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Research for Patient Benefit - West Midlands 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 Nadine Foster is Chair of the West Midlands Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members

Name  Position  Organisation  Expertise
Professor Prithwish Banerjee Professor/Consultant Cardiologist (heart failure lead)
University Hospital Coventry General cardiology, coronary heart disease including coronary intervention, arrhythmia, endocarditis and cardiac imaging. Heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiorenal disease, palliative care and cardiogenic shock
Professor Matthew Brookes Professor of Gastroenterology Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Gastroenterologist with an expertise in colorectal cancer, cell biology, endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease and anaemia
Blagojevic-Bucknall Senior Lecturer in Statistics Keele University Statistical modelling, Electronic health records, Prediction modelling, Survival analysis, Propensity scores, Treatment-Outcome research, Primary care health research
Mrs Patricia Callaghan  Public Member    
Ms Lynne Carney
 Public Member    
Professor Nachi Chockalingam Professor of Clinical Biomechanics Staffordshire University Understanding and clinical management of musculoskeletal conditions using experimental and computational biomechanics
Dr Judith Cohen
Director, Hull Health Trials Unit University of Hull  Design and management of large multi-centre clinical trials
Professor Thomas Dietrich
Professor of oral surgery University of Birmingham  Clinical Epidemiology/Clinical Trials in Oral Health research, particular wrt Periodontology and Oral Surgery and the link between oral diseases and systemic health outcomes
Mr Keith Elder Public Member    
Dr Sean Ewings Senior medical statistician University of Southampton  
Professor David Fitzmaurice Professor of Cardiorespiratory Primary Care University of Warwick Large scale clinical trials in primary care, especially in the cardiovascular and respiratory fields
Dr Francis Gilchrist Senior Lecturer and Consultant Keele University Cystic fibrosis, paediatric asthma and paediatric flexible bronchoscopy
Dr Steven Marwaha Reader in Psychiatry. Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist University of Birmingham Bipolar Disorder and early intervention
Dr Katie Morris Senior Clinical Lecturer Honorary Consultant Maternal Fetal Medicine University of Birmingham Clinical expertise: prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy, intrauterine growth restriction and high risk obstetrics. Research expertise: prognostic modelling, test accuracy, epidemiology, randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews/meta-analyses
Dr Katie Newby Associate Professor University of Hertfordshire Research interests include development and evaluation of digital health behaviour change interventions, sexual health and infectious disease. Psychology background with skills in systematic reviews, meta-analysis, qualitative and quantitative research
Professor Thomas Pinkney Senior Lecturer and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon University of Birmingham Surgery and surgical trials. large-scale cohort studies and audits, collaborative research, specialist interests in inflammatory bowel disease, laparoscopy, surgical site infection
Professor Sue Read Professor of Learning Disability Nursing Keele University Applied, multidisciplinary health research, qualitative research methods, focus groups, interviews, narrative inquiry, participatory action research, case studies, and biographical research
Dr Abd Tahrani NIHR Clinician Scientist University of Birmingham Obesity, diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy, sleep, circadian rhythm, sleep apnoea, nephropathy, retinopathy, ethnicity, pharmacotherapy, bariatric surgery, observational studies, RCTs
Dr David Terry Senior Lecturer Aston University Service development research including non-medical clinical roles, development of medicines for children and medicines optimisation
Professor Andy Turner Professor of Health Psychology Coventry University Developing and evaluating self-management programmes for people living with or affected by long-term health condition
Dr Jane Warwick Associate Professor in Clinical Trial Statistics University of Warwick Medical statistics, cancer - prevention, risk assessment models and screening, fraility indices as measure of general health, biological ageing and prognosis in the very elderly, genetic data and biomarkers, clinical trials
Ms Helen Weatherly Reader University of York Health economist for economic evaluations of social care interventions, including the design, conduct and analysis of these applied economic evaluations, and related methodological research