Welcome from Professor John Goodacre

The Hub was established in 2010 to enable increased NHS / University collaborative research in health and medicine across Lancashire and Cumbria.

By bringing together service perspectives, professional interests and facilities within the partner NHS Trusts and the internationally-renowned research expertise in health, medicine and related fields in Lancaster University, the Hub will support the growth of high-quality, locally-led clinical research to underpin improved healthcare.

The Hub operates on a strategic basis, involving close liaison and co-ordination between the Hub at Lancaster University and the partner organisations. The Hub also works closely with other key organisations - including the NIHR NWC Clinical Research Network, the NW Research Design Service and the NWC Academic Health Science Network - to enable integration and full utilisation of all locally-available skills and expertise as appropriate.

The Newsletter will be produced twice yearly. It will provide information about the Hub's activities and events, and also about staff, facilities and achievements within each of the partner organisations.

I am sure you will agree that the Hub is a very exciting initiative, and that it has the potential to make a major contribution to the growing national profile of Lancashire and Cumbria as a rapidly-emerging centre for high-quality research in health and medicine.

Professor John Goodacre