Dr Mark Samaan, a Clinical Research Fellow in Gastroenterology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and trainee member of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Gastroenterology Specialty Group has recently won the Young Gastroenterologist of the Year 2018 in the area of clinical and translational science presented by the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG).
This, the second of two awards presented to Dr Samaan in less than a year, was given as a result of his role within the Gastroenterology Specialty Group and he said:
“I’m delighted to have won this fantastic award in recognition of my contribution to research and my work within the National Specialty Group. Being part of the CRN has been a great experience and has afforded me the chance to gain a deeper understanding of how research takes place on a national level. I’d like to thank Prof Mark Hull, our National Speciality Lead, for his continued mentorship and would also like to thank my research supervisor at Guy’s & St Thomas’, Dr Peter Irving, for his ongoing support. I very much hope to be in a position to continue actively working as a clinical researcher when I complete my training and become a Consultant next year.”
Dr Samaan's role with the CRN Specialty Group has enabled him to act as an ambassador for clinical research by giving him a platform to present at national, regional and industry sponsored events on the benefits of being involved with trials as a trainee.
Dr Samaan has also played a pivotal role in delivering the first ‘Patient Involvement in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research’ meeting which was supported by Crohn's & Colitis UK, Bowel Disease Research Foundation, Imperial College London and the BSG. The event held in May this year linked patients and members of the public with researchers, and was designed so that patients and the public could play an active role in shaping future study design. The event was oversubscribed and attended by approximately 100 patients and also attracted a great deal of interest from researchers too.
Professor Mark Hull, National Specialty Lead for the Gastroenterology Specialty Group said:
“This is a very well deserved award for Mark. He has been a breath of fresh air to the Specialty Group, particularly with his focus on Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement. Engaged trainees like Mark suggest a bright future for the Network.”