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UHNM consultant secures prestigious scholarship award

A consultant from University Hospitals of North Midlands has secured a prestigious Clinical Research Network (CRN) scholarship award to develop research skills and training within the field of infection.

Dr Tim Kemp, Infectious Disease Consultant, has secured a two-year scholarship which will allow him to obtain formal research skills training and increase his contribution to local CRN studies within infection.

Working in collaboration with the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland and the University of Keele, Dr Kemp aims to develop further research studies based around aortic graft patients and will continue to research in the areas of antimicrobial resistance and prescribing patterns in Staffordshire.

Dr Kemp said: “I am really excited to have been awarded this scholarship and am very much looking forward to working closely with the research departments at the University of Keele and at UHNM.  Over the next two years I hope to work on a variety of studies including the treatment of certain complex infections and also in the areas of antimicrobial resistance which poses an ever-increasing risk to patient care.  I am very grateful to the Clinical Research Network for offering this opportunity.”

Dr Kamaraj Karunanithi, UHNM Director of Research and Innovation said: “R&I are very pleased for Tim and his CRN Scholarship award. Tim has worked on numerous studies since joining UHNM, most notably as Principal Investigator for the Trust on the RECOVERY trial for COVID therapeutics, which was a major, research study undertaken at the height of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Tim will now work with the teams at R&I and Keele Clinical Trials Unit to develop further research applications which will enable him to become chief investigator of his own large scale studies.”