Cambridge Festival 2021

NIHR organisations across the Cambridge Biomedical Campus were proud to take part in the Cambridge Festival 2021.

Click on the links below to find out just what we and our NIHR partners got up to!

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the UK’s largest funder of health and care research. Its mission – to improve the health and the wealth of the nation through research – is shared across all its constituent programmes, units and centres.

Tackling COVID TACTICally!

That’s the title of the online talk with live Q&A that NIHR Cambridge BRC hosted on 1 April.

Dr Frances Hall

Consultant Rheumatologist and researcher Dr Frances Hall was joined live by Professors Ian Wilkinson and John Bradley to discuss the TACTIC-R trial, which is testing if two drugs currently prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis and rare blood disorders can also help Covid patients.

The video from the event is now live on the NIHR Cambridge BRC YouTube channel. Click to download a transcript.

TACTICs for fighting COVID

Don’t forget to tell the children in your family about our animation starring cartoon characters Baz and Rav, also on YouTube!

This follows Baz and Rav as they take part in the TACTIC-R trial to make patients better. There’s also an activity sheet to go with the cartoon – you can download it here. A transcript of the animation is also available: download it here.

Other NIHR events during the Cambridge Festival

The following NIHR organisations also hosted events during the Festival; click on each of their names to visit their respective Festival events / websites.

NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility

NIHR Blood & Transplant Research Unit in Organ Donation and Transplantation

NIHR Blood & Transplant Research Unit in Donor Health and Genomics

NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative

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