Clinical trials on rise at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Professor Paul Dimitri
Professor Paul Dimitri
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Medical research is on the rise at Sheffield Children’s Hospital - with the number of patients taking part in trials increasing by over a third in a year.

In 2013-14, almost 1,500 people took part in studies at the hospital - a rise of 37 per cent on the previous year - while 137 different trials were carried out in total, 15 per cent more than in 2012-13.

Clinical trials carried out at the children’s hospital over the past 12 months have looked at a host of conditions, including cancer, mental health problems, bone disease and dementia.

Other studies have concentrated on children’s medicines, genetics, respiratory diseases and diabetes.

Prof Paul Dimitri, director of research and innovation at the trust, said: “We are delighted to see growth in research and innovation at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, because we know in the long term the work we do will benefit our patients - and patients around the world.”

He added: “More than 100 of our staff were involved in delivering studies over the last year, so research is becoming increasingly connected to the way we work day-to-day.

“We intend to continue this progress, carrying out high quality research covering an increasing range of health matters.”

Some medical studies are carried out in partnership with other organisations, with many developed and funded through the National Institute for Health Research.

The children’s hospital works closely with the city’s universities and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, and receives support from the Children’s Hospital Charity.