Clinical Academic Training


Consultants hosting AF trainees within the speciality of pathology.

Professor Liz Anderson

Clinical research

I am a regional, national and international leader of interprofessional education aligned to team working and patient safety. I have a range of research projects within medical educational exploring interprofessional simulations, the need for reflection using Portfolios and designing and piloting new learning possibilities in practice, recently bringing together pharmacists and medical students.

Dr Pankaj Gupta

Clinical research

Non-adherence to medications is one of the biggest unaddressed issues of modern medicine. We have developed a unique biochemical test to test 60 cardiovascular medications and are the world leaders in this field. We currently have multiple international collaborations and have two Phds and an ACF in our research team

Dr Natalie Armstrong

Clinical research

The SAPPHIRE (Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research) Group in the department of Health Sciences uses social science theory and methods to undertake research and evaluation in order to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. A developing area of interest in the group is around overdiagnosis and overtreatment, which occur when a diagnosis is ‘correct’ according to current standards but the diagnosis or associated treatment has a low probability of benefiting the patient, and may instead be harmful. We would welcome Academic Foundation doctors keen to explore this area further either in general terms or as it relates to a particular clinical area.

Dr Julie Morrissey

Laboratory research

Staphylococcal species are a major cause of diabetic foot infections (DFI) which are further complicated by persistence, re-emergence and metastasis. Our aim is to build on our previous studies on methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) persistent bacteraemia which identified a novel biomarker and therapeutic target (Richards et al., 2015). The aim of this project is to use microbiological and genome analysis of clinical DFI samples to identify novel biomarkers and anti-virulence targets to develop novel diagnostics and therapies to treat DFI.

This is a collaborative project between Julie Morrissey (Department of Genetics) and Debbie Modha, Consultant Microbiologist (UHL NHS Trust).

Richards et al. 2015

Dr Galina Mukamolova

Laboratory research

My research is mainly focused on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis, its adaptation to the host environment as well as persistence, dormancy and resuscitation from dormancy. I am also interested in antibiotic resistance and drug tolerance of Mtb. Experimental approaches include growth assays, proteomics and genetic manipulation in mycobacteria.

Dr Carolyn Tarrant

Clinical research

The SAPPHIRE (Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research) Group has expertise in qualitative methods and health care improvement, with particular interests in acute care, maternity care, healthcare associated infections, and measurement for improvement. A qualitative project would be available to explore junior doctors' experiences of working in acute care at weekends, in relation to their role and professional development; we would also be happy to discuss other possible research topics.

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