Consultants hosting AF trainees within the speciality of surgery.

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.

Muhammad Imran Aslam

Laboratory research

Role cell free DNA/ miRNAs in colorectal diseases.

Specialist interest in Colorectal cancer detection, progression, markers of therapy.

Ulcerative colitis - detection of dysplasia based on molecular markers.

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 benefitting 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.

Mr Atul Bagul

Clinical research

Vascular access:

  1. Multicenter RCT Humacyte grafts currently recruiting. The graft is made from human aortic smooth muscle scaffolding as an access conduit for dialysis.
  2. Vascular access surveillance: The candidate will be part of this surveillance programme caring out USS guided surveillance of access procedures and maintaining a data base.(anticipated abstracts to be submitted to suitable conference).
  3. Transplant: I/R injury assessing the role of microcept.

Professor Matt Bown

Clinical research

I am interested in why abdominal aortic aneurysms develop and grow over time, including screening for aneurysms. My work includes basic science studies on the genetics of abdominal aortic aneurysms and clinical research on what causes aneurysms to grow. My wider research group includes clinical academics working on clinical trials in all aspects of vascular surgery and health data science approaches to studying the outcomes of aneurysm screening programmes.

Miss Kirsten Boyle

Clinical research

I have experience of and am interested in clinical research within general and colorectal surgery. Much of my previous work has concentrated on cancer, which remains a specific interest. Now I also focus on questions and problems that occur in everyday life and my personal research interest lies in human factors.

Mr Andrew Miller

Clinical research

Colorectal cancer outcomes; wound closure technique and its impact on incisional hernia formation; human factors training and its impact on surgical operating list performance.

Professor Gavin Murphy

Clinical research

The cardiac surgery research group is composed of linked clinical trials and laboratory science teams that undertake clinico-experimental early phase translational research. We focus on three research areas:

  1. Organ protection, or the prevention of organ failure following surgery
  2. The interaction between cardiometabolic disease and outcomes following surgery
  3. Diseases of the thoracic aorta. The group has a strong record in supporting medical student and academic trainees in short term research projects.

Mr Mike Norwood

Clinical research

I would be happy to offer a clinical research or audit project linked to an area of either colorectal or general surgery. The aim would be to present this work (when completed) at a National or International surgical conference and to publish the research in a peer-reviewed journal.

Professor Rob Sayers

Clinical research

We plan to investigate whether frailty causes poor outcomes in vascular surgical patients. This project would review several groups of vascular patients (especially AAA, leg ischaemia and amputations) and assess and measure frailty scores and compare with poor outcomes (mortality and severe complications).

Mr Baljit Singh

Clinical research

I have previously published on the use of faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) in symptomatic patients to detect for colorectal cancer. As part of a NHS England project this will be rolled out to CCGs in Leicestershire and the data analysed prior to a national rollout. The researcher will help analyse the data and be part of a national ACPGBI working group on FIT.

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.

Surgery aFY projects 2019

Professor Gavin Murphy

Clinical research

Our research group undertakes clinical research ranging from early phase clinico-experimental studies to multicentre randomised trials.

Our research is focused on the development of new strategies for the prevention of organ injury in the acute setting including cardiac surgery, critical care and ECMO. We are also undertaking research into the pathogenesis and management of thoracic aortic disease.

Mr Tim Rattay

Clinical research

As cancer survival rates continue to improve, research is increasingly focusing on reducing treatment side-effects (toxicity) by personalising therapy for individual patients. Our group within the Leicester Cancer Research Centre is carrying out work with large datasets to identify patients at increased risk of radiation toxicity and to develop predictive tests that could be incorporated in treatment planning. We would welcome Academic Foundation doctors with an interest in surgery, clinical oncology, and/or genetics to work with our group, which has recently been rated internationally competitive by the NCRI’s Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy Research Working Group (CTRad) in the radiation biology domain, one of only four UK centres to achieve this rating.