New insights into clinical implications of cardiovascular ageing

Wednesday 15th March, Clifford Allbutt Lecture Theatre, 17:00

We welcome guest lecturer Prof. Rose Anne Kenny, who is Professor of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She will be giving a talk as part of our Distinguised Visitors Lecture series. Prof. Kenny is the founding Principal Investigator of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing and the Director of Trinity EngAGE – the Centre for Research in Ageing at TCD. Prof Kenny will be at the CRUK Cambridge Institute Lecture Theatre to discuss cardiovascular aging. All are welcome to this event, but please register to reserve a place.

‘Managing demand and maintaining quality in emergency medicine: a view from the US on clinically efficacious flow’

Tuesday 28 February, Clifford Allbutt Lecture Theatre, 17:00-18:00

We welcome guest lecturer Dr Carol Barsky, Vice President and Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer of Hackensack University Health Network, New Jersey will be holding a talk at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to talk about her experiences of improving health systems. Dr Barsky joined Havensack University Health Network in 2015, and was last year named as one of 50 US experts leading patient safety. Dr Barsky trained in emergency medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and earned an MBA from Yale School of Management. Dr. Barsky has also been the Vice Chair and Medical Director at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York. There, she coordinated the hospital's response to 9/11. She also redesigned the hospital's emergency department, overseeing the installation of New York City’s first completely electronic medical record. Her talk will focus on her experiences of improving health systems. All are welcome to this free event but please register to book your seat


Better diagnosis to better care

Thursday 30th March 2017, CRUK Cambridge Institute, 17:00-20.30
Hosted by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trust, this free event is open to everyone. Explore the journey from idea to research project; hear from world leaders on mental health and dementia and learn how CPFT research is contributing to new interventions and services. During the event there will be short talks from speakers covering topics on dementia, depression, adolescent mental health, and frailty. There will also be an ‘Images of Research’ exhibition and a networking session during which you can meet researchers, people with lived experience of mental health issues or dementia and health professionals. Refreshments will be provided free of charge. See the poster and full list of speakers here or book your place here

Improving Diagnosis in the Era of Electronic Health Records by Hardeep SinghMD MPH
Tuesday 21 February 2017, 13:00-14:00, Thomas and Dorothy Strangeways Room, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Wort’s Causeway, Cambridge, CB1 8RN

The 2015 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care” highlights the problem of missed and delayed diagnoses and the need to ensure that health information technologies support patients and health care professionals in the diagnostic process. However, most health care systems around the world are far from achieving that goal at present.  Dr Singh, who testified to the IOM panel and has worked on several national reports and initiatives related to diagnostic safety and health IT, will present a brief snapshot of research on understanding and improving diagnosis in electronic health record-enabled healthcare settings. This is a free event, all are welcome to attend. 

Are you a Patient Facing Research Practitioner who is passionate about the role?

If so, you could attend a national NIHR event being held in London on 28 March 2017 where you will be able to help shape the future identity and career pathways of research practitioners. CRN Eastern has the opportunity to send up to four Practitioners to this event. Take a look at the flyer for more information and if you are interested in attending please contact our Workforce Development Lead, Esther Thomas via

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Surgeries for researchers

The Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, in collaboration with the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England, are running on-site drop-in sessions on Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), which is now expected to be integrated into all NIHR funded research. These surgeries will be for support and advice on PPI at all stages of a research proposal, from an idea, to a final grant application and then throughout your project. 

During these sessions, our representatives will be able to explain the basics of PPI, offer advice on incorporating PPI into your work, signpost valuable resources and help improve the quality of your research by adding a vital public element. 20 minute sessions will be run on-site at CUH at bi-monthly intervals with slots allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available to all staff working across the CUH campus. Please contact Anna Ellis to find out the future dates.


NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative – Funding call now open, Seedcorn Funding Competition 2016/17 - Funding call round 2 now open

The NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative is pleased to announce its second national competition. The seed funding call (up to £10,000) is for the early development of novel technology-based solutions applicable to the brain injury pathway, from prevention of injury all the way through to technologies for independent living. Applications are invited from academic institutions, NHS Trusts, third sector organisations and SME’s.
The HTC welcomes applications that:
•      Promote collaboration and have a near-term clinical impact
•      Show potential to secure substantial further funding after proof of principle has been established
•      Focus on commercialisation or routes to market
Expressions of interest should be registered by contacting Talissa Gasser, HTC Programme Co-ordinator or 01223 336944. Please include the following detail: 
•      Full Name
•      Role
•      Organisation
•      Title & Field of Study 
•      Questions/Queries 
Registration will be logged and a briefing pack will be sent electronically. To find out more about the role of NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operatives please see click hereThe deadline to submit your application is Monday 13th March 2017

Academic Women's Forum

The forum has been set up to provide information and help to both senior and junior academic clinicians. Events will be held throughout the year and mentors for junior staff have been identified in various specialities. The forum is led by Professor Sadaf Farooqi, and supported by the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. Please check their website for further details -

The School of Clinical Medicine was recently awarded an Athena SWAN silver award in recognition of the training, support and progress made across the school to increase gender diversity and improve career progression for all, both women and men. There is much hard work ahead and it is key that the school maintain this award and build on this success. Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies has made it clear that only institutions with the silver award would be eligible in future for NIHR funding.