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Academic Clinical Fellow Testimonials

James Masters, former Warwick ACF

I was an orthopaedic trainee with an interest in surgical site infection (SSI). Initially I had looked at what could be learnt from the use of novel genomic techniques in the pathogenesis of SSI. Latterly I looked to set up a trial comparing the effect of incisional negative pressure wound therapy on rates of infection in the hip fracture cohort.

Tim Robbins, former Warwick ACF

My research interests focus around the Health Informatics and Healthcare Processes associated with chronic disease management, in particular Endocrine/Metabolic disorders. My work has contributed to the Royal College of Physicians Future Hospitals Commission Report and NHS England's Winter Planning. I work across Warwick Medical School and the Institute of Digital Healthcare at Warwick University. I have additional interests in the interplay between postgraduate clinical training and patient care, with projects considering the safe changeover of trainees, improved consent training, and facilitating medical leadership and management.

Rochelle Velho, former ACF

I am a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in ACCS-Anaesthesia and Intensive Care with rotations within the West Midlands Deanery. I am also undertaking a part-time Masters in Public Health at the University of Warwick in tandem with my clinical commitments. My primary research interests are in critical care

medicine with translational research applications from the aerospace medical sector.

Ben Perry, former ACF

My research interests lie primarily in the constantly blurring boundary between physical health conditions and psychiatry. This has led to me completing work on the link between diabetes and schizophrenia with regards to inflammation and neuroinflammation; diabetes, depression and ethnicity - again via inflammation
and neuroinflammation, and some work on biomarkers in bipolar affective disorder. I also have an interest in the impacts of the Mental Health Act, and have been involved two studies - one quantitative and one qualitative on this topic so far.


Chris Bannon cropped finalChristopher Bannon, ACF

I am a second-year academic clinical fellow in Diabetes and Endocrinology. My first year was focused on completing MRCP and the majority of the clinical components of core medical training. This year I have a 9-month period to run an ongoing clinical trial in the Human Metabolic Research Unit regarding new medication for adrenal insufficiency and Addison’s disease, and subsequent metabolic effects. My previous research has included entero-endocrine hormone expression at the University of Cambridge and new onset diabetes in renal transplant patients during my academic foundation programme at University of Leicester.


Vlad ParaoanVlad Paraoan, ACF

I am an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (ST2) in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, with research interests in the design and testing of prostheses/implants, particularly in the field of limb reconstruction/amputation. My Bioengineering and Medical degrees from the University of Cambridge have prepared me well for a research career in this area, and give me a unique skill set that is highly amenable to this specialist academic surgical practice. This year I will also start my Masters in Health Research at the University of Warwick.

michaelthomas_image.jpgMichael Thomas, ACF

The project we are pursuing has arisen from some recent research from within the department that has suggested that a poorly understood membrane protein has some significance in Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLSC). The intention of the ACF project is to investigate what this role might be and could there be any therapeutic interventions applied to it? I hope to develop a better appreciation of sound research techniques and statistical analysis that would help in future research opportunities throughout my career. I would also hope to apply some of these to the field of head and neck pathology coming from a dental and medical background.


Emily Smith, ACF

I am a Public Health ACF. My research interests are in maternal and child health, with particular interests around the early years and child and adolescent mental health.

Alex SchadeAlexander Schade, ACF

I am a trauma and orthopaedic academic clinical fellow interested in trauma in low and middle income countries. Globally, trauma kills
more than HIV, malaria and TB combined and it is estimated that 5 billion people don’t have access to safe and affordable surgical care. Having spent time doing research in Uganda and in Cambodia, I am now completing a Masters in Public Health at the University of Warwick and my PhD application will focus on outcomes of open tibia fractures in Malawi.


Michael Rimmer, ACF

Currently, I am an academic clinical fellow in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. I have a broad range of research interests, in particular translational work surrounding the role of infection in recurrent miscarriage. I am currently working on establishing the link between poor pregnancy outcomes and endometrial inflammation with the view to setting up a clinical trial and undertaking a PhD.

sarah_hillman_image_cropped.jpgSarah Hillman, ACF

I am an ACF in Primary Care and a trainee on the Coventry and Warwickshire GP VTS programme. I started my career as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainee and gained research skills as an ACF (at the University of Warwick) and then Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham gaining my PhD in 2014. I am now pursuing a career as an Academic GP after changing training schemes in 2015. My current research interests lie in the areas of Women’s health and Genetics in Primary Care. Primary Care is undergoing many challenges and transitions and I believe that well conducted research rather than political “sound bites” will be the key to successful change. The Primary Care Unit at Warwick is successful and expanding. If you have interest in becoming an academic GP (trainee or post CCT) please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Toby Rowland, ACF

I am a third year ACF in psychiatry and my current research interests include the epidemiology and risk factors of early psychosis and bipolar disorders, how these affect the outcomes of these disorders, and the utility of biomarkers in psychiatric illness. I have been involved in a number of projects in these areas so far in my ACF post and am hoping to undertake a PhD to continue my clinical academic career.