Tracy Higgins, manager of the Royal Brompton Respiratory National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) has been invited to be the inaugural chair of a working group that will bring together the 31 managers from the other NIHR BRUs and biomedical research centres (BRCs) across England.
The working group will facilitate the co-ordination of NIHR’s investment in the BRCs and BRUs through shared best practice and new initiatives. It will also serve as a key communication conduit for NIHR related infrastructures nationwide to deliver effective benefits for patients in a timely manner. In addition the group will provide informal review of the National Office of Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) Infrastructure Strategy and work streams, and advise on how the delivery might be enhanced.
Professor Eric Alton, director of the Royal Brompton respiratory BRU said: “This is appropriate recognition for the work Tracy has led both locally and nationally to maximise the impact of NIHR funded infrastructure as part of the growing NHS research landscape. This will be an excellent opportunity to streamline BRC/BRU operations and to share and deliver best research practice.”