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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.

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.

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.

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.

Adam Boulton, ACF

I am an ACF in Intensive Care Medicine and my research interests lie in critical care and perioperative medicine. The ACF programme has allowed me to undertake a multi-centre study examining moral distress on the ICU, funded by the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia and supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network portfolio. The project will characterise moral distress for the first time in UK ICUs and inform future work to combat its deleterious effects. Additionally, I am designing a project to better identify the absolute and relative postoperative blood pressure range associated with optimal patient outcomes. ​

Mohamed Alanie

Muhamed Alanie, ACF

I am an Academic Clinical Fellow in Trauma and Orthopaedics. I undertake research on various Orthopaedic topics, however my specific interests relate to trauma, hip and knee surgery and prosthetic joint infection. I have recently completed a Masters degree which has provided me with a strong foundation to carry out further research in the future. I also enjoy teaching which I find very rewarding, and I am currently working towards a qualification in Medical Education at the University of Warwick.