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RD&E researchers commended for work at NIHR awards


Two RD&E researchers have been recognised for their significant contribution to commercial research in the NHS by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).


Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Tariq Ahmad and Consultant in Geriatric Medicine Dr Joe Butchart both received awards at a prestigious event hosted at the British Medical Association in London this February.


The event recognised and celebrated the expertise of Principal Investigators (PIs) who are responsible for NIHR supported research sites, ensuring that patients are appropriately recruited into commercial research studies.


Dr Tariq Ahmad, who is also the Clinical Research Specialty Lead for the NIHR Clinical Research Network: South West Peninsula, received an award in the ‘Consistently delivers to time and target category’.


Dr Joe Butchart was recognised in the ‘Developing Innovative models of recruitment and commercial study delivery’ category.


The NIHR is the research arm of the NHS and is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR Clinical Research Network: South West Peninsula is hosted by Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.


Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health Professor Chris Whitty said: “Principal Investigators continue to play a crucial role in the NIHR Clinical Research Network’s substantial progress in the growth and delivery of commercial contract research in the NHS. As we mark 10 years of the NIHR, we are delighted to celebrate the achievements of Principal Investigators which should inspire a new generation of research leaders.”

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