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Parkinson’s Awareness Week: Welsh researchers leading the way in improving diagnostics and future treatmentsWelsh researchers are leading the way in the development of new ways of diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia (PDD), amid hopes that a new drug could be created to slow down the progression from PD to PDD. Learn more about how researchers at Swansea’s Institute of Life Sciences’ Joint Clinical Research Facility are studying the behaviour of a hormone called ghrelin and using this knowledge to target the gut-to-brain pathway in the hope of slowing down the progression of cognitive decline in PD patients.

Endometriosis research is “key to making progress for patients”

Research funded by Health and Care Research Wales aims to improve the quality of life for the one in 10 women in Wales living with endometriosis and reduce the wait for a diagnosis.  Rachel Joseph, a PhD student at Cardiff University, is investigating how to improve initial conversations between patients and GPs, to improve symptom identification and speed up diagnosis.

New guidance for easier payment of public research contributors

Learn more about the new guidance to help organisations, researchers and public involvement staff pay members of the public who are helping shape health and social care research across the UK and Ireland.The guide, developed by Health and Care Research Wales, the National Institute for Health and Care Research and the Health Research Authority aims to remove barriers and support organisations to easily pay contributors.

NCRI Consumer Forum Vacancies

The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI)  is currently seeking consumer members to represent the patient community on the NCRI Groups and their associated Working Groups / Study Groups.The NCRI is committed to working to advance cancer research with input from cancer patients and carers. If you have experienced cancer as a patient or carer and want to help shape the development of cancer research, you can apply to join a group on their website.

New study shows the potential of machine learning in the early identification of people with inflammatory arthritis

A study from the National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research, which is funded by Health and Care Research Wales, has revealed how machine learning can help with the early detection of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) inflammatory arthritis and revolutionise how people are detected and diagnosed by their GPs.Professor Kieran Walshe, Director of Health and Care Research Wales, said: “Though it is in its early stages, machine learning clearly has the potential to transform the way that researchers and clinicians approach the diagnostic journey, bringing about benefits to patients and their future health outcomes.”


View all training opportunities and book your place on the website. All bookings are subject to a non-attendance and cancellation policy.Principal Investigator Workshop: Beyond the basicsDate: 26 AprilTime: 10:00 – 15:30Location: Digital Health and Care Wales, 21 Cowbridge Road East, CardiffThis course focusses on the importance of Principal Investigator (PI) oversight in research studies. This is an interactive, small-group virtual workshop led by our experienced facilitators. We will cover the regulatory requirements for PI oversight, how to provide robust evidence of this process, and explore best practice examples and tools to support you in this role.


Trauma and emergency care research roadshow

Date: 18 MayTime: 10:00 – 15:00Location: Glyndwr Campus, Wrexham University 

Join Professor Ceri Battle, Health and Care Research Wales Specialty Lead for Trauma and Emergency Care, for a free day of learning, with topics including: 

  • How to get involved in research
  • The role of Health and Care Research Wales
  • Clinician experiences of being a principal investigator
  • Commercial research in Wales
  • Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine in Wales
  • The role of the Lead Research Allied Health Professionals
  • New trauma trials coming to Wales


NIHR (National Institute for Health and Care Research) funding opportunities

You can find all the links to the funding opportunities below on the website.Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme

  • 23/55 Advanced Fellowship: Building clinical trials experience

Public Health Research (PHR) Programme

  • NIHR Population Health Career Scientist Awards
  • 23/19 NIHR NICE rolling call
  • 23/20 NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships rolling call
  • 23/21 Continuing priority research topics of interest to the PHR Programme
  • 23/22 Public Health Research Programme researcher-led
  • 23/23 Health and health inequality impacts of place-based interventions
  • 23/61 PHIRST Local Authority Evaluation of Interventions EoI

Bone Metastases Proposal Guidance – Proposal Submission

The National Cancer Research Institute is welcoming investigators to submit their bone metastases research study ideas for the next Proposal Guidance meeting, taking place virtually on Thursday 22 June 2023.

The meeting offers investigators the opportunity to submit their study proposals for review by a bespoke panel of experts and receive detailed written feedback to assist them with the development of their study, prior to submission to the National Institute for Health and Care Research funding call.Deadline for proposal submission: 23:59 on 15 May


You can find the links to all Health and Care Research Wales and funded community job vacancies on this website.

Administrative Assistant – CADR

Contract type: Fixed-termHours: Full timeSalary: Band 6 – £35,333 – £42,155 per annumLocation: CardiffJob Reference: 16015BRClosing date: 9 AprilThe post holder will play an integral role in the day to day administration of the institute, providing a proactive, professional and confidential administrative service for the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR). 

Research and Innovation Officer – Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust

Contract type: 2-year fixed term or secondment basisHours: Full time / Flexible workingSalary: Band 7 – £42,284 to £48,388Location: North Wales / South Wales (Base Negotiable)Job Reference: 020-AHP013-0423Closing date: 16 AprilThe successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the development, delivery, coordination and conduct of current research and innovation within the trust. 

Deputy Research and Development Manager – Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Contract type: PermanentHours: Full timeSalary: Band 7 – £40,057 to £45,839Location: LlantrisantJob Reference: 110-AC113-0323Closing date: 19 AprilThe post holder will support the research and development (R&D) department in promoting, facilitating and fulfilling its R&D strategy and delivery plan, ensuring the delivery of high quality R&D activity across the health board.

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