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Round up: NHS Research Scotland 2018 Conference

Round up: NHS Research Scotland 2018 Conference

30th October 2018

Scotland's vibrant research environment showcased at NHS Research Scotland's seventh annual conference.

Under the theme NHS at 70: the impact of research then, now and in the future the conference reflected on the accomplishments, milestones, innovations and breakthroughs have been made in the NHS over the last 70 years; demonstrated the translation of research and innovation into excellent individual healthcare, and discussed the role of research in shaping the NHS of the future.

It was a full programme but a strong reflection of Scotland’s vibrant research environment and presentations and posters from the day are now available to view from the links below.

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Morning Plenary

Professor Jason Leitch, Director of Healthcare Quality and Improvement, Scottish Government, Dr Allison Worth, Patient and Public Involvement Advisor, Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility and patients Olivia Fulton and Elisabeth Ehrlich opened the 2018 conference sharing the significant achievements in our health service of the last 70 years and the impact of research in transforming health and patient care.

Parallel Sessions

Patients at the heart of research

Session Chair, Allison Worth, Patient & Public Involvement Advisor, Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility and Jane Clark, Patient Ambassador

The role of the patient has evolved dramatically over the past decade. Not only are patients increasingly more involved in their healthcare decision making, they are also passionate advocates with a role in all stages of clinical research. Patients with health conditions and their caregivers are experts in their own right, visiting specialists, learning ways of coping with chronic or acute conditions, and holding valuable insight into what it’s like to experience a condition. This session places patients at the heart of research showcasing new Public Involvement standards, current work to actively involve patients and the public in research and an opportunity to learn more about attitudes, preferences, and ways of involving members of the public in research and governance processes.

  • PPI in Nursing and Health Care research, Professor Bridget Johnston, Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair in Clinical Nursing Practice Research, University of Glasgow
  • Improving public awareness of clinical research, Emma Berry, Study Support & Trials Feasibility Co-ordinator, NHS Grampian and Mariella D’Alessandro, CRF Manager, NHS Grampian

Precision Medicine: development, delivery and collaboration

Session Chair, Dr Ed Hutchinson, Precision Medicine Strategy Lead at Scottish Enterprise

Precision medicine is capable of spurring a revolution in healthcare, bringing the prospects of earlier diagnosis, more effective treatment, cost savings and better patient outcomes. Following the recent Science and Innovation Audit on Precision Medicine Innovation in Scotland this session will outline Scotland’s strengths in precision medicine; outlining capabilities and vision, to showcase Scotland as one of the best places in the world to develop and deliver precision medicine and build international collaborations at scale.

  • NAFLD - where are we now where do we need to be, Professor John Dillon, Professor of Hepatology and Gastroenterology and NRS Clinical Lead – Hepatology, University of Dundee
  • Future MS: Developing predictive tools, Dr Peter Connick, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Regenerative Neurology, University of Edinburgh

Convergence: the future of health

Session Chair, Professor Patricia Connolly, Director of the Strathclyde Institute of Medical Devices

Convergence is the principle of integrating engineering, physical sciences, computation, and life sciences disciplines, with profound benefits for the future of medicine and health. This session will explore current projects in Scotland that integrate specialised skills from a range of disciplines. It will explore the benefits, the challenges and ways of advancing collaboration to solve real-world problems.

  • Development of wearable and home monitoring devices for digital healthcare, Professor Patricia Connolly, Director of the Strathclyde Institute of Medical Devices
  • VAMPIRE: mining the eye for biomarkers, achieving effective interdisciplinarity, Professor Emanuele Trucco, VAMPIRE Project Director, School of Science & Engineering, University of Dundee
  • The Proteus Team: Moving Together, Professor Kev Dhaliwal, Chair of Molecular Imaging and Healthcare Technology and Honorary Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Data: driving improved treatment

Session Chair, Dr Roma Armstrong, Senior R&D Manager, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Developing and applying cutting edge data science approaches in order to address the most pressing health research challenges facing the public is the aim of HDR-UK, set up in the latter part of 2017. With six sites across the UK, the Scottish site capitalises on our world-leading health and informatics research capabilities and exceptional data assets. This session will explore use of health and biomedical data in Scotland to drive advances in research feasibility, delivery and pharmacovigilance.

  • Impact of HPV vaccine in cervical cancer prevention; Scottish data and linkage, Professor Maggie Cruikshank, R&D Director, NHS Grampian

  • Using data science to keep the Glasgow Coma Scale aHead of the curve, Dr Paul Brennan, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Neurosurgery and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon, NHS Lothian, University of Edinburgh

  • The power of data science for mental health research, Professor Daniel Smith, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Glasgow

Harnessing our research workforce*

Session Chair, Shona McDermott, Education Manager, Glasgow Clinical Research Facility

A highly skilled workforce is essential to support increasing levels of high quality health research, and strengthen Scotland’s ability to respond to current and future medical research challenges. This session will showcase the vital role of nurses and allied health professionals in leading and delivering high quality, patient-centred research across Scotland. It will highlight the opportunities available to the research workforce to develop skills and talent across a range of dynamic projects.

  • *NRS Career Researcher Fellowship: Supporting patients and family members with their experience of critical illness, Corrienne McCulloch, Lead Research Nurse and NRS Research Fellow in Critical Care, NHS Lothian (presentation available on request via
  • Combining clinical practice with research, Dr Jenny Preston, Consultant Occupational Therapist, Clinical Lead Neurological Rehabilitation, NHS Ayrshire & Arran and Chair, Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Neurological Practice
  • Strangers in a strange land, Jo Singleton, Senior Research Nurse, RIE CRF, NHS Lothian


Afternoon Plenary

The Scottish Genomes Project: Taking Genome Analysis into Healthcare, Professor Zosia Miedzybrodzka, Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of Aberdeen

NRS Conference 2018 posters

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