Edge training

You need to receive Edge training if:

  • You work on NIHR Portfolio studies
  • You are or will be responsible for uploading recruitment for CUH into Edge

The following dates are available:

12 June 9:30 – 11:30

10 July 9:30 – 11:30

If you need further information, please email CUHedge@addenbrookes.nhs.uk to find out more.

Edge seminar updates

The seminars are informal, you can register your interest or simply turn up on the day. Sessions last no more than an hour and will include:

  • Short introduction to the changes
  • Video Presentation
  • Key FACTS: What you need to know
  • Q&A Session
  • Details of how to book further Edge Training

All research staff must attend one of the drop-in sessions below, if they haven’t already done so.

Sessions will run on the hour every hour starting from 10am.

3 June – Clifford Allbutt Lecture Theatre

  • 10-11am
  • 11-12pm
  • 1-2pm
  • 2-3pm
  • 3-4pm

18 June – Lecture Theatre 2, Clinical School

  • 10-11am
  • 11-12pm
  • 1-2pm
  • 2-3pm
  • 3-4pm

25 June – Lecture Theatre 2, Clinical School

  • 10-11am
  • 11-12pm
  • 1-2pm
  • 2-3pm
  • 3-4pm

8 July – Clifford Allbutt Lecture Theatre

  • 10-11am
  • 11-12pm
  • 1-2pm
  • 2-3pm
  • 3-4pm

23 July – Lecture Theatre 2, Clinical School

  • 10-11am
  • 11-12pm
  • 1-2pm
  • 2-3pm
  • 3-4pm

These sessions will apply to all research staff.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more please contact the email below. If you can’t make any of the above dates, please email the team as more sessions will be held in the coming months.

Edge Learning Resources

  • What is research activity data? (5:58 mins)

  • Watch the short video below to find out about changes to the way the CRN captures research activity data through LPMS/CPMS (4:08 mins)

Useful links and additional information

When do I need to acknowledge NIHR Cambridge BRC?

Research outputs can include publications, press releases, newsletter articles, websites, presentations, posters and participant materials.

Acknowledgement of BRC funding is an important contractual requirement and a condition of your funding. We maintain regular reports on publication acknowledgements and this information may be used to guide future funding decisions.

Furthermore, acknowledgements are used as a metric by the Department of Health & Social Care to justify future budgets and therefore help ensure continued funding to support clinical research projects and infrastructure.

The NIHR Cambridge BRC not only directly funds projects and staff: we also support essential clinical research infrastructure at Cambridge University Hospitals, including technology platforms, key NHS support services, research nurses, administrators, clinical trials infrastructure and governance support.

Therefore, if your research is translational or clinical in any way, it is supported – either directly or indirectly – by the NIHR and you MUST acknowledge this is all your peer-reviewed publications, press releases and promotional materials.

Acknowledgement statement and disclaimer

***IMPORTANT: You must send a copy of the paper/article/output to BRCcomms@addenbrookes.nhs.uk 14 days before it is due to be published so it can be recorded and sent to NIHR for review.***

If you are publishing research findings:

When submitting a paper, article or report for publication you must include:

  • The relationship statement:
    • The NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), AND:
  • The relevant funding acknowledgement:
    • This research was funded by the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)
    • This research was co-funded by [insert name of co-funder] and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)
    • This paper presents independent research funded [and/or] supported by the NIHR Cambridge BRC, OR:
    • [Insert name of author(s)] is / are supported by the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)
      • Please note this will apply to you if:
        • You are a PhD student supervised by a BRC Theme / Programme Lead
        • You have used BRC infrastructure but no BRC funding
  • The following disclaimer must also be included: The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

These statements may be placed in either the acknowledgement or funding section of a publication. It can also be placed in supporting information provided there is a linking statement in the main publication. It is not sufficient to place only in author’s affiliations.

Other research outputs (for example, posters, presentations):

Include the appropriate funding acknowledgement shown above and the disclaimer. If you are representing an NHS Trust or university, use their templates and the NIHR ‘funded’ or ‘supported’ stamps. If you are representing the NIHR please use their own templates for marketing materials.

Please also refer to the ‘Displaying the NIHR identity correctly’ section below.

Need help?

Please email the final draft of all publications to us so we can check the acknowledgements prior to submission.

Acknowledgement audits

The NIHR Cambridge BRC management team undertakes regular audits of publications from researchers who have used NIHR facilities to ensure that appropriate acknowledgements have been included.

In circumstances where we have not been appropriately acknowledged when support has been provided/utilised, we may ask researchers to issue errata at their own cost to relevant papers in order to ensure that NIHR acknowledgements are always included where necessary.

The NIHR and Open Access

The NIHR supports the principle of open access to the outputs of research, which can offer both social and economic benefits as well as aiding the development of new research and stimulating wider economic growth of the UK economy.

The NIHR is also committed to adding value in research, which ensures publishing research results in full in an accessible and unbiased report.

