Lancaster Health Hub Outputs

A selection of outputs arise from engagement and collaboration activities across the Hub Partnership network, including income, publications, events and workshop tools.

'Noisy knees' - a new biomarker

Acoustic emission as a non-invasive biomarker for quantitative dynamic assessment of knee joint repair in clinical trials and stratified medicine, led by Prof John Goodacre of Lancaster University in conjunction with collaborators from HEI, industry and Hub Partners. Started January 2014 [£560,000 MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme]

A new marker for autism from biomedical physics

A new marker for autism spectrum disorder in children based on the nonlinear analysis of complexity & synchronization in EEG waves, led by Prof Aneta Stefanovska in conjunction with colleagues at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. [£152,839 supported by Action Medical Research]

A randomised controlled feasibility trial

The renoprotective benefits of leukodepletion for patients undergoing heart valve surgery, led by Mr Gus Tang from the Lancashire Cardiac Centre at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in conjunction with collaborating colleagues from Lancaster, Bristol and Oxford Universities and Hub Partner Trusts. Starting 2013 [£240,000 NIHR Research for Patient Benefit].

Patients safety Cochrane reviews

Professor Andy Smith at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay is developing a series of Cochrane Reviews, related to patient safety, in collaboration with the Cochrane Anaesthesia Group based in Denmark, funded by NIHR. A proportion of this fund supports a Senior Research Associate, appointed for the 3 year project, based at Lancaster University. Additional funding was awarded by the European Society of Anaesthesia for systematic review and meta analysis of enhanced recovery programmes for surgical patients. [£166,192]

NIHR Clinical Lecturership

Dr Jane Martindale was awarded a 3-year NIHR Clinical Lectureship to undertake clinical studies on “Ankylosing Spondylitis throughout the life course”, which involves establishing a cohort of patients for long term observational studies, in collaboration with NHS partners. Additional funding was awarded for a research associate and NIHR allied health professionals intern both based at Lancaster University. [£155,116]

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships

In 2011 the Faculty of Health and Medicine was awarded two NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACF) and an NIHR Clinical Lectureship annually to support the training of local clinical research leaders of the future. The first ACF commenced his fellowship in September 2012. The University receives £4,500 to provide training over a three period.