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The December editorial of the journal Health Research Policy and Systems features an article demonstrating the NIHR’s contribution to a health research system in the UK over the last 10 years.

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Through its innovation and a focus on meeting patients' needs, Stephen Hanney and Miguel González-Block describe the NIHR as demonstrating progress against ‘most, if not all’ of the functions identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to improve the health of populations. Read the article.

Supporting their account of NIHR’s achievements, the authors cite two independent reports: one examining NIHR’s role in increasing value and reducing waste in biomedical research, and the other celebrating 100 examples of NIHR’s positive effects and impacts (plus an accompanying blog) commissioned for NIHR’s tenth anniversary in 2016.

The editorial forms part of a special series informing the establishment of the WHO Global Observatory on Health Research and Development, an initiative aiming to strengthen nations’ capacities and capabilities in supporting public health research.