Read more on the NIHR open access policy.

Press releases

Your press release must include an acknowledgement of NIHR support / funding, note to editors and a disclaimer. See below for example wording.

  1. NIHR Cambridge BRC Acknowledgement
    1. If the NIHR Cambridge BRC has funded a research project, it should be named in the first or second paragraph of a press release and spelt out in full at the first mention (after which abbreviations may be used, eg:
      1. “Researchers funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) have…” or
      2. “National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-funded researchers at…”
    2. If we have supported your project, this can feature further down in the press release, eg;
      1. “NIHR-supported researchers at….”
  1. Notes to editors: Notes to editors are included after the press release and provide information that may be of relevance/interest to journalists. Please cut and paste the following:

    • About the National Institute for Health Research The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research. The NIHR:

      • Funds, supports and delivers high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care
      • Engages and involves patients, carers and the public in order to improve the reach, quality and impact of research
      • Attracts, trains and supports the best researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future
      • Invests in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services
      • Partners with other public funders, charities and industry to maximise the value of research to patients and the economy
    • The NIHR was established in 2006 to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research, and is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. In addition to its national role, the NIHR commissions applied health research to benefit the poorest people in low- and middle-income countries, using Official Development Assistance funding.
    • About the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Based within the most outstanding NHS and University partnerships in the country, the Biomedical Research Centres are leaders in scientific translation. They receive substantial levels of funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to translate fundamental biomedical research into clinical research that benefits patients and they are early adopters of new insights in technologies, techniques and treatments for improving health.
  2. Disclaimer: Always include the following:

    • The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

Patient data use: If you have used patient data in your research, you must also include in your Notes to editors a statement on patient data use:

    • This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support and would not have been possible without access to this data. The NIHR recognises and values the role of patient data, securely accessed and stored, both in underpinning and leading to improvements in research and care. www.nihr.ac.uk/patientdata

Attachments: If a research paper or report is the subject of the press release, a copy of the research paper/ report must be included, as well as suitable images.

If you are representing an NHS Trust or university check their templates for example wording on what to include for their respective organisations in Notes to Editors.

Displaying the NIHR identity correctly


The NIHR logo is the most important element of the revised NIHR identity. It now appears on the top left of all NIHR materials and no longer carries the NHS lozenge: NIHR infrastructures now have an individual logo (a ‘sub-logo’) which carries the NIHR abbreviation and name of site in full on the right-hand side (see below).

When to use the main NIHR logo

  • All NIHR logos now appear in the top left-hand side of the publication / webpage
  • You work for an NIHR organisation but the materials you are producing represent a collaboration between two or more NIHR organisations (e.g. NIHR Cambridge BRC and NIHR Cambridge CRF)
    • Refer to individual parts of the NIHR in your body copy

When to use the NIHR sub-logo

  • You work for an NIHR organisation and the materials you are producing promote research that the NIHR organisation you are representing has fully or partly supported or funded
  • Other partners’ logos (provided they are not also part of the NIHR) may be included if applicable, but cannot be bigger than the NIHR sub-logo
  • The sub-logo must appear in the top left-hand side of the publication / webpage

When to use the NIHR logos in partnership with other organisations 

  • The NIHR logo should be in equal proportion to the logo of its partners, but its position will depend on whether:
    • NIHR is a leading partner (i.e. the main single funder). The NIHR templates should be used with the NIHR logotype positioned top-left on the front page of corporate communication materials, OR:
    • The NIHR is a secondary partner (i.e. not the main funder). The logo can be positioned preferably bottom left on the front page

When to use the NIHR Funded/ Supported logos

  • You do not work for or are paid by the NIHR, but the research that you are promoting in your materials has been wholly or partly funded or supported by the NIHR (including Cambridge BRC)
  • Use your host institution’s templates such as posters, powerpoint presentations etc
  • Mention NIHR Cambridge BRC in the body of the text
  • Use either the NIHR Funded / Supported logo as appropriate towards the bottom
  • Include a relationship statement and disclaimer (see acknowledgement section, above) in the bottom half of your material
  • NEVER use the Funded / Supported logos in document headers or to displace the leading brand on materials
  • Examples of where these logos can be used include: study recruitment materials, communications and research dissemination materials, websites, social media, presentations, consent forms and patient questionnaires


NIHR templates should only be used if you are representing the NIHR and include posters, presentations, banners, business cards and letters.

To find out more about how to access templates, and download logos and NIHR brand identity guidelines, click here.

Events and films

Events / presentations

Presentations by event organisers or NIHR representatives taking place within NIHR-hosted events must be on the correct NIHR slide template. For all NIHR fully- or part-funded or sponsored events, you should notify the BRC Communications team at least 28 days prior to the event. All promotional materials for these events should include the correct NIHR / sub-logo. Any promotional materials must be sent to the BRC Communications team for sign off.


If you produce a film which features research funded or supported by NIHR Cambridge BRC, CRF or BioResource, the title page should include the appropriate NIHR logo. It should also include an acknowledgement and a disclaimer (see above drop-down section for sample text).

The BRC Communications team should be notified at the start of the filming project and kept up-to-date with progress. They will also need to see the final version of the film and notify NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) for sign-off.


If you wish to film, photograph or interview research participants or members of staff to use on communication materials, they must first give their written consent.

Please contact your organisation’s communications department for the required consent forms or contact the BRC Communications team. The participant must also receive a copy for their records so they know who to get in touch with if they wish to withdraw their consent.

Evidence-based web tool aims to help inform treatment options in early prostate cancer

PREDICT Prostate has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, led by Mr Vincent Gnanapragasam (pictured, right), University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at Cambridge University Hospitals, and undertaken by Dr Thurtle, both of the Academic Urology Group in Cambridge, and in collaboration with Professor Paul Pharoah of the Department of Cancer Epidemiology.

The tool brings together the latest evidence and mathematical models to give a personalised prognosis, which aims to empower patients as they discuss treatment options with their consultant.

Mr Gnanapragasam said: “We believe this tool could significantly reduce the number of unnecessary – and potentially harmful – treatments that patients receive and save the NHS millions every year.”

Risk classification

Progression of prostate cancer is variable: in most cases, the disease progresses slowly and is not fatal. But in a significant number of men, the tumour will metastasise (spread to other organs in the body), threatening their health.

When a patient is diagnosed with prostate cancer, they are currently classified as low, intermediate or high risk, according to guidelines provided by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

Depending on the patient’s risk group, clinicians will recommend either an ‘active monitoring’ approach or treatment. Treatment options include radiotherapy or surgery and can have potentially significant side-effects, including erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.

But the risk classifications have been shown to be only 60-70% accurate – meaning many men may elect for treatment when it is not necessary.

What PREDICT Prostate does is take routinely available information including PSA test results, the cancer grade and stage, the proportion of biopsies with cancerous cells, and details about the patient including his age and other illnesses.

It then gives a 10-15 year survival estimate. Importantly, the tool also estimates how the patient’s chance of survival differs depending on whether he opts for monitoring or treatment, providing context of the likelihood of success of treatment and risk of side effects.

  • In a randomised study of almost 200 prostate cancer specialists, those clinicians given access to the PREDICT tool were less likely to recommend treatment in good-prognosis cancers
  • The tool is recommended for use only in consultation with a clinician. It is not suitable for men with very aggressive disease or who have evidence of disease spread at the time of diagnosis
  • Every year, tens of thousands of men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. But what should they do? Listen to Vincent Gnanapragasam’s interview with the Naked Scientists

New device could improve safety of routine testing for prostate cancer

Clinicians currently diagnose patients using a technique called trans-rectal ultrasound, which is where a small ultrasound probe inserted into the back passage. However, this method can be unpleasant, and have side effects such as urinary infections or risk of sepsis.

Cambridge researchers have devised a new tool, called the CamProbe, that allows biopsies to be taken via the transperineal route (under the scrotum) where a sample of tissue is removed from the prostate for examination under a microscope. This can be done under local anaesthesia.

No infections were detected using this technique in the pilot studies, compared with the 5-12% using the standard method, and most trial participants preferred the CamProbe test.

Now with further funding, clinical trials are underway to test the device on larger numbers of patients. If the results are positive, it will substantially improve the safety of routine testing for prostate cancer, reduce the risk of sepsis and antibiotic resistance and potentially save the NHS millions every year.

Detecting cancer with a ‘pill on a string’

Early detection of this type of cancer requires a referral for an endoscopy, where a camera is fed through your mouth to your stomach, which can be uncomfortable for some people and is expensive for the health service.

However, researchers in Cambridge have come up with a new way to collect cells from the oesophagus to test for cancer, which is easier and less uncomfortable than an endoscopy and importantly can be performed in the GP surgery. The device, known as the cytosponge or ‘pill on a string’, only takes a few minutes to use and can be done outside of a hospital setting.

Patients are asked to swallow a small capsule (about the size of a multivitamin pill) which is attached to a string. When it gets to the stomach the capsule disintegrates and releases a small sponge. The sponge is then pulled back using the string, collecting cells as it comes up the oesophagus which can be sent off for testing. The team have also devised the laboratory test to make the testing as fast and accurate as possible.

The cytosponge is now in its third stage of trials at GP practices and results are expected within a year. Early tests have shown them to be effective at detecting Barrett’s oesophagus. If trials continue to show positive results, the device could provide more patients to be tested for the possibility that they have Barrett’s oesophagus.

This means testing can take place in the community, identifying those who have suspected Barrett’s oesophagus faster and reducing the number of those who require an endoscopy. The cytosponge could revolutionise testing and save the NHS money.