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


Meet the Team

Clinical infection and its subsequent prevention, diagnosis and treatment exert influence across all research specialties, age groups and care settings. Clinical infection research studies come under the following themes; Studies of the development and treatment of acute and chronic infectious diseases. 

Studies of the prevention, treatment and control of hospital-acquired infections. Prevention of infections by vaccination, particularly acute infectious diseases and studies in microbiology laboratories of infections and clinical infectious diseases including development of new diagnostic tests.

Gillian Johnson

Research delivery manager

CRN North East and North Cumbria

Dr Ashley Price

Infection specialty group lead

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gillian Johnson's research experience

I have experience in leading and supporting both commercial and non commercial research opportunities across a number of medical specialities, including ageing, dermatology, gastroenterology, infection, liver, neurological and respiratory disorders working collaboratively with our local NHS trusts, universities and stakeholders to increase recruitment to National Institute for Health and Care Research portfolio studies through novel ways of working.

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Dr Ashley Price's research experience

I am a consultant in infectious diseases and general internal medicine at Newcastle Hospitals and an honorary clinical lecturer at Newcastle University. Since 2018 I have led the infection theme within the NIHR Newcastle MIC.

I have extensive experience as chief and principal investigator on several clinical studies. These include two influential studies with the NIHR DEC Newcastle. I have strengthened his national clinical research links through his role as medical lead for COVID-19 vaccine in the North East and North Cumbria, the lead for infection within the NIHR Clinical Research Network for North East and Cumbria and co-lead of the analytical performance workstream within the COVID-19 National Diagnostic Research and Evaluation Platform (CONDOR).

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How to get involved


Visit the national specialty page here

Collaborate with experienced researchers

Find collaboration opportunities with experienced researchers in your clinical area of expertise

Explore funding awards and programmes

Apply for an NIHR Academy award and find the programme that is right for you.

Familiarise yourself with the available support

Familiarise yourself with clinical research settings, whether this is the NHS, a social care or a community setting. Know how to access support with regards to running your study idea.

Explore funding opportunities

Explore funding opportunities for research into infection, which has cross cutting specialties weaved through the NHS, public health and social care specialties. Most funding programmes also hold funding calls which are open to researcher-led proposals.