Lancaster Health Hub Outputs

The following is a selection of outputs arising from engagement and collaboration activities across the Hub Partnership network including income, publications, event reports and workshop tools.

Research Funding and Related Income | Publications | Events

Research Funding and Related Income

'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.


Hart A, Sugumar K, Milan SJ, Fowler SJ, Crossingham I. Inhaled hyperosmolar agents for bronchiectasis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD002996. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002996.pub3.

Wilkinson M, Sugumar K, Milan SJ, Hart A, Crockett A, Crossingham I. Mucolytics for bronchiectasis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD001289. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001289.pub2.

Milan SJ, Hart A, Wilkinson M. Vitamin C for asthma and exercise induced bronchoconstriction (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD010391. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010391.

Spencer S, Tang A, Khoshbin E. Leukodepletion for patients undergoing heart valve surgery. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD009507. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009507.pub2.

Welsh EJ, Spencer S, Saba T, Evans DJ, Fowler SJ. Interventions for bronchiectasis: an overview of Cochrane systematic reviews (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD010337. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010337.

Past Events

March 2014: Health and Care Innovation Expo

Lancaster Health Hub hosted a stand at the 2014 Health and Care Innovation Expo. The stand offered Lancaster University and the other Hub partners an opportunity to showcase collaborative research achievements and to raise awareness of the network with a wide healthcare audience. The stand was manned by representatives from the Hub partners (pictured) who joined the core team during the Expo.

September 2013: Primary Care Seminar

Hub Partners attended a seminar hosted at Lancaster University entitled 'Working with Primary Care'. Regional GP research champions outlined their particular research interests and discussed the potential benefits of engaging with clinical commissioning groups.


Professor John Goodacre at Hub launch

September 2012: Hub Launch Conference

The University has launched a major initiative to support collaboration with the public and private sector in research, knowledge exchange and professional development in all areas of Health, Medicine and Social Care.


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