Clinical Research Networks in Scotland

195_CSOAs part of the UK Clinical Research Network, the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (CSO) has established five topic-specific clinical research networks in Scotland to complement the Primary Care and Cancer Networks which already existed. These networks provide the infrastructure to support a range of high quality studies across many areas of disease and clinical need in Scotland.

The CSO has encouraged NHS Scotland and the clinical academic research community to plan the expansion of its clinical research activity in a collaborative way and to also work with partner networks across the UK. The Scottish clinical research networks are:

  • Scottish Cancer Research Network: Established in late 2003, this network has more than doubled patient recruitment to Scottish clinical research studies in cancer.
  • Scottish Dementia Network (SDN): This network aims to improve care of patients with dementia through the provision of high quality, evidence-based clinical research.
  • Scottish Diabetes Research Network (SDRN): The aim of this network is to raise the quantity and quality of diabetes research in Scotland.
  • Scottish Medicines for Children Network (SMCN): The aim of this network is to improve the evidence base by facilitating appropriate research and helping to expand the number of licensed products and formulations for children.
  • Scottish Stroke Research Network (SSRN): The SSRN has a Glasgow-based coordinating centre, operates across Scotland and is closely linked with the Stroke Research Network in England.
  • Scottish Mental Health Research Network (SMHRN): The goal of this network is to facilitate the conduct of multi-centre randomised controlled trials in mental health in Scotland and across the UK by collaborating with the networks in England and Wales.
  • Scottish Primary Care Research Network (SPCRN): This network was formerly known as the Scottish Practices and Professionals Interested in Research (SPPiRE). Its key aim is to facilitate national research activity in primary care, undertaking projects with other Scottish networks and colleagues in England.

Generic support has also been allocated to NHS Scotland to allow participation in research in areas outside these specific topics.