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National Research Networks and their relation to STI and HIV research
  1. G C Morris,
  2. C J N Lacey
  1. Centre for Immunology and Infection, Hull York Medical School, University of York, York, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor C J N Lacey, Department of GU Medicine, University of York, Hull York Medical School, 31, Monkgate, York YO31 7WA, UK; charles.lacey{at}

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Background: the establishment of Research Networks

The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) was established in 2004 to facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries into treatments that could benefit patients.1 2 In February 2005 it launched the UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN).

The aims of the UKCRN are:

  • to develop UK-wide infrastructure embedded within the NHS to support high quality research across all areas of health and clinical need funded by both commercial and non-commercial funders;

  • to ensure that patients and healthcare professionals from all parts of the country are able to participate in and benefit from clinical research;

  • to integrate health research and patient care

  • to improve the quality, speed and coordination of clinical research by removing the barriers to research in the NHS

  • to strengthen research collaboration with industry and ensure that the NHS can meet the health research needs of industry.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) was subsequently created in 2006 as part of the new NHS research strategy.3 In England, the NIHR and UKCRN provide central coordination for …

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