2 million support for new Complex Reviews Support Unit

A consortium of researchers from around the UK, including the University of Leicester, has been awarded £2million to provide support in areas of research that require complex methodological approaches to evidence-based medicine.

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded the University in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to establish the NIHR Complex Reviews Support Unit (CRSU), which will support the successful delivery of complex reviews of importance to the NHS.

Nicola Cooper (pictured), Professor of Health Care Evaluation Research in our Department of Health Sciences, will be Deputy Director of the new Unit.

The CRSU will focus on providing timely and appropriate support for the successful delivery of complex reviews that are funded and/or supported by NIHR.  These include reviews funded by the Systematic Review Programme and other NIHR programmes, Cochrane Collaboration, and other NHS and NHS supported sources.  The Unit will also work closely with the NIHR to support scoping and prioritising of future complex reviews, and build capacity and capability within the research community.