Southampton celebrates clinical research excellence

Staff at Southampton’s university hospitals will showcase some of the world-class research being conducted in the city at a conference next week (Wednesday, 4 November).

The event, Seeking solutions for better health – Translational research in Southampton, to be co-hosted by Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Southampton, will look at research into all stages of the life cycle, from developmental origins to elderly care.

Presentations by leading experts will demonstrate not only the strength of research activity within specific age groups, but also how factors affecting health in childhood, for example, may influence health in later life.

Professor Christian Ottensmeier, medical oncologist and professor of experimental cancer medicine, Professor John Morgan, consultant cardiologist and honorary chair in cardio-rhythm management, and Professor Avan Ahie Sayer, professor of geriatric medicine, will be among the guest speakers.

Professor Tony Kendrick, of the University’s School of Medicine, will discuss his study into the rise of antidepressant prescribing, while Professor Dame Sally Davies, director general of research and development at the Department of Health (DH), will present the Annual Wade Lecture.

Dame Sally will also tour the development site of the prestigious biomedical research units (BRUs) at Southampton General Hospital, where construction work is well underway ahead of expected completion in September 2010.

Last year, the DH awarded nearly £9 m to build two BRUs at SUHT in recognition of its partnership with the University.

One unit will be dedicated to nutrition, diet and lifestyle, while the other will specialise in respiratory disease, looking at new therapeutic approaches to key lung diseases such as asthma and cystic fibrosis.

Posted on Friday 30 October 2009