Xavier Griffin, former Warwick CL
Becoming a clinical academic is really about training for two different but complimentary careers – this is where the University of Warwick really helped me. The quality of the clinical training, centred around UHCW NHS Trust is excellent, and the quality of the people delivering academic training is exceptional. The NIHR programme puts you in the spotlight but does mean that the University staff are really focussed on you and your academic training needs.
I had access to other senior clinical academics to go to for ideas, collaborations and networks – but I also had access to the Graduate School programmes, translational skills training, a clinical trial unit with expert methodological staff and a medical school with disciplines from statistics to health economics to thematic analysis of patient experiences.
I was able to take a germ of a research idea and work it up all the way, from proposal to funding to permissions and finally delivery and reporting. This was supported throughout so that I was successful in getting my project completed. This core grounding in how clinical research actually gets done has been key to my current success.
Daniel Perry, former Warwick CL
Becoming an academic trainee in Warwick enabled me to understand how nuts-and-bolt of research. For me, the experience was far more than what we can read in textbooks about research methods, but it taught me how to actually do research, i.e. the processes required to build a strong grant application and how different research units interact and function. Becoming embedded within the CTU for me was particularly important, and quite daunting at first. Doing large-scale clinical research is about a lot more than writing the protocol! This set me up well for my subsequent work, and particularly made me competitive for a successful application to NIHR to be a Clinician Scientist. I am very grateful to my colleagues and mentors at Warwick for the experience that I was given, and knowledge that I gained.
I am an orthopaedic surgeon and postdoctoral researcher. I completed my PhD entitled Treatments for Femoroacetabular Impingement in 2013 at the University of Warwick and was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedics in 2016. My main research interests are the clinical effectiveness and safety of musculoskeletal interventions and I am currently working on the following research projects: Chief Investigator for a NIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant to examine the safety of tourniquets used in total knee replacement surgery (SAFE–TKR Study - Safety and Feasibility Evaluation of Tourniquets in Total Knee Replacement Surgery), Coapplicant and Co-Investigator for a NIHR HTA grant to examine the comparative effectiveness of treatments for femoroacetabular impingement (FASHIoN Study - Full Randomised Controlled Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Hip Impingement versus best coNventional Care) and Chief Investigator on a NIHR study to examine the comparative effectiveness of periarticular infiltration versus femoral nerve block for pain relief following total knee replacement surgery (PAKA Study - Perioperative Analgesia for Knee Arthroplasty).
Hendramorthy Maheswaran, former Warwick CL
I am a Clinical Lecturer in Public Health. I recently completed my PhD examining the cost-effectiveness of HIV self-testing in Blantyre, Malawi. My main focus is examining the use of health economics research methods to answer public health questions, and communicable diseases research. Specifically, I am interested in decision-analytical modelling; psychometrics and econometrics.
Terence Jones, CL
After qualifying as a dentist in 1999 I worked in a variety of dental positions within primary and secondary care (including oral & maxillofacial surgery and paediatric dentistry). In 2006 I graduated in medicine from the University of Birmingham, and after completing Foundation training embarked on a career in clinical radiology, with a subspecialty interest in head and neck imaging. I completed my fellowship examinations for the Royal College of Radiologists in 2012. I joined the University of Warwick in 2011 as a Clinical Research Fellow. During this time I completed my PhD in the identification and characterisation of brown adipose tissue on positron-emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Thereafter I was appointed NIHR Academic Clinical lecturer in Radiology, and my time is currently divided between Warwick Medical School school and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust. Research interests include head and neck imaging; brown adipose tissue and tissue characterisation on MRI (with a particular interest in myositis).
Hassan Kahal, former Warwick CL
I am an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Warwick. I am in the final year of specialty training (ST7) in Diabetes and Endocrinology. My clinical and research work is mainly conducted at the Warwickshire Institute for the Study of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (WISDEM Centre), University Hospital Coventry. I have a special interest in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and obesity. My current research examines the effects of obstructive sleep apnoea on the health of women with PCOS. In 2013, I completed a PhD at Hull York Medical School; the focus of my research was the role of obesity on cardiovascular risk, in particular platelet function, in women with PCOS.
Aisha Janjua, CLI am currently an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. I completed my MD in Clinical and Experimental Medicine from the University of Birmingham. I’m based at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, where I work as a senior registrar. I have previously held posts at Birmingham Women’s Hospital as a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Honorary Clinical Lecturer. My current research interests are in maternal medicine, especially diabetes and high blood pressure in pregnancy.