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Welcome to the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Medicines for Children Research Network.
We are one of six local research networks in England that form the National Institute for Health Research Medicines for Children Research Network.
We help to support research in NHS organisations across our region and work in partnership with the West Yorkshire research for CHildren (WYCH) initiative. Working alongside local healthcare professionals we conduct clinical trials and other high quality studies in babies, children and young people.
Why research medicines for children?
Many of the medicines currently given to children have only been tested in adults. This means that a lot less is known about how drugs work in the young and there are fewer medicines that can be easily taken.
The testing of medicines is carried out through clinical trials which usually involves testing a new treatment against the best currently available treatment to see which is better and safer. It is important that we carry out clinical trials in children as well as adults to understand any differences in the treatment they receive.