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Durham University

Centre for Integrated Health Care Research


The Centre for Integrated Health Care Research provides an academic interface for health care professionals. Our work is based on clinical research, particularly around the management of patients across the primary/secondary care interface. The Centre provides research training and mentoring and is funded to facilitate academic development to primary care professionals, particularly from the Durham locality. We work closely with NHS research bodies, and we have partnerships with Acute Trusts and Primary Care Trusts. Much of the centre's research is in clinical problems such as gastroenterology, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This research recognises wealth and deprivation as determinants of health and much of our work is based on early detection of disease, effective evidence based management and interventions which can be applied internationally. We collaborate with NHS partners and other academic departments, as active members of the Wolfson Research Institute, which facilitates interdisciplinary research.

CIHCR includes the Research Design Service (RDS), Durham Clinical Trials Unit (DCTU), The Evaluation Research and Development Unit (ERDU, led by Prof Greg Rubin), The Obesity Related Behaviours Research Group (ORB, led by Prof Carolyn Summerbell) and The Mental Health Research Group (led by Prof Joe Reilly).

Within CIHCR, the RDS team offer advice and methodological support for research groups seeking national funding in applied health research. We encourage colleagues to look at our website and to contact us to discuss their ideas by contacting Rachel Pears on (0191) 3440826 or by email DCTU leads the design, management, coordination, monitoring, data management and analysis of high quality clinical trials, collaborating with clinical teams in a number of NHS organisations in the North of England. If you are interested in working with DCTU, we invite you to visit our website or contact us by email or telephoning (0191) 3340345.

For further details about CIHCR contact Alexandra Motley.

James Mason