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Research Department wins prestigious awards

Newsdate: 11 November 2015Dr Chattopadyay

The Research department at WWL were shortlisted for three awards at the National Institute for Health Research regional awards last week. Following last year’s success of being voted Research team of the year, they were delighted to win two awards and were runners up in two other categories. 

Dr Chandra Chattopadhyay, Consultant Rheumatologist won a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award in recognition of his tremendous impact in rheumatology research. This was a particularly poignant achievement as he is about to retire and demonstrates his lifelong passion and commitment to research.

Chris Birchall Head of Research and Development, Innovation & Clinical Trials says:  “We are thrilled to have also received a special award for our achievement in pulling together the MENCAR (meningitis research) study. This involved collaborating with an external laboratory, Central Manchester hospitals and local colleges. This study was set up and running within a few weeks and although our patient population is significantly smaller than Central Manchester, we managed to recruit in excess of 1400 students onto this study in conjunction with Oxford University, looking at how the meningococcal virus is carried. This important study will inform on the future vaccination programme and will have a positive impact in reducing deaths”. 

The Trust also got runner up for WWL Research Team

  • ‘Research team of the year’ recognising the diversity of the team and how they work hard to support one another and our clinical teams to deliver leading edge research for the benefit of our patients.
  • ‘Best community research contribution’ Again this was in part due to the relationship developed with the local colleges and how the team engaged with the college principles and their teaching staff.

Chris continues: I am incredibly proud of the whole research team and their achievements which are now beginning to receive national recognition.