World AIDS Day 2020: Bringing an End to HIV

Posted on 1 December 2020 by Richard Haggerty

Background On December 1st every year we show our support for World AIDS Day. An opportunity for worldwide unity in the fight against HIV. It allows each of us and our organisations to show support for those living with HIV and commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have HIV and more than
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CENTRIC Training

Posted on 20 November 2020 by Kim Munnery

Background The CENTRIC study is about the development of a co-produced training curriculum for researchers who access and process routine public sector data (administrative data). This involved working with both public and professional stakeholders to develop the course content ensuring it was sensitive to the interests of the public and responsive to the needs of
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RDCS Funding Application Virtual Workshops 2020

Posted on 11 November 2020 by Philip Pallmann

Our first virtual event On Monday, 5th October the Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS) South East Wales hosted its first ever virtual funding application workshop. In previous years, the RDCS had held its annual grant writing retreat either as a one-day event at Birchwood House, Cardiff or as a residential retreat over several days in
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World Sepsis Day 2020: BATCH, PRONTO And Antimicrobial Resistance

Posted on 11 September 2020 by Kerry Hood

Sepsis and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)? Today on World Sepsis Day (13th September 2020), as both members of the public and health professionals alike, we can all learn more about how to spot signs of sepsis.  Whilst there are many conditions where a watchful waiting approach to management can be taken, with sepsis speed really is
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week: Our Research

Posted on 3 September 2020 by Timothy Pickles

Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week takes place on 7-11 September 2020 and is organised by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS). The Centre for Trials Research is active in a number of studies to help inform evidence base in this important area. There is a focus on wellbeing and there are multiple
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Spotlight on: The PATHOS Study

Posted on 5 August 2020 by Richard Haggerty

PATHOS is a Phase III trial of risk-stratified, reduced intensity adjuvant treatment in patients undergoing transoral surgery for human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal cancer. The aim of the study is to tailor treatment for participants with HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer to reduce side-effects, particularly swallowing problems, which have a major impact on quality of life. We are
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Visual Timeline Interviews Over The Telephone: Findings From The STAR Family Study

Posted on 8 July 2020 by Bethan Pell

Background My passion and enthusiasm lies in relevant and impactful public health and qualitative research. Leaving university with a degree in Psychology, I worked closely with vulnerable groups in various mental health settings before training as an independent domestic violence advocate with Women’s Aid. These experiences, although fulfilling and rewarding, highlighted the importance and impact
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Our PrEP Research And What It Means To Wales (And Beyond)

Posted on 4 July 2020 by Kerry Hood

Background A few days ago, the Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Health, Vaughan Gething, announced that the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (known as PrEP) to prevent HIV would become routine in the NHS in Wales following assessment by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG). This follows a three year research evaluation after the AWMSG had
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Our Research Collaboration and the European Union

Posted on 31 January 2020 by Kerry Hood

At 11pm this evening Britain officially leaves the European Union (EU) and we move into a transitional phase before fully leaving at the end of 2020.  This means we will spend much of this year working out how things will look going forwards and in order to do that I think it is worth reflecting
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International Year Of The Nurse And Midwife 2020 – Celebrating Nurses And Midwives’ Roles In The Work Of The Centre For Trials Research

Posted on 29 January 2020 by Victoria Shepherd

The World Health Organization has dedicated 2020 to nurses and midwives to create a ‘once in a generation opportunity’ to showcase the critical role that the nursing and midwifery professions play in supporting global health. It chose the theme to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. While Nightingale is known
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