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The BMJ reports today that our participation in global clinical research trials in the UK are still falling – from 6% in 2002 to 2% 2009. Not only this but applicants are falling too:

Clinical trials are an indicator of the health of the nation’s research, but they are not the only aspect of clinical research that has been affected. The National Research Ethics Service (NRES) confirms that the number of research applications fell from 9670 to 6321 between 2004 and 2010. So, clinical research into devices and techniques and any projects involving human subjects have also decreased.

The bottom line is that to transform the situation requires reducing local barriers to research by removing the ability of trusts to create their own local rules in addition to national systems. This must be a priority for both Andrew Lansley and David Willetts to act on.

About Julia Manning

Julia is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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