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Issue date : 31.8.2018

Research News - Aug 18


Thousands of Greater Manchester patients access improved care thanks to clinical research


More than 43,700 participants in Greater Manchester played a part in developing healthcare over the past year, according to new figures from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).


Manchester patients are first in the UK to trial new glaucoma treatment


Three patients at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital were the first in the UK to test a new fully adjustable surgical implant to drain excess eye fluid caused by glaucoma.


Researchers find link between beetroot and blood pressure regulation in pregnant women


Researchers found those drinking beetroot juice experienced an increase in their blood nitrate and nitrite levels, two to three hours after taking the drink.


Research awards

Dr Khambalia appointed to international young investigator’s committee for pancreas and islet transplant

Congratulations to Dr Hussein Khambalia, transplant surgical trainee at Manchester Royal Infirmary who has been appointed to the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association’s (IPITA) Young Investigator’s Committee.


Manchester researcher receives international award to support neurofibromatosis type 1 research


Dr Shruti Garg, consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is the first non-US resident to receive neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF 1) $555,000 research award from The Francis S. Collins Scholars Program in Neurofibromatosis Clinical and Translational Research.


Research Voices

Mr Titus Augustine

My journey to becoming Manchester’s first Professor of Transplantation


Professor Titus Augustine, Consultant Transplant, Endocrine and General Surgeon was recently appointed as Manchester’s first Chair of Transplantation via the MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chair Scheme. He shares his career journey and goals for the future.


Lisa Southern

Why I’m proud to be a Principal Investigator (PI) for sexual health research


When Lisa Southon was a student nurse, she had no interest in doing clinical research. However, 15 years later as a band 7 senior clinical research nurse, she is a Principal Investigator at MFT.


NHS 70 Research Reflections

To mark the NHS’ 70th birthday, research staff from across MFT have recorded short videos reflecting on their research careers. This includes their proudest achievements, inspirational colleagues, what motivates them to work in research and looking forward towards the future of research.



Prevention better than cure? – 17th September


An opportunity to discuss and develop understanding around risk factors influencing disease occurance and reocurrence. The session is part of the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre training series.

Monday 17th September 2018, 9am - 1pm, The Nowgen Centre


A Showcase of Greater Manchester and East Cheshire’s Research Assets and Academic Healthcare Partnerships


An opportunity for businesses across the region to meet senior staff from the NHS and Universities and learn more about key research assets available across the GM and East Cheshire conurbations.


Wednesday 19th September 2018, 1pm – 4.30pm, Alderley Park Conference Centre


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