Congratulations to Sonia Vartoukian, from the group of William Wade in the Centre for Immunobiology, for winning the Best Offered Paper prize at an international meeting organised by Prof Mike Curtