Welcome to the first newsletter of this year. 

Following our funding call last summer, we are pleased to announce that we have agreed to fund 15 projects to start from April 2022. I would like to congratulate all successful applicants and I look forward to working with them and seeing their projects through to successful completion and implementation. I am particularly delighted at the number of early career researchers who have been successful. More details to follow soon.

In other news, we invite our colleagues and external partners to find out more about our work through a webinar series showcasing the high-quality applied research. These events will be hosted within our research themes and will run from May 3 to June 14.

We will also be hosting an online education series on multiple long-term conditions during May and June as we are leading nationally in this area. 

Meanwhile, we are continuing to work on a range of COVID-19 projects. Our focus is now principally on supporting the national recovery from COVID, particularly looking at the impact of the virus on ethnic minority communities. 

Thank you for your time, please enjoy reading our newsletter.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti
Director, NIHR ARC East Midlands
COVID-19 and blood glucose levels increase in-hospital cardiovascular and renal problems 

These findings highlight the importance of routine glucose screening on admission.

Leicester researcher reveals health inequalities for Black and South Asian women following gestational diabetes

The research will be presented at Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2022 on Friday, April 1.

Obesity ‘accelerates’ COVID-19 mortality risk amongst ethnic minorities

Those from ethnic minorities who have a higher BMI were most at risk of dying from COVID-19, the research found.  

Increasing Living Kidney Donation Awareness through Art Project

An innovative virtual art exhibition is set to increase awareness about living kidney donation amongst ethnic minority groups.

Booklet from ARC East Midlands study highlighted by NIHR

A booklet designed to reduce diabetes-related 999 calls has been featured as an Alert by the NIHR. A video animation was also shared by the NIHR ARC. 

Alpha-Stim-D trial meets recruitment target 25 days ahead of time 

The study is investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of the Alpha-Stim AID device for the treatment of depressive symptoms in Primary Care.

ARC East Midlands videos used by award-winning team

Digital animations highlighting the risk of dementia associated with a group of medicines called anticholinergics were used by an award-winning project to raise awareness of the issue.

Part-funded PhD studentships available

We are pleased to announce an open, competitive call for PhD funding to start by Autumn 2022 at an East Midlands University. Part-funded studentships require top-up match-funding. Apply by April 19.

PhD studentship in mental health, ageing or stroke

Funding for a PhD studentship to conduct original empirical applied research around the areas of mental health, ageing and frailty, and/or stroke rehabilitation which will be hosted at the University of Nottingham. Apply by April 19.

Calling all aspiring clinical academics

The 2022/23 Health Education England/NIHR Clinical Scholars Programmes (internships, pre-doctoral and doctoral fellowships) for non-medical health and social care professionals in the East Midlands has been launched. 

VACANCY: Research Fellow in Medical Statistics

An exciting opportunity to work within our Data2Health (health data science) theme, developing methods for applied health research. Apply by April 11.

Our colleagues and external partners are invited to attend the ARC East Midlands webinar series showcasing the high-quality applied research being carried out. The research showcase will be hosted within the ARC research themes. Click on the images below to register your place: 
SAVE THE DATE: Virtual events covering multiple long-term conditions (MLTCs)

An online education series aiming to bridge the gap between research and clinical management of people with MLTCs will take place on May 18, June 1 and June 15. 

At the beginning of this year, we launched a short course training programme for researchers which has been well received so far. If you missed these sessions, you can access some of the recordings on our YouTube channel or below: 
A Twitter Masterclass for Researchers 
Using the social media to promote your research and demonstrate impact.
Qualitative Research
Theoretical and critical approaches, and practicalities of collecting data.
Preparing for Implementation and Knowledge Exchange
How to make your research findings ‘go places’.
Critical Appraisal Skills - Lots of evidence but how do we critique?
Different stages of collecting evidence and deciding what’s relevant.
Implementing Change - practical know how
Operational aspects of implementation, such as identifying your audience, developing a strong value proposition, and actually knowing what ‘thing’ is resulting from your work.
ARC East Midlands Director awarded CBE 

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, has been awarded with a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Kamlesh was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Leicestershire Live Innovation Awards 2022.

ARC East Midlands Theme Lead becomes NIHR Senior Investigator

Professor Adam Gordon, Theme Lead Theme for Building Community Resilience and Enabling Independence, has been appointed as a Senior Investigator by the NIHR.

Nottingham psychologist becomes first to receive prestigious award to improve stroke rehabilitation care 

The latest of our Clinical Academic postdocs, Dr Eirini Kontou, to be awarded with the NIHR/HEE Clinical Academic Lectureship.

East Midlands Research into Ageing Network (EMRAN) meeting

The next EMRAN meeting is about developing research capacity within social care and public health, i.e. working with local authorities, and will take place on April 28. Register your place here

Training courses offered to help reduce ethnic health inequalities

Courses include (1) Effective Community Engagement, (2) Increasing Diverse Populations in Health and Social Care Research and (3) Cultural Competence

East Midlands Clinical-Academic Practitioner Network (EMCAPN) meeting 

The EMCAPN re-launch meeting took place on March 23. The key discussion included pension issues and a key speaker from UCEA shared knowledge around this. To join the network or if you have any suggestions for the next topic, email

All NIHR-funded researchers are required to acknowledge the NIHR funding on all outputs. Find out more about the NIHR disclaimer and ARC East midlands acknowledgement or access the branded templates for posters and slides. 
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