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Monday 26 July 2021
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Improving health in the spotlight at research week

 

Salford’s first ever Research Week will take place in September.

 

It will celebrate how clinical trials and research help to find cures for diseases and improve treatments and healthcare for patients.

 

There will also be a chance to look into ‘tomorrow’s world’ with a showcase of some of the new ways of working and technologies that could be used in future research.

 

The week, from 6-12 September, has been organised by Salford Research and Development, an integrated service overseeing research and development on behalf of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group.

 

More than 500 active studies take place each year within the NHS in Salford, with internationally renowned research in areas such as diabetes, stroke and skin health.

 

Research Week is not just for medical and science staff though – patients and members of the public will be able to meet some of the teams carrying out groundbreaking research and to offer their own views on how the NHS should approach issues such as increasing 24/7 care.

 

Salford’s pioneering Citizen Scientist team will kick off the week at Eccles Festival on 6 September – this project has been set up to provide people in the city with information about research that could be relevant to them. It links healthy volunteers as well as patients with studies that are going on.

 

A marquee near the main entrance at Salford Royal from Monday 8 September to Thursday 11 September will also offer the chance to find out more about research – the renal, dermatology and adult metabolic disease teams will be explaining more about their work on the Tuesday and dementia research experts will be on hand on Wednesday.

 

Visitors will be able to vote for their favourites in a research photo competition and to take a quiz trail around a timeline of health history in Salford.

 

If you’re interested in working in research, come along to a careers drop-in on Wednesday 10 September, where there will be information on a wide range of roles.

  

Salford Royal’s Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Nurse Director Elaine Inglesby-Burke said: “Research is really important to the NHS – it has helped millions of people live longer, healthier lives. Research Week’s exciting and wide-ranging programme will showcase some of the world class research being conducted in Salford and I hope people will come along and find out more.”

 

Director of Salford R+D Professor Bill Ollier said: "Our ambition is to make Salford one of the healthiest places to live and one of the safest and best places to receive medical care. Research and innovation is crucial in this and we are thrilled to be opening our doors so the community can find out more."

 

The full programme of events is available at www.nhssalfordrd.org.uk/researchweek