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National award for RD&E Stroke Research team


RD&E Stroke Research team


RD&E Consultant Stroke Physician Dr Martin James said: “The Clinical Research Site of the Year award is a terrific endorsement of the skills of the RD&E Stroke Research Team in successfully and safely running a wide range of research studies in stroke at the hospital and in our linked community stroke units in Devon.


“The award is sponsored by the Department of Health and the Pharmaceutical industry and it highlights one of the great strengths of the Research Networks – building collaboration between researchers of all backgrounds to improve the treatment of stroke as quickly as possible. Research from studies performed by these networks is already improving the care and recovery of people with stroke, and contributing to the transformation of stroke services across the country since the launch of the National Stroke Strategy in 2007.”


The RD&E hosts the South West Stroke Research Network, managed by Jacqueline Briggs. The RD&E team has been involving stroke patients and their relatives in stroke research since 2007 with over 300 participants taking part in a variety of studies. Each year the number of studies run at the RD&E and community stroke units has grown, with 11 studies currently looking for more participants.


Research leads Leigh Barron and Nicola Wedge from the SW Stroke Research Network team based at the RD&E were winners of the Pharma Times Clinical Research Site of the Year 2010 award. This accolade is sponsored by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the National Institute for Health Research.


Seventeen research sites entered the competition which is in three challenges stages. Their knowledge and skills were tested with an online questionnaire with an 80% pass mark, a written clinical research challenge which requires the site team to submit a 1000 word report and the final test involved a presentation to a panel of specialist judges.


Pictured is: RD&E Consultant Stroke Physician Dr Martin James, Jacqueline Briggs, Leigh Barron and Nicola Wedge

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