Leicester Real World Evidence Unit, headed up by Professor Kamlesh Khunti, works with clinical, academic and industrial investigators to design and deliver high quality real world evidence studies. We are an academic unit, funded by University of Leicester, and external research grants, including the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East Midlands (CLAHRC-EM). We are located within the grounds of the University of Leicester NHS Trust (Leicester General Hospital) and hosted by University of Leicester.
ERICAS (Evidence from Real-world on cardIometaboliC ObservAtional Studies) is funded through an unrestricted educational grant provided by AstraZeneca. The aim of ERICAS is to provide contemporary good quality real world evidence on cardiometabolic medicine from published biomedical literature.
Our team includes experts in database epidemiology, prognostic modelling, evidence synthesis and systematic reviews.
The ERICAS team includes:
We retrieve articles using an explicit search strategy developed in collaboration with University of Leicester Library Services. We then read through the abstracts and exclude any that are not directly related to ERICAS. We search for large real-world observational studies and focus on outcomes related to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mortality and kidney disease (Step 1). The ERICAS team assesses if real world evidence was produced in the retrieved studies. The most relevant articles to cardiometabolic renal for everyday clinicians and researchers are posted onto the website. (Step 2). We classify journal articles into category and disease area (Step 3). The articles are published on our website. You can also subscribe to an alert system to receive information on articles as they published.