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MLS bursary award holder wins national prize for clinical research work.
01 Mar 2016
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network announced the winners of the research awards run in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians (the College). The award scheme recognises outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees who are active in research.
The College awarded two prizes The trainee research award was presented to Dr Christopher McAloon, MLS bursary award holder, Cardiology Research Fellow and PhD Candidate currently out-of-program from cardiology specialty training within the West Midlands Deanery.
Clinical training was the start of his research journey. He said:
“During clinical training, I developed a passion for cardiovascular medicine and research in particular. I secured a place on the cardiology specialty training rotation in the West Midlands Deanery in 2011.
“I had a particular interest in heart failure and cardiac resynchronisation therapy when the opportunity arose to undertake a PhD in this field, out of program, at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire and the University of Warwick. I’m fortunate to work alongside an innovative and forward thinking research and clinical cardiology team, who put clinical research as a top priority.
“Alongside my own study, I had a great opportunity to become involved in the NIHR cardiovascular research trials within the hospital trust. This has been a great learning opportunity to develop my core research skills and consider a future career in academic cardiology.
“I am delighted to be the first trainee to be awarded this research award.”
Chris was awarded his prize at the prestigious Royal College of Physicians Harveian Lecture in London. The award panel stated that Dr McAloon submitted particularly impressive evidence of outstanding clinical research leadership that has had an impact which went well beyond improving research activity in a single specialty.