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Pint of Science Festival 2021

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Our methodologists Kile Green and Tim Hicks invited people from around the world to take “A glimpse into the future” of medical testing as part of Pint of Science…

One year on: Supporting the response to COVID-19

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We have rallied, alongside our collaborators, to help the worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below we highlight some of our key activities over the last 12 months as we…

Celebrating International Clinical Trial’s Day in the North East and North Cumbria

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Thursday 20th May marks International Clinical Trial’s Day. The day celebrates the anniversary of the first clinical trial by James Lind in 1747 into the causes of scurvy on…

Meet the MIC methodologist: Tim Hicks

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Tim joined the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC) in April 2020. He divides his time between working with ourselves and Northern Medical Physics and Clinical…

Exploring COVID-19 testing in English care homes

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Led by the NIHR London In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative, we have analysed the views of care home staff and identified opportunities for refining COVID-19 testing in care homes.

In the…

Why is it important to assess new COVID-19 tests?

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We wrote a recent opinion article with members of the CONDOR team to answer this question and share the progress we have made so far as part of this…

Examining the unmet clinical needs for COVID-19 testing

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Working with collaborators across the CONDOR partnership we have analysed the views of health and social care professionals and policy makers on COVID-19 tests.

There has been a concerted effort…

Informing the optimal sampling strategies for COVID-19 testing

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Samples for COVID-19 testing by RT-PCR should be taken as soon as symptoms start and from different sites of the body to have the best chance of correct diagnosis.

Accurate…

Evidence reviews to support frontline medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

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We have written seven rapid evidence reviews to assist healthcare professionals with their decision-making.

At the start of the UK response to the pandemic, there were many uncertainties regarding how…

Helping to prioritise rapid COVID-19 testing within UK hospitals

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Working with our CONDOR partners we have analysed clinical opinion to pinpoint where rapid COVID-19 testing could have the greatest impact in UK hospitals.

With coronavirus cases in the UK…

Research coffee morning: COVID-19 testing

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The NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative engaged with people across the country during a Newcastle University Faculty of Medical Sciences online public event.

An audience of over 60 met…

Analysing the accuracy of a near bedside test for COVID-19

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We have been working with our CONDOR partners to examine the performance of the FebriDx test for COVID-19 in hospital emergency departments.

Over the last few months many tests have…