News & Events from 2021

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals shortlisted for award for pioneering role in Oxford vaccine development

Clinical research teams at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted for a British Medical Journal (BMJ) award for their leading role in the research behind the development of the Oxford Vaccine.

The team have been put forward for the prestigious award as part of collective group of all of the study sites in the UK which were involved in the development of the vaccine. The nomination is for the clinical leadership category, which recognises a team that exemplifies the qualities of clinical leadership, requiring ideas and enthusiasm and often by doing things differently. 

You can read more about this on the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals news page.

(October 2021)

Innovative therapy device delivering electrical pulses could help stroke survivors regain arm function

A new lightweight wearable device delivering tiny electrical pulses to the arm to help stroke survivors overcome abnormal stiffness in the arm, a major barrier to their recovery, is to be developed by researchers from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust having been awarded  £1.2M to develop and test this new wearable device in a ground breaking trial. 

You can read more about this on the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals news page.

(August 2021)

Photo impression of the wearable device

Longer interval between the first and second Pfizer vaccine boosts antibody levels and ‘helper’ T cells

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A new study supported by the NIHR Sheffield CRF, which published today (23 July) as a pre-print on ‘Cell Press Sneak Peak’, by the Universities of Sheffield, Oxford, Liverpool, Newcastle, and Birmingham, with support from the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium, shows both short and long dosing schedules of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine generate strong antibody and T cell immune responses.

Please read more on the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals news page.

(July 2021)

Survey of Covid-19 vaccine research participants shapes future vaccine studies 

Your feedback is important

Every year, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) asks thousands of people who took part in research to feedback on their experience so improvements can be made. You can read how we in the CRF acted on feedback from COVID19 vaccine participants to inform future trials as part of a case study on the NIHR website.

(June 2021)

#Red4Research Day 2021

The Research and Development community in collaboration with the health and care sectors and voluntary organisations has achieved a phenomenal amount during the last 15 months. #Red4Research began in 2020 and aims to get as many people as possible wearing red to demonstrate their support and appreciation for all those participating in, undertaking and supporting COVID-19 research.

You can find more details about how to get involved on the NHS Research and Development Forum website.

(June 2021)

International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) 2021

Never before have we seen the impact of clinical research in such a short space of time, with researchers and scientists making medical breakthroughs in record time to develop and test treatments and vaccines for a virus no-one had heard of 16 months ago.


And it’s not just the pace of research that’s changed, clinical research staff have adapted to new ways of working, going above and beyond to deliver urgent public health research. At the same time, they have been taking all precautions possible to limit the spread of COVID-19 and investigating how to increase diversity among clinical trial participants.


Led by an expert panel of clinicians and researchers from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the University of Sheffield, this live online panel discussion will look at the progress made in finding treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the remarkable strides that have been made in how health researchers have adapted to the challenges presented by the pandemic, and how this might affect health research going forward.

(May 2021)

International Nurses Day 2021 - Research Nurse Role

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As part of International Nurses Day 2021 Sheffield Teaching Hospitals highlighted the work of our nursing team and other research nurses across the Trust. Our research nurses played a key part in our response to COVID-19

Over the last year the NIHR Sheffield Clinical Research Facility nursing team and a number of research nurses, who are usually based within different areas of the Trust, have combined to form one team to support delivering high priority national and local clinical research trials to inform the development of treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. 

Please read more on Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Facebook page.

(May 2021)

World Admin Day 2021

On Wednesday 21 April 2021 we celebrate World Administration Professionals Day and give an enormous thank you to our fantastic administration team here in the NIHR Sheffield CRF.

All the team work so hard and we could not have achieved the successes we have without them in what has been an incredible year!

(April 2021)

2020: A Year to Remember at NIHR Sheffield CRF

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt across the NHS and research infrastructure like nothing else in the lifetime of Clinical Research Facilities (CRF).

Whilst we can see and appreciate the struggles and challenges the last 12 months has brought, now is surely the time to celebrate the achievements and triumphs of the research infrastructure. We look forwards to a time when we can reflect on how adaptations that we have made could be for the better.

The NIHR Sheffield CRF would like to take an opportunity to share some of the adaptations we have made in a time when there has never been more awareness of clinical research thanks to advancements that we have contributed to with unprecedented speed.

Please read more in our blog on the for the UKCRF Network website.

(March 2021)

Researchers from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals help to save up to 1 million lives worldwide by pioneering highly effective COVID-19 therapy

Researchers from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have played a leading role in helping to pioneer a highly effective COVID-19 therapy that has saved 22,000 lives in the UK and an estimated one million worldwide.

The number of people who have successfully been treated as part of the RECOVERY trial, which found that Dexamethasone, an inexpensive and widely available steroid, cut the risk of death by a third for COVID-19 patients on ventilators and for those on oxygen it cut deaths by almost a fifth (published on 23 March 2021).

Please read more on the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals news page.

(March 2021)

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Our COVID-19 Research at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

infographic highlighting COVID 19 Research at STH