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News article - Celebrating World Clinical Trials Day!

20 May 2021 is World Clinical Trials Day to mark the anniversary of the first-ever trial that was conducted in 1747. Today, clinical trials are vital in determining the safety and efficacy of new treatments all over the world. But what happens in a clinical trial, and could you take part?
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News article - Your Raynaud’s and You – Insights from SRUK’s work on the Raynaud’s App

Can you imagine a world where we could have a greater understanding of Raynaud’s? Have more information on what triggers an attack? Understand how in some cases Raynaud’s combined with other symptoms may be an early predictor of scleroderma? The Raynaud’s ResearchApp, an SRUK-led partnership with app development company Healthbit and data company D4T4, intends to do just this!
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News article - The Raynaud’s App: the story so far

SRUK is pioneering ‘The Raynaud’s ResearchApp,’ that aims to help identify Raynaud’s patients at risk of developing scleroderma, with a view to achieving earlier diagnosis and improved outcomes. The technology also enables users to record their experiences of Raynaud’s symptoms and learn more about potential triggers. The App has recently been piloted in a clinical trial.
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News article - A Design for Life: is scleroderma in the genes?

What is the link between our genetic code and developing scleroderma? Researchers from Spain have recently studied genetic alterations and established a connection with the pathways that dictate the clinical features of scleroderma. The study is significant because increasing our understanding of the genetic pathway could be a faster route towards identifying effective new therapies for this complex condition.
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News article - Open Research - revolutionising the publishing process for SRUK research

SRUK is working with our partners at the Association of Medical Research Charities via their new Open Research Platform, to revolutionise the publishing process for our researchers. This will enable SRUK-funded research groups to publish their work in a streamlined and cost-effective way, with the ultimate goal of translating new knowledge into effective treatments for people living with scleroderma.
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News article - What's the outcome? Measuring the effectiveness of new treatments in clinical trials

Clinical trials are the only way to ensure that new treatments are effective. But how exactly does the process work? FInd out why 'outcome measures’ and ‘endpoints’ are crucial, and how SRUK funding is playing a key role in improving the measures used in treatments for scleroderma.
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News article - The Link Between Metabolism and Fibrosis in People With Scleroderma

A new study from the UK has identified a possible connection between metabolism and fibrosis in people with scleroderma, with the potential to open up new treatment avenues in the future.
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News article - SRUK’s co-funded project with World Scleroderma Foundation seeking to improve the Combined Response Index in SSc Score.

An important part of participating in a project such as this is ensuring that you understand how the collected data will be used and why community input is so valuable and fundamentally vital.
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News article - Findings of nintedanib's safety and tolerability published

A team of researchers based in the USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland and Japan sought to examine the results of the SENSCIS trial to assess the safety and tolerability of nintedanib in people with SSc-ILD.
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News article - The CRISTAL Index

SRUK funding is playing a key role in improving how we determine the success of new treatments in clinical trials. These projects aim to better inform researchers of the impact of potential therapies, ultimately improving wellbeing and quality of life for people living with scleroderma.
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News article - Collaboration is Key: Developing a New Diagnostic Tool for Scleroderma

“We are limited by current assessment tools such as the skin score, which is limited by subjectivity, as well as the time needed for training and standardisation. We need to make sure that new treatments are evaluated in the best and most robust way so that we can make more progress and discontinue approaches that do not work.” Prof. Chris Denton
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News article - Touching on Touchscreens - Making Technology More Accessible for People With Scleroderma

Are you reading this from a touchscreen device? Using touchscreen technology is something many of us do every day, without even thinking about it. But what happens to the people who have conditions that make touchscreens tough?
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News article - Could I be at risk? What we know so far about immune responses to the COVID-19 vaccination in those with weakened immune systems

As the UK strives to give every adult their COVID-19 vaccinations, what do we know about their effectiveness in protecting those with weakened immune systems such as some individuals with scleroderma?
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News article - Utilizing Ultrasound

Dr Victoria Flower was awarded funding by SRUK to research non-invasive methods of skin assessment in scleroderma. Last month, her work was published in The Journal of Rheumatology, discussing the potential use of High Frequency Ultrasound as a more objective and detailed measure of skin involvement in scleroderma.
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News article - Just in time! UK approves new COVID-19 treatment for immunocompromised individuals

As OCTAVE study sheds light on the reduced immune response in those with chronic illness, the new antibody treatment from Regeneron and Roche could be of great benefit for those who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised.
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News article - The OCTAVE Study: Scaling up our understanding of vaccine effectiveness in people living with autoimmune conditions

OCTAVE study reveals how effective COVID-19 vaccinations are in immunocompromised participants
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News article - 2021 Virtual Conference Round-Up

A series of talks took place throughout the day, covering areas of research funded by SRUK, advice on symptom management, and discussions about the future. This article offers a brief overview of each talk as a taster, and in the coming months they will be made available online.
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News article - Creating Clinical Trials for Children

: Affecting around 200 children in the UK, Juvenile Localised Scleroderma is an incredibly rare condition. Developing new treatments is challenging due to small numbers of patients. Find out how SRUK and Alder Hey are tackling this!
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