Purple Day 2021: Why Epilepsy Research Is So Vital

Posted on 26 March 2021 by Cheney Drew

The 26th March is otherwise known as ‘Purple Day’- a day where people are encouraged to where purple in recognition and support of people with epilepsy (PwE). Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological condition, affecting between 1-3% of the population. It can affect anyone and although specific epilepsy syndromes ae associated with particular age groups,
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Neurodiversity During A Pandemic – One Parent’s Experience

Posted on 9 March 2021 by Claire Johnson

Unbelievably we are reaching the 1-year anniversary of our move to working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to mark the anniversary and celebrate international women’s day (March 8th 2021) by writing about motherhood, caring for my eldest son who is autistic and non-verbal, and balancing my career during the pandemic. During “normal”
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World Encephalitis Day: Enceph-IG Trial

Posted on 22 February 2021 by Richard Haggerty

World Encephalitis Day on February 22 is a global awareness day where individuals and families affected by encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) come together to shine a light on the condition. The Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University is fully co-ordinating the Intravenous Immunoglobulin in Autoimmune Encephalitis in Adults-A Randomised Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial (Enceph-IG Trial) Autoimmune
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Get CreActive – Raising Awareness of Adult Hip Dysplasia

Posted on 18 February 2021 by Julie Latchem-Hastings

Adult Hip Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia means that the bones of the hip joint are not aligned properly. It is a general term for hip instability, dislocation, or shallowness of the hip socket. Hip instability and dislocation are more likely to occur in children, while a shallow socket which is stable is more often discovered in adolescence or
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Building Blocks 2: Results And Reflections

Posted on 16 February 2021 by Michael Robling

This month we published the results of our Building Blocks 2 (BB:2-6) study which has evaluated the longer-term impact of the specialist home-visiting programme, the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP). We began studying the effects of FNP not long after it was introduced into the UK as a way of supporting teenage mothers expecting their first
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Recruitment for Critical Care Trials – What Strategies Work Best? Findings From an Intercalated Medical Student Project

Posted on 3 February 2021 by Victoria Shepherd

Timia Raven-Gregg writes:  Following my fourth year at medical school, I decided that I wanted to gain a better understanding of clinical research and have the opportunity to undertake a research project myself. For this reason, I chose to intercalate in a degree in Population Medicine. The idea of better understanding research conducted within critical care instantly appealed
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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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