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Academic update

Eager to contribute to the future of women's health? Interested in cutting-edge research?

National Institute for Health Research logoThe answers to these questions may be closer than you think, because in all English NHS hospitals there are resources to support you, but you may not have noticed them.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) celebrates its 10th birthday next year. Its purpose is to deliver a world-class NHS and the country-wide Clinical Research Network (CRN).

At the centre of the CRN is the Portfolio - a collection of high-quality clinical studies. They are eligible for Portfolio status if they are funded by an eligible funder (which includes most major UK and international funders).

The CRN provides financial and practical support to help investigators participate in clinical trials in hospitals throughout the UK. The Reproductive Health and Childbirth (RH&C) network is amongst the best performing research networks in the UK for participant recruitment.

The RH&C network is complemented by the Clinical Study Groups (CSGs) hosted by the RCOG. These fifteen CSGs represent the range of subspecialty research areas with obstetrics and gynaecology. They help established and novice researchers develop trial ideas to a stage where they can be submitted for external funding.

Visit the Portfolio, contact your local Lead, or knock on the door of your R&I department. Research is for the many, not the few!

Mr Nigel Simpson
Lead for NIHR Clinical Research Network for Reproductive Health & Childbirth