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Professor Dark is the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Specialty Cluster Lead for Cluster C (Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management, Critical Care, Health Services Research, Injuries and Emergencies, Dermatology, Mental Health, Primary Care, Public Health, Social Care) and the CRN Deputy Medical Director.
Professor Dark studied undergraduate physics and then medicine. Graduating from The Manchester Medical School in 1989, he went on to study clinical academic surgery, emergency medicine and critical care at the Universities of Glasgow and Manchester in the UK, and at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He was a MRC Clinical Training Fellow, completing a PhD supervised by Professor Rod Little at the MRC Trauma Unit in 2002, where he developed non-invasive technologies to transduce and study dynamic cardio-respiratory responses to tissue injury and haemorrhage.
Appointed by the University of Manchester in 2003, he developed his clinical academic practice in Intensive Care Medicine as Honorary NHS Consultant at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He provides leadership for a programme of work funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) developing and assessing the diagnostic utility of emerging molecular technologies in the setting of sterile tissue injury and severe infection - focused on matrices in blood and breath. Funded by Innovate UK, he has also led a programme of work developing novel technologies aimed at rapid point-of-care infection/sepsis diagnosis and he has advised NICE at a number of diagnostic technology appraisals. Appointed recently as Research Professor in The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at The University of Manchester, he also provides strategic interdisciplinary collaborative leadership and translation of acute care research in low resource settings.