Leicester research teams nominated for East Midlands awards

Posted by ap507 at Apr 22, 2016 03:52 PM |
Professor Gerry McCann received two nominations at the East Midlands Clinical Network Research (CRN) awards

Issued on 22 April 2016

A leading cardiologist, the recruitment drive behind a physical activity study on teenage girls and a “pioneer” in helping the public understand research are among the Leicester-based nominations at an awards ceremony.

Professor Gerry McCann, a consultant cardiologist from the Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (BRU), received two nominations at the East Midlands Clinical Network Research (CRN) awards.

He has been recognised alongside his colleague Professor Tony Gershlick in the Continuous Improvement/Innovation category for work they did on a heart study entitled the ‘Complete Versus Lesion-only PRimary PCI PiloT’ (CvLPRIT).

The findings of the study resulted in a change to American College of Cardiology guidelines and are likely to change the way multi-vessel disease is treated which could improve clinical outcomes, patient experience and help ease the financial burden on the NHS.  

Professor McCann’s involvement in multiple leading research projects also received recognition in the Exemplary Investigator Contribution award.

Dr Martin Batty, who is the Cardiovascular BRU Manager, said: “Professor McCann thoroughly deserves his nomination. His commitment to cardiovascular research continues to help us identify areas that can be improved and hopefully change patient outcomes for the better in the future.”

A research team from the Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) fought off competition to be shortlisted in the Exceptional Research Delivery award category. 

The NIHR-funded Girls Active study l is monitoring the effectiveness of the school based physical activity programme in 20 schools.

The evaluation team, led by University of Leicester academic staff Dr Deirdre Harrington and Dr Charlotte Edwardson, recruited and did lifestyle measurements on 1,753 teenage girls for the trial within a six-week period.

Professor Melanie Davies CBE, who is the Director of the Leicester-Loughborough Diet BRU as well as a Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “To have the work of Deirdre and Charlotte and their Girls Active evaluation team recognised for the amazing quality and quantity of work that was delivered in such a short time is very special for our centre.

“If they go on to win that would be wonderful, but we already know the work they’ve carried out will lead to some interesting findings about the physical activity of teenage girls in the East Midlands.”

Rebecca Pritchard, who is the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Manager, is also nominated in the Continuous Improvement/Innovation category for work which has given patients and the public a central voice in research planning and delivery, a contribution that ensures research remains democratic and relevant to the reality of the patient experience of ill health.

Prof Davies also said: “The work Rebecca leads in allowing us to understand the barriers that patients and the public have in understanding and getting involved in research is pioneering for us as a centre and the wider biomedical research community in the UK.” 

All award finalists have been invited to attend the ceremony which will take place on Friday, April 29 at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.  

The winners will receive a crystal trophy and the runners-up will each receive a framed certificate.

The NIHR BRUs undertake translational clinical research in priority areas of high disease burden and clinical need.

Notes to editors:

  • For further details, to arrange an interview or more photographs, email oliver.jelley@ojpr.co.uk or Fiona.bailey@ojpr.co.uk
  • http://www.ll.dlpa.bru.nihr.ac.uk
  • www.le.ac.uk/bru
  • The NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit and the Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit are funded by the NIHR. By harnessing the power of experimental science we will explore and develop innovative lifestyle interventions to help prevent and treat chronic disease for the benefit of all. The BRUs undertake translational clinical research in priority areas of high disease burden and clinical need.
  • The Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit at Glenfield Hospital aims to improve the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The unit provides state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and staff to assist researchers in their complex projects. It is one of 20 units around England funded by the NIHR. It is a partnership between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The Unit's director is Professor Sir Nilesh Samani and the manager is Dr Martin Batty.
  • The Leicester and the Leicester-Loughborough BRU is a national centre of excellence in diet, lifestyle and physical activity. It harnesses the power of experimental science to explore and develop ways to help prevent and treat chronic disease.
  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR is the research arm of the NHS. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the Government’s strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit http://www.nihr.ac.uk.
  • The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an international centre of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation and is led by Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Kamlesh Khunti. Hosted at Leicester General Hospital, the Leicester Diabetes Centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester, working with the city and county Clinical Commissioning Groups. It is a leading applied health research unit committed to improving the lives and care of people with diabetes and other long-term conditions.
  • For more information about the Leicester Diabetes Centre, visit http://www.leicesterdiabetescentre.org.uk.

 

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