Southampton nurse receives prestigious international award


A nurse based at Southampton’s university hospitals has been honoured by a leading international body for her “extraordinary dedication” to clinical research.

Jennifer Allison, senior nurse manager at the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (WTCRF), which is based at Southampton General Hospital, will collect the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses (IACRN) Distinguished clinical research nurse award at a conference in America this month.

As part of the award, which was introduced in 2009 to highlight leaders who have made important contributions to research nursing, she will present a lecture on her career to colleagues from across the world.

Before moving to the UK, Ms Allison was part of a team at the Dysautonomia Center in her native New York which discovered the genetic cause of Familial Dysautonomia, a condition affecting the function of nerves throughout the body.

In her role at the National Institute for Health Research-funded WTCRF, she oversees all nursing aspects of the unit, including adult and paediatric research wards and specialist laboratories, and is responsible for the management of studies.

“I am very honoured to receive this prestigious research award, which reflects not only on my work in both the US and here in the UK, but also that of my many colleagues, and I hope the award brings further recognition of the cutting-edge research being performed by our excellent team in Southampton,” said Ms Allison, who is also the international link for the UK Clinical Research Facility Network.

Nicole Mullen, president of the IACRN, added: “Jennifer’s extraordinary dedication and work is inspiring to all those involved in clinical research nursing and we at the IACRN are honoured to have her among our membership and sharing in our common goals.”

Dr Saul Faust, director of the WTCRF and a senior lecturer at the University of Southampton, said: “This award is recognition of Jennifer's outstanding achievements and highlights the growing impact and success of a university and hospital trust partnership in delivering clinical research that benefits patients in the NHS."

Posted on Wednesday 2 November 2011