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Key clinicians appointed to lead health research and innovation in Manchester

Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre (MAHSC) is delighted to announce the appointment of four Clinical Academic Section Leads who will join their fellow Enabling Academic Section Leads, announced in November, to spearhead MAHSC’s strategic development. Together with the Director, Chief Operating Officer and Board-level Member representatives, the Academic Section Leads make up MAHSC’s Executive Management Team. The Academic Section Leads take responsibility for the clinical, enabling and education and training themes that are core to delivering the MAHSC strategy and realising the vision “to be a leading global centre for the delivery of innovative applied health research and education into healthcare”. Their remit covers the entire spectrum of activity from ‘molecule to metropolis’, embracing laboratory discovery through to service innovation in the community. The appointments are: Professor Linda Gask - Clinical Academic Section Lead for Mental Health Linda is Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Salford Primary Care Trust. She will also be working closely with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. Her research, teaching and clinical work has been focused improving the quality of care for people with common mental health problems and communication at the interface between primary and specialist mental health care. She trained in medicine in Edinburgh, and in Psychiatry in the North West of England, where she has worked for most of the last thirty years, and is the author of more than 100 academic papers and several books. She has also been a consultant to the World Health Organization. The Mental Health Academic Section will build on key assets in Manchester including the NIHR Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) National Coordinating Centre (with London) and the Centre for Suicide Prevention. Areas of expertise include neurodegenerative disease (fronto-temporal lobe dementia), memory clinics, management of psychosis and bipolar disorders, suicide and self harm prevention and liaison psychiatry. Professor Graeme Black - Clinical Academic Section Lead for Human Development & Genetics Graeme is Professor of Genetics and Ophthalmology at the University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant in Genetics and Ophthalmology at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Graeme is also Director of the Manchester Biomedical Research (BRC). His research interests centre on inherited disorders that are associated with visual disability and blindness, their causes and their management and he has published some 90 papers along with contributions to many books. Graeme qualified in Medicine at Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists as well as a Member of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland. The Human Development & Genetics Academic Section is closely aligned to the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Genetics and Developmental Medicine. Major research capabilities in genetics and pregnancy are supported by extensive clinical expertise within the MAHSC partners including that at the new Royal Manchester Childrens’ Hospital, the largest in the UK. Professor John Radford - Clinical Academic Section Lead for Cancer John is a Consultant in Medical Oncology and Director of Research at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Manchester. He is also the Clinical Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC). John trained at the University of Sheffield and held clinical posts in Sheffield, London, and Exeter before coming to Manchester in 1984. John’s own research interests include new therapies for Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, biomarkers of response and remission duration, treatment related infertility and other late-effects of chemotherapy. He has published over 100 papers in thee areas and authored chapters in several books. The Cancer Academic Section will link directly to the MCRC and build upon the extensive clinical research facilities of the Christie Trust while embracing the considerable expertise amongst the other MAHSC partners. Manchester’s particular strengths include lung, breast and haematology cancers, radiation research and biomarker development. Cancer research at The University of Manchester was No 1 in the national rankings, RAE 2008. Dr Simon Ray – Clinical Academic Section Lead for Cardiovascular Simon is a Consultant Cardiologist at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Reader in Cardiology at the University of Manchester. He is Vice President Elect of the British Cardiovascular Society’s Clinical Standards Division and Immediate Past President of the British Society of Echocardiography. He has authored more than 70 papers and has been a member of the steering committee of several major cardiology trials. Simon qualified in medicine at Bristol and came to Manchester in 1995 having held positions in Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle, Vancouver, Canada, and Liverpool. Diabetes, Stroke and Arrhythmias are key areas of expertise within the Cardiovascular Academic Section while the four implementation themes of the Greater Manchester Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) are heart disease, stroke, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Research in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Manchester was ranked No 4 nationally in the RAE 2008. Academic Section Leads in Inflammation & Repair and Education & Training will be appointed soon, completing the MAHSC Executive Management Team.