In October 2008 the National Research Ethics Service
(NRES) first published research summaries on the NRES website. The
purpose of publishing research summaries is to promote transparency in
research, to encourage registration and publication and to provide a
simple website publication of research approved by NRES in the UK. It
is designed to support the improvement of patients' access to research
as detailed in the NHS Constitution.
The publication of this searchable record of approved
applications is just one part of the NRES wider agenda to meet policy
and publication requirements, and to promote transparent and ethical
research and review. It also marks a large amount of work and
collaboration between applicants from all areas of research in the UK in
delivering this important first step.
From 2010, NRES also records the ethical opinion from the Research Ethics Committee.
About the summaries
The summaries are deliberately brief to maximise
access and understanding. If you would like further information on the
studies recorded on the website, please contact the person named on the
study, not NRES.
The information contained within the research
summaries is extracted from the application form. NRES provides
guidance and comments on the content and may suggest amendments and
improvements, but the final published version is provided and agreed by
the Chief Investigator/Sponsor organisation. NRES has not amended the
summaries in any way prior to publication.
We welcome your comments and
suggestions on the way that the research summaries are presented. Please fill in our feedback form.