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Ear, Nose and Throat

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Gastroenterology

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Hepatology

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Infection

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Respiratory

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Gene Therapy

Enquiries


Contact Specialty Cluster B
Marwa Soussi

marwa.soussi@nihr.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7594 9822

The Cluster supports the leadership of five NIHR CRN Specialty Groups at a national level, providing a national forum to share good practice, successes, opportunities and challenges, as well as, sharing specialist knowledge essential for the success of the CRN. The Cluster oversees Specialty activities including, engaging with external stakeholders and customers to further the aims of the NIHR CRN; promoting engagement, placement and subsequent delivery of clinical research, as well as, acting as ambassadors of the NIHR CRN.


 Another function of the Cluster is to partner with Imperial College London clinical experts to provide leadership in the Emerging Technology and Innovation areas of Gene and Cell Therapy and Community Clinical Research Facility for the CRN. Both focus areas are considered as cross-cutting disciplines recognised by the NIHR CRN as being of critical importance to the national research portfolio.

Working with the clinical expertise based at Imperial College London, the Cluster aims to facilitate a series of projects to ensure the effective and efficient support for the delivery of high-quality clinical research in the NHS across these areas.

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We focus on seven core areas - expand below to find out more.

Ear, nose and throat

The Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialty, led by Professor Anne Schilder, is one of 30 clinical research specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide networks of research expertise. Our membership is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels. 

Last year (2018/2019) the NIHR supported 71 studies and recruited 3,798 patients to ENT studies. The NIHR supported these studies through our funding programmes, research schools and units. 

The research supported by the ENT specialty includes studies involving Otology, Neurotology/Skull Base Surgery, Rhinology, Head and Neck including Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery and Laryngology. 

Find out more you can visit our website at: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-in-your-area/ent/

Access our Study Support Service online at: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/study-support-service/

Gastroenterology

The Gastroenterology Specialty, led by Professor Mark Hull, is one of 30 specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide networks of research expertise and clinical leadership. It is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners who work at both national and local levels to ensure the studies that are included in our portfolio of research are delivered successfully in the NHS. 

Last year (2018/2019) the NIHR supported 231 studies and recruited 41,660 patients to Gastroenterology studies. 

Find out more you can visit our website at: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-in-your-area/gastroenterology/

Access our Study Support Service online at: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/study-support-service/

Hepatology

The Hepatology Specialty, led by Professor William Rosenberg, is one of 30 specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide networks of research expertise and clinical leadership. It is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners who work at both national and local levels to ensure the studies that are included in our portfolio of research are delivered successfully in the NHS. 

Last year (2018/2019) the NIHR supported 127 studies on the Hepatology portfolio and recruited 5,359 patients to Hepatology studies. 

Find out more you can visit our website at: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-in-your-area/hepatology/

Access our Study Support Service online at: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/study-support-service/

Infection

The Infection Specialty, led by Dr Jane Minton, is one of 30 specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide networks of research expertise and clinical leadership. It is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners who work at both national and local levels to ensure the studies that are included in our portfolio of research are delivered successfully in the NHS. 

Last year (2018/2019) the NIHR supported 221 studies and recruited 88,163 patients to Infection studies. 

In addition, we support research in Urgent Public Health situations. Urgent public health outbreaks can cause serious risk to human health. In the event of an urgent public health outbreak (e.g. a pandemic) the NIHR must be able to rapidly set-up relevant research studies and ensure that these studies are successfully conducted so that their findings can inform the on-going care of patients during the outbreak. 

Find out more you can visit our website at: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-in-your-area/infection/

Access our Study Support Service online at: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/study-support-service/

Respiratory disorders

The Respiratory Disorders Specialty, led by Professor Anthony De Soyza, is one of 30 specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide networks of research expertise and clinical leadership. It is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners who work at both national and local levels to ensure the studies that are included in our portfolio of research are delivered successfully in the NHS. 

Last year (2018/2019) the NIHR supported 281 studies, and recruited 24,681 patients to Respiratory Disorders studies. 

Find out more you can visit our website at: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-in-your-area/respiratory/

Access our Study Support Service online at: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding-and-support/study-support-service/

Community Based Clinical Research Facility

The Community Clinical Research Facility (cCRF) project is looking at how we can recruit participants better from high street settings. This would include people who have mild conditions and do not necessarily engage with NHS services, for example, early cataract growth is often dealt with in local commercial optometry services. Working together across the Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre this will involve scoping work to investigate the need for identifying participants in these types of settings.

Gene Therapy

Cluster B has pulled together all of the UK based stakeholders for gene and cell therapy, streamlining route to clinic for gene therapy trials, removing duplication between these UK based stakeholders and in collaboration with Workforce, Learning and Organisation Development in the Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre developing workforce training.

Stakeholders include the Advanced Therapeutics Treatment Centres, London Advanced Therapies Network, Catapult, British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy, UK Clinical Research Facility Network, Specialist Pharmacy Services and NOCRI.

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Specialty Cluster B members

  • Professor Eric Alton

    Professor Eric Alton

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    Professor Eric Alton NIHR CRN Cluster B Lead

    +44 (0)20 7594 7937

  • Tracy Harman

    Tracy Harman

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    Tracy Harman NIHR CRN Assistant Specialty Cluster B Lead

    +44 (0)20 7594 7932

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  • Reshma Sultan

    Reshma Sultan

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    Reshma Sultan NIHR CRN Cluster B General Manager

    +44 (0)20 7594 9978

  • Marwa Soussi

    Marwa Soussi

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    Marwa Soussi CRN Administrative Assistant

    +44 (0)20 7594 9822

  • Julia Karolkiewicz

    Julia Karolkiewicz

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    Julia Karolkiewicz CRN National Specialities Administrator and PA

    +44 (0)20 7594 9977