Congratulations to Dr Hannah Schiff, who has been awarded an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship to investigate novel diagnostics in pulmonary tuberculosis, a disease that kills 1.8 million people a year.
Hannah is a registrar in adult respiratory medicine who began her specialist training at Southampton General Hospital in 2013.
She qualified in medicine and completed her foundation and core medical training in the Oxford Deanery, having come to medicine as a graduate following an initial degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge. She had always aimed to harness her science background in combination with her medical knowledge to develop a research interest in pulmonary infection.
Hannah has benefitted from clear and supportive mentorship during her time in Southampton, which has allowed her to develop her research proposal whilst progressing through her clinical training.
In March 2017 she was appointed as a Respiratory Research Fellow at the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, which provided a key stepping stone to obtaining a personal research fellowship.
Hannah will use the fellowship funding from October 2017 in a cross disciplinary project at the under the dual supervision of Professor Paul Elkington and Dr Spiros Garbis. She will be investigating two large tuberculosis patient cohorts to identify blood biomarkers of pulmonary tuberculosis.
Her work aims to distinguish those with active disease from uninfected patients in a format that will permit the development of a highly sensitive near patient test for population screening. This would enable rapid identification of infectious patients and thus prompt effective treatment to break the cycle of transmission, with consequent individual patient and population benefits worldwide.
Find out more about Southampton's tuberculosis research