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The Clinical Research Podcast

The podcast about research

Our podcast series gets to the heart of clinical research through the views of world-leading researchers, scientists and academics involved in answering the big questions about our health.

From experimental medicine through to understanding common illnesses like asthma and arthritis, we discuss the latest research, what it means for our health and what scientific discoveries are next. We also take you behind the scenes of clinical research to meet some of the people - and heroes - who make research happen.

Research Heroes

Below we feature episodes with some of our COVID-19 Research Heroes, nominated by colleagues and patients for their work in finding new treatments and vaccines during 2020.

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Episode 17 - John Sweeney

John Sweeney is a cleaner working at Nottingham City Hospital who was nominated for an award by the Respiratory Research Team for his part in supporting them on a number of COVID-19 research studies in 2020. 

But in turns out that not only is John a genuine NHS hero, he also has a pretty inspirational story about how he came to be working at the Hospital at all. He tells his remarkable life story to Matt Hurst from Research & Innovation. 

This episode is a tribute to the countless unsung heroes who together combine to make clinical research possible. It is also a tribute to everyone who "lives for the day". Thank you to John.

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Episode 16 - Irfan Aslam

Our research hero this time is one of the people who helps set up studies in Nottingham, research facilitator Irfan Aslam.  

Later in the pandemic, he took on co-ordinating the Virus Watch study in Nottingham, which gave one of the early hints of just how important asymptomatic infection was going to be. As he told Andrew Bennett - at the beginning, his job switched from working on a range of studies to focussing on just one thing - COVID-19.

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Episode 9 - Georgia Melia

Last year, research practitioner Georgia Melia had to learn new skills on her feet as she was moved to the lab from patient wards, as part of our work on Covid-19 research. Andrew Bennett spoke to her about big change in her working life.

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Episode 8 - Lindsay Crate

Lindsay Crate is a nurse by background, but now her role is about making sure that studies run smoothly - that there are enough staff, they're properly trained, they understand research protocols, and that we're recruiting enough patients. Amongst other things. She's a clinical research manager.

Normally, planning is the key to all this - but when Covid-19 hit, planning joined the long list of things that became a luxury, and everything changed.

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Episode 7 - Kebba Konteh

Known as 'The Blood God' for his unerring ability to get a sample from even the most elusive of veins, clinical research practitioner Kebba Konteh puts his skill down to his own fear of needles - he knows how to put patients at ease. Now on the Core COVID-19 Research Team at the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, he's worked at NUH for nearly 20 years. 

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Episode 6 - Kate Frost

It's a given - now - that good study design means a process of involving patients at every step, from the big questions like 'what shall we investigate', to the how and where and when to the important details like the exact words in patient information leaflets and how people are welcomed when they arrive.

And there's a process to the process - or at least there was till Covid hit, and raised some big questions about how we involved patients in research during a pandemic. And the person to answer those questions in Nottingham was our latest Research Hero, Kate Frost, who's Head of Patient and Public Involvement at Nottingham's NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Clinical Research Facility.

This episode was published for International Clinical Trials Day #internationalclinicaltrialsday.

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