Three Southampton clinicians awarded prestigious research posts

Three clinicians based at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust have been appointed as National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) senior investigators.

Professor Rob Read, director of the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, Professor Mike Grocott, lead for critical care within the respiratory and critical care theme and NIHR CRN national specialty lead for anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain, and Professor Alison Richardson, director of the Southampton Academy of Research, were awarded the status last month and join four other leading city academics.

Senior investigators are among the most prominent researchers and are appointed to provide leadership, promote clinical and applied research in health and social care, assist in planning and provide advice to the Department of Health and Social Care’s chief scientific adviser. They also host visiting fellows and mentor trainees.

Prof Read, who is an honorary consultant at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and professor of infectious diseases at the University of Southampton, was selected following his extensive research into infectious diseases and human challenge models for viruses.

Prof Richardson, a clinical professor in cancer nursing and end of life care was awarded senior investigator status for her research into cancer and palliative care, while Prof Grocott was recognised for his work in perioperative medicine and extreme environments including Mount Everest.

They join current senior investigators Professor Ratko Djukanovic, Professor Keith Godfrey, Professor Andrew Lotery and Professor John Primrose.

Christine McGrath, director of research and development at UHS, said: “We are extremely privileged to have seven NIHR senior investigators as it really demonstrates the quality of researchers based here in the city.

“I would like to offer my personal congratulations to Rob, Mike and Alison on their appointments and look forward to seeing them further develop their areas of research within our organisation.”

Posted on Wednesday 7 March 2018