My research inspiration

Hear from NIHR researchers on what inspires them. Find out what drives them, the challenges they face and the role the NIHR has played in their successes. 

 

Professor Robbie Foy’s drive to question the status quo and promote evidence-based healthcare has inspired his career in implementation research. He has received funding from the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit and Programme Grants for Applied Research Programmes to understand and evaluate ways of closing the gaps between evidence and practice, with the goal of improving health outcomes and reducing variations in care.

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Professor Martin Orrell has led a number of large studies in dementia, helped by several awards from NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research. He outlines the inspiration behind his latest research - the Valuing Active Life In Dementia (VALID) trial.

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Dr Pete Culmer and Richard Hall outline how they developed a device to aid laparoscopic surgery, with the help of an award from the NIHR Invention for Innovation Programme.

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Professor Alan Silman describes his research on making informed decisions about if and when to conduct hip joint replacement surgery in osteoarthritis. The study is funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme.

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Professor Fang Gao, Senior Investigator, describes how she forged academic and clinical excellence in anaesthesia and critical care medicine with NIHR funding and support.

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Dr Andrew Appelboam talks about his research into the modified Valsalva manoeuvre, funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme.

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Professor Neena Modi describes her work on the National Neonatal Research Database, funded by NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research.

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Professor Nick Dale tells us about a point-of-care device for the detection of stroke, made possible by NIHR Invention for Innovation funding.

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Professor Anne Forster tells us about her research motivation and the role the NIHR has played in helping her succeed as a physiotherapist with an academic career.

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More profiles to follow, look out for them in the NIHR Funding and Support newsletter.