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Thursday 5th July was a big day for the NHS and everyone working in hospital trusts, and also for the NIHR and our I Am Research campaign.

message From the NIHR on NHS70 and I am research campaign

Media coverage for NIHR

  • The Guardian reported on why NHS clinical trials are the envy of the world thanks to the NIHR’s integrated health research system, with interviews with NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Faculty trial participant Cathy Perkins and Matt Cooper, business development and marketing director at the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
  • i newspaper highlighted ten health innovations that could soon be on the NHS, which included the iKnife from NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre.
  • ITV News at 10 ran a piece on the use of data in research, featuring NIHR funded research at the Royal Marsden on machine learning to speed up diagnosis of multiple myeloma and NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre, where director Prof Sir Peng Tee Khaw talked about how data-led research will improve future treatment.
  • BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health programme featured a piece on the NIHR and NHS research. The programme interviewed Prof Nick Lemoine, medical director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, Prof Jean Golding, epidemiologist on the Children of the 90s study and one of our seven research legends, and Prof Matt Costa, an NIHR-funded researcher at the University of Oxford.

I Am Research features

We’ve published the last of our 70 research discoveries that shaped the NHS - the artificial pancreas, supported by NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. We’ve also now revealed the last of our seven research legends on the NIHR blog. 

We've got a few more blog posts coming up in July, including one at the end of the month from the NIHR Innovation Observatory on the next 70 years of research. 

Share a thank you to research staff

For the final activity of our I Am Research campaign, we would like to ask for your help in recognising and celebrating the contribution of research delivery staff in the NHS and the positive impact of research on patients.

Our aim is to both thank health and care staff who have delivered and supported research and increase awareness among the public of the NHS's involvement in research and to inspire them to support and participate. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of research in your part of the NIHR. 

We are inviting researchers and their teams to photograph themselves with our #MyResearchHero social media board, thanking NHS colleagues who they are grateful to for contributing to research. For example, the social media board could include a message such as: 

“Thank you to Sam Smith, one of the physiotherapists who has made the XXXXX trial possible.”  

We’d then like to encourage you to share your photographs on social media using the campaign hashtags #MyResearchHero and #NHS70 to maximise the reach of the photos.  

Please help us to ensure research is as much part of next 70 years for the NHS’s as it is the past, by posting photos and encouraging colleagues to also participate in the campaign.

If you have any questions, please get in touch on