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Conference to showcase world-class health research

Healthcare professionals and academic researchers will have the opportunity to listen to talks from various research teams at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and its research partners next week.

For the sixth year, the Trust’s Research, Development and Innovation department will be hosting their biennial research conference on Friday 15 June at the Postgraduate Medical Centre.

This year’s event will showcase some of the Trust’s current research and innovative ideas, as well as recent achievements, with particular focus on the impact that research can have on healthcare development.

Dr Gary Minto, the new Associate Director of Research, Development and Innovation at University Hospitals Plymouth, who is also a Consultant Anaesthetist at Derriford Hospital, will talk about the future of health research.

“We are taking a much more integrated approach with patient care, here at the Trust, which is strongly contributing towards improving the overall health and wellbeing of the Plymouth population,” explains Gary.

“As a leading centre for medical research, the Trust has paved the way for the delivery of research, and the development of new technologies, treatments and services in the South West Peninsula.

“We are a research active organisation, which means that research is part of what we do here. It’s all about involving patients and the local community in improving how we do things, and empowering them to feel that they can take part.”

Roy Lilley, a founding member of the NHS Trust Federation, and founder of the Academy of Fabulous Stuff, will be giving the key note speech. He has twice been voted the UK’s top speaker on NHS topics.

Conference delegates will also hear talks from the South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix, and our academic partners, including Professor Adrian Taylor, Professor of Health Services Research and Professor Syed Hussain, Chair in Oncology at the University of Plymouth.

Other speakers include:

  • Professor Matthew Cramp, Consultant Hepatologist, University Hospitals Plymouth and Chair in Hepatology at the Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine
  • Dr Salman Waqar, Ophthalmology Consultant, University Hospitals Plymouth
  • Dr Guy Haywood, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospitals Plymouth
  • Dr Ji Tham, Research Fellow and Speciality Training Registrar, University Hospitals Plymouth
  • Ali Griffiths, Senior Sister, University Hospitals Plymouth
  • Dr Sioned Evans, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Luke’s Hospice

There’s a wide array of different types of projects on display,” adds Gary, “ranging from simpler observational studies, to really complex, world-class, world-leading research, looking at delivering completely new treatments and pioneering new techniques.

“The aim of our conference is to provide a platform to encourage collaboration, participation and the generation of new, innovative research, both locally and across the South West Peninsula.”

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*Notes to editors*

University Hospitals Plymouth has a well established reputation for high quality research and development and a strong record of participation in commercial and non-commercial clinical trials. We specialise in complex interventional trials, particularly in the areas of haematology, oncology and hepatology.

Earlier this year, University Hospitals Plymouth became the first in the UK to join TriNetX, a global health research network, which helps to bring new therapies to patients, by providing access to the earliest and most innovative clinical trials being conducted, both at home and abroad.

University Hospitals Plymouth currently has 624 active research studies and, in April 2017 to March 2018, recruited 4,675 people to take part in research. It works in close collaboration with the University of Plymouth to deliver research.

The Academy of Fabulous Stuff is a non-profit organisation established in 2015, dedicated to sharing all the fabulous things about the NHS.


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