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Research for Patient Benefit - North West Regional Advisory Committee



NIHR Research for Patient Benefit is a national funding programme that funds research on a regional level through eight Regional Advisory Committees. Each region has a local committee chair and members, and patient or public members.

Regional chair

Professor Kevin J Munro is Chair of the North West Regional Advisory Committee for NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.

Committee members

Name  Position  Organisation  Expertise 
Dr Lazaros Andronis Lecturer in Health Economics University of Warwick Planning and undertaking economic analyses of health care technologies
Professor Penny Bee Reader University of Manchester Service user/carer experiences, mental health, remote psychotherapy, health service acceptability, evidence synthesis and systematic reviews, feasibility
Professor Katherine Berry Professor of Clinical Psychology University of Manchester A health service researcher and clinical psychologist. She specialises in severe mental health problems with a focus developing and evaluating more accessible psychological therapies
Dr Helen Brooks Senior Lecturer Liverpool University Qualitative methods, social networks, the implementation of interventions designed to improve global mental health, service user/carer experiences mental health, chronic conditions
Dr Elizabeth Camacho Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics University of Manchester Health economist with expertise in trial-based economic evaluation and trial design. Interests in mental health and women's/reproductive health. Systematic reviews, decision analytic models
Dr Lesley-Anne Carter Lecturer in Biostatistics University of Manchester Statistician with expertise in research methodology, clinical trials and intensive longitudinal designs. Interest in mental health
Professor Suresh Chhetri Consultant Neurologist Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Neurology, Motor Neuron Disease, end of life care in neurodegenerative conditions
Dr Louise Anne Connell Reader in Rehabilitation University of Central Lancashire Physiotherapist, research into neurological rehabilitation and implementation science
Dr Sarah Cotterill Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research and Statistics University of Manchester Broad knowledge of research methodology and statistics with particular expertise in non-pharmaceutical randomised controlled trials and feasibility studies plus focus on behaviour change
Professor Hedley Emsley Consultant Neurologist Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Neurology, stroke, cerebrovascular disease, and the neurovascular-neurodegenerative interface, including the role of inflammation/infection, novel imaging 
Professor Dharani Hapangama Reader in Gynaecology University of Liverpool Academic gynaecologist, expertise in a research methodology (basic science to clinical trials) in endometriosis and endometrial cancer, clinical expertise in managing all gynaecological pathology
Ms Judith Jones Public Member    
Professor Jamie Kirkham Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics University of Liverpool Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis, Evidence-based medicine, Outcomes- based research, Reporting Guidelines
Mrs Rita Long Public Member    
Dr John Marshall Public Member    
Professor Kevin Munro Professor of Audiology University of Manchester Director of research for the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD): Bridging basic and translational hearing research
Professor Matthew Peak Director Alder Hey Hospital Research methodology, paediatrics, research facilitation, knowledge mobilisation
Dr Andrew Sharp Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics University of Liverpool Obstetrics
Professor Rod H Stables Consultant Cardiologist Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Minimally Invasive Valve Replacement, Clinical Trial Design, Conduct and Reporting, Outcomes Analysis
Dr William Whittaker Lecturer in Health Economics University of Manchester Health economist with methodological expertise in applied health research (econometrics), in particular: resource allocation in health care, access to health care, health inequalities
Dr Mark Wilberforce Senior Research Fellow in Social Care University of York Social care and social work research in adult community services, including mental health and older people. Methodological interest in measurement and psychometrics.
Professor Tracey Williamson Professor of Family Care in Dementia University of Worcester Public engagement and user involvement in research. Research with and for older adults
Dr Dan Wootton Clinical Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine University of Liverpool  Clinical Research Respiratory Medicine Plumonary Immunology Pneumonia Respiratory Infection