This page brings together inspiring stories of how current clinical academics entered their fields to illustrate the diversity of roles fulfilled by those in the profession. Clinical academics come from all backgrounds and every clinical academic post is different, depending on the specialism, experience, and interests of the individual.
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Professor Chris Vernazza
Professor Chris Vernazza is Head of the Dental School & Professor of Oral Health Services at Newcastle University. Professor Vernazza's research interests are in the field of oral health services research, specifically health economics.
Greig Taylor is a Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry and current NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow based at Newcastle University. Greig's main research interests are in child oral health care pathways, applying economic techniques in oral health and patient and public involvement in research.
Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald
Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald is Professor of Cancer Prevention at the University of Cambridge and Director, Early Cancer Institute. She is also Honorary Consultant in Gastroenterology at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. The focus of her research group is to improve methods for early detection of oesophageal cancer through better understanding of the molecular pathogenesis.
Professor Muzlifah Haniffa
Professor Muzlifah Haniffa is a dermatologist pioneering the applications of single cell genomics technologies to understand tissue homeostasis, immunity and disease pathogenesis. A major research goal of her laboratory is to decode the development and functional maturation of the human immune system.
Dr Jane Freeman
Dr Jane Freeman is a Clinical Scientist in Microbiology within Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and has been a Visiting Researcher at the University of Leeds since 2015. Dr Freeman’s research interest is in healthcare associated infections, in particular C. difficile and antimicrobial resistance.
Dr Ifeoma Offiah
Dr Ifeoma Offiah is an NIHR Clinical Lecturer and Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology working at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and the University of Plymouth. Her primary research area of interest is Bladder Pain Syndrome and identifying novel therapeutic targets for its management.
Professor Debbie Sharp
Professor Debbie Sharp OBE is Professor of Primary Health Care at the University of Bristol and Head of School of Clinical Academic Training at the Severn Deanery. She obtained one of the first Mental Health Foundation GP Research Training Fellowships and was awarded an OBE for services to primary care. Prof Sharp's research interests are centred around women's health and mental health.
Dr Elizabeth Li
Dr Elizabeth Li is a Surgical Registrar, an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow in Surgical Devices and Innovation, and Chair of the West Midlands Research Collaborative. Elizabeth's main areas of research include global surgery and surgical technology.
Professor Lucy Chappell
Professor Lucy Chappell is an NIHR Research Professor in Obstetrics at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and has recently been appointed as next Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care.
Professor Andrew Grace
Professor Andrew Grace is a Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge and Honorary Professor of Experimental Cardiology at the University of Cambridge. Professor Grace has conducted ground-breaking studies in experimental cardiology, most notably his work on the genetics and mechanisms underlying cardiac arrythmias.
Dr Natalie Blencowe
Dr Natalie Blencowe is a Consultant Upper GI Surgeon at the University Hospital Bristol and an MRC Clinician Scientist and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Trials at the University of Bristol. Dr Blencowe is interested in designing better surgical trials and evaluating the introduction of innovative procedures, techniques and devices into clinical practice.
Professor Duncan Richards
Professor Duncan Richards is Professor of Clinical Therapeutics at the Univeristy of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU) as well as the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre’s Musculoskeletal Co-theme Lead. Duncan is working with a diverse range of Oxford biomedical researchers and more widely with the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostics industries, in order to drive new drug treatments through decision-making in early phase clinical trials.
Dr James Field
Dr James Field is the Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Dentistry at the University of Cardiff. James is a Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry and Honorary Consultant in Prosthodontics, and a National Teaching Fellow.
Mr James Glasbey
Mr James Glasbey is a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow in Global Surgery at the University of Birmingham. He is a general surgery registrar of Birmingham and has a keen interest clinical academic careers and sits as a representative on the Clinical Academic Training Forum (CATF).
Dr Jess Watson
Dr Jess Watson is a GP and NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer with an interest in how GPs use tests in primary care. Dr Watson's research uses a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods to answer questions about when doctors should use blood tests, how they should interpret results, and how to share information about tests with patients.
Dr Pippa Bailey
Dr Pippa Bailey is a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Renal Medicine, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist. Her research areas focus on understanding and overcoming barriers to living-donor kidney transplantation and have won her the AEG Raine Award by the Renal Association.