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Health & Social Care Research Across North East & North Cumbria.


Meet the Team

Haematology, the research into blood disorders and conditions that impact the natural workings of blood and its components. Whether the topic of research is a bleeding disorder, clotting disorder, anaemic disorder or sickle-cell disease, a genetic disease which impacts blood cells and their ability to carry oxygen.

All research in relation to the study of blood and how it works is covered by the haematology specialty.

Penny Williams

Research delivery manager

CRN North East and North Cumbria

Penny Williams's research experience

I’m the research delivery manager for cancer, haematology and imaging. I’m also seconded to the CRN Coordinating Centre for part of my time as head of research workforce development. I’ve been involved in research for many years firstly as an research and delivery manager before joining the research network in 2006.

My tips for getting involved in research include contacting me or a member of my team, finding out who is research active in your team and finding a good mentor, the mentor directory can help with this!

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How to get involved


Visit the national specialty page here

Become familiar with the National Haemophilia Database

Familiarise yourself with the National Haemophilia Database and signpost patients who present blood disorder symptoms to the site. It is anonymous, however the information provides an intelligence to aid the assessment of feasibility for new studies.

Funding opportunities

Make it a habit to check funding opportunities and apply for funding if you have a research idea.

Training opportunities

Have a look at the NIHR career development support and training opportunities

Connect with colleagues

Contact HaemSTAR, a UK wide network of trainee haematologists who are working to promote research in non-malignant haematology. There are opportunities to propose new research ideas, aligned with public need.