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Professor Charlotte Summers

Professor Charlotte Summers

Professor Charlotte Summers is the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Lead for Critical Care.

Professor Summers graduated in both Biomedical Sciences and Medicine from the University of Southampton, and later undertook a PhD at the University of Cambridge, alongside specialist clinical training in Respiratory (Cambridge) and Intensive Care Medicine (London). Subsequently, Charlotte was appointed as the UK’s first NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine, and awarded both a Fulbright All-disciplines Scholar Award and a Wellcome Trust Fellowship for Postdoctoral Clinician Scientists to undertake research at the University of California, San Francisco. Charlotte returned to Cambridge in 2015, where she is University Professor of Intensive Care Medicine and Director of Clinical Academic Training.

Charlotte’s area of research interest is acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure (including pneumonia and ARDS), where as lead of the Wolfson Lung Injury Unit, she seeks to determine underlying mechanisms of disease to facilitate the development of therapies to improve clinical outcomes. Charlotte is a member of the UK-COVID Therapeutic Advisory Panel and Chief Investigator of HEAL-COVID, the national platform clinical trial aiming to find drug therapies to improve the longer-term clinical outcomes of people who were hospitalised with COVID-19.