Monday 22 July 2019

BioResource Centre leads the way for electronic consent

As of July 2019, the NIHR BioResource Centre Newcastle will be the first project sponsored by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals to begin using electronic consent (e-Consent) to sign up volunteers. e-Consent is a platform for consenting volunteers using a computer-based consent form rather than traditional paper consent.

The BioResource Centre Newcastle collects and stores participant information on a secure system called REDCap. This system, managed by the Information team in Newcastle’s Joint Research Office, will allow volunteers to read and sign consent forms on a computer, mobile phone, or tablet. By piloting electronic consent the BioResource will be supporting Newcastle Hospitals in their goal of becoming ‘Paperlite’ as well as making the process quicker and easier for volunteers.

Making it easier for researchers to find volunteers for clinical trials

The NIHR BioResource is a collaboration between 13 different centres across England which are building a panel of research-ready volunteers. The aim is to make recruitment to clinical research and trials of new drugs or treatments more efficient. Improved access to research volunteers will ensure that research can be completed quickly and effectively, making it easier to bring new treatments to market. The BioResource Centre at Newcastle is funded through our Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre. It was set up in 2014 as part of the national initiative and allows people from across the North East to participate in research into how an individual’s genes and lifestyle influence disease.

Contributing to Newcastle’s world-class environment for research into how we can live better, for longer

The NIHR BioResource Centre Newcastle and the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre are key contributors to the world-class environment supporting research into ageing and health in Newcastle, which is delivering benefits to patients and the public resident in the North East, as well as impacting nationally and globally. Newcastle already has an international reputation in the field of ageing and long-term conditions and has created a well-established community of experts and practitioners, tackling some of the biggest challenges an ageing population poses to society. Initiatives like the BRC further this, by bringing together scientists, healthcare professionals and industry to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of long-term conditions and ageing syndromes and to deliver new ways to improve the quality of life for older people.

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