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31 August 2016
Impact is the name of the game: for researchers who want to show funders that their work will make a difference; for charities who want to show that their funding is furthering their charitable cause. But with so many domains in which research can have impact (society, economy, healthcare, technology...) and so many different forms that impact can take (engaging with the public, developing a new treatment, creating evidence for a policy change...) which ones are the more important? A new study from researchers at the Policy Institute at Kings, Cardiff University and RAND Europe has used a best-worst scale system to see which impacts are rated highly by the public and researchers.
25 August 2016
Sarah Gilbert is a Politics undergraduate from the University of Warwick who has been working at the AMRC as a Policy and Public Affairs Intern for the past 10 weeks. Here, she provides us with some of her experiences and views about her time at the AMRC.
25 August 2016
JDRF recently announced an exciting new research partnership with Cambridge-based biotechnology company Arecor. In this blog post, Rachel Connor, Director of Research Partnerships at JDRF UK explains why JDRF and Arecor are working together, and how working with industry fits into JDRF's work to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.
24 August 2016
NOCRI is looking to support collaborations between charities and NIHR, like their Cancer and Nutrition Charity workshop. Lucy Allen, Head of Research Infrastructure at NOCRI, tells us more…
4 August 2016
On the 12 July 2016 the APPG on Medical Research held a parliamentary drop-in, entitled ‘Can patient data revolutionise healthcare?’, to bring parliamentarians together to inform parliamentarians about the use of patient data in medical research.
3 August 2016
Last week, Lord Stern published his review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system used by government to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The review examines both the REF and previous research assessment processes and makes a number of recommendations. The main audience for this review are sitting in academic ivory towers, and there have been plenty of excellent summaries written from the researcher perspective. But I think it is vital that everyone interested in research and its outcomes takes the time to understand what the review says, and what it will mean for them and their organisation. So - here's a non-academic's view of the main points.
21 July 2016
AMRC has set up a working group to help members looking at new ways of funding research. We call this “Passion Capital”.
19 July 2016
A US charity is partnering with a public company in a direct equity example of Passion Capital. 
6 July 2016
Today the National Data Guardian for Health and Care, Dame Fiona Caldicott published her long-awaited “Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs”.  The review includes recommendations for developing a new consent (opt-out) approach for the sharing of health information and on data security standards in NHS and care organisations.
21 June 2016
Today sees the launch of a new communication tool that aims to help people to make sense of published survival data about children’s heart surgery in the UK and Ireland. The website, Understanding Children’s Heart Surgery Outcomes, was co-designed by researchers, the charity Sense about Science, other medical charities and members of the public and patients’ families.  In this blog, Joanne Thomas and Emily Jesper at Sense about Science discuss the tool, the collaborative approach taken in its development and how AMRC members can work with Sense about Science on future projects concerning complicated risk and health issues.