University nominations for North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards

University researchers, Sir Munir Pirmohamed , Professor Tom Solomon, Dr Fiona Rowe , Dr Eve Smith, and staff member Jenny Preston have been shortlisted for awards at this year’s North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards.

The Awards are a collaborative celebration between the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN), CRN: North West Coast (CRN NWC) and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC).

The event celebrates the excellent work being undertaken across the region in relation to clinical research and innovation and demonstrates how clinical research and innovation efforts have had an impact on patient care across the North West Coast.

Outstanding contributions

Three of the nominations are in the Host Executive Clinical Research Award category. They are:

  • Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed – nominated for his outstanding contribution to medicine and research.
  • Professor Tom Solomon – nominated for his outstanding contribution to Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
  • Dr Fiona Rowe – nominated for her outstanding contribution to Vision, Orthoptic and Brain Injury Research.

Dr Eve Smith’s nomination, which is in the Research Student of the Year category, is for her work investigating urinary biomarkers in children which can be used to identify inflammation of the kidney that is caused by lupus (Lupus nephritis).

Jenny Preston has been shortlisted in the Outstanding contribution to patient and public involvement category.

Andrew Weeks, Professor of International Maternal Health and head of the Sanyu Research,  has been nominated in the Research Innovation Award category for his novel medical device invention called `The PPH Butterfly’ which redefines postpartum haemorrhage treatment, 


Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the NWC AHSN, said: “We’re delighted to have shortlisted for the inaugural North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards. The North West Coast is a hub of excellence in life sciences research and innovation and we’re very pleased to be part of the collaboration recognising and celebrating these achievements.”

This year, over 120 entries were submitted across 12 different categories.

For more information about the different categories or to view the full list of shortlisted entrants, please visit

The event will be taking place on 30 November at Chester Racecourse.

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