University shortlisted for prestigious research and innovation awards

The University has been shortlisted in four categories for the upcoming North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards.

The event is designed to celebrate success for the excellent work being undertaken across the region in relation to clinical research and innovation.

The awards are a collaboration between the Innovation Agency, (AHSN for the North West Coast), the NIHR Clinical Research Network North West Coast; and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC)


The shortlisted projects fall into four different categories and they are as follows:

The Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine has been shortlisted for the ‘NIHR @ 10 Clinical Research Outstanding Impact’ category for research through collaboration.

In the category ‘Research for Wellbeing’ Dr Fiona Rowe from the University’s Institute of Psychology Health and Society has been nominated for her study entitled ‘Impact of Visual Impairment after Stroke’.

Daniel Perry, a senior lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University’s Institute of Translational Medicine, has been shortlisted in the category of ‘Clinical Research Rising Star’.

In the ‘Outstanding contribution to Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Research’ category Heather Bagley, Patient & Public Involvement Co-ordinator, has been shortlisted for the for her first rate contributions to public engagement in the international COMET Initiative and the Department of Biostatistics Clinical Trials Research Centre.


The awards are aimed at a variety of stakeholders who work with the three organisations, including NHS partner organisations, local authorities, industry partners, academic partners, and business partners working in health innovation.

Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, said: “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.

“The event’s primary goal is to demonstrate the impact that outstanding clinical research and innovation has had on improving patient care across the North West Coast. The event will also showcase the new ideas and techniques that are emerging from the cutting-edge research

taking place across the region so that everyone will be able to view the nominations and consider if the innovation or evidence can be applied in their system or organisation.”

Celebrating achievements

Jacqueline Pirmohamed, Chief Operating Officer of the National Institute for Health Research – Clinical Research Network North West Coast, added: “This event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the region’s achievements and success relating to research and innovation. Over 30,000 people took part in clinical research studies last year across NHS organisations on the North West Coast.”

Professor Mark Gabbay, Director of the NIHR CLAHRC NWC said: “The event will focus on Innovation, Health and Wellbeing and emphasise the importance of research that has the potential to reduce health inequalities. It is also an opportunity to celebrate public and professional engagement with our work.”

The winners will be announced in an event at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool on Thursday, 9 February.

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