements in the quality and safety of care. continue continue

Guidelines to help clinical trials reduce CO2 emissions launched

28 October 2010

Carbon Reduction Guidelines to help support health researchers in the fight against carbon emissions have today been launched by the National Institute for Health Research. These guidelines have been designed to help the NHS meet its carbon reduction target as set by the Climate Change Act, through the publication of the Carbon Reduction Strategy for the NHS in England. continue continue

Opportunity to join NIHR Panels and Committees

25 October 2010
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is seeking to appoint new members, including Chairs, to serve on its national panels and regional committees that consider researcher-led proposals. continue

Effects of crime and fear of crime on peoples’ mental health

20 October 2010
Crime and fear of crime in communities will be assessed to determine if it has an effect on peoples’ health and if so how this can be tackled. The study commissioned by the NIHR PHR programme, is being led by Professor Mark Petticrew of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. continue

Senior Scientific Advisor secondment opportunity (now closed)

23rd September 2010
Part time (up to three days a week) secondment opportunity for Senior Scientific Advisor, NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), Public Health Research Programme.

Board vacancies

12th July 2010
The PHR Programme Advisory Board (PAB) currently has a vacancy for an expert in health protection. continue

Pandemic flu research

24th August 2009
As part of the ongoing Department of Health (DH) response to H1N1 ‘swine flu' pandemic, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is commissioning research looking into the prevention, treatment and management of swine flu. NETSCC is supporting the NIHR by pro-actively managing the research process for these projects. continue

NETSCC is responding to urgent national research priorities in relation to flu including a recent call for proposals on the co-administration of vaccines for influenza. It has also coordinated a themed call for research proposals that will inform policy and patient care in the current influenza pandemic. Outcomes from these calls are available on the NETSCC website.

Professor Catherine Law to head up NIHR Public Health Research programme

August 2008 
Professor Catherine Law of the UCL Institute of Child Health has been appointed Director of the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research (NIHR PHR) programme. Professor Law will take up her new position on 1st October 2008. continue

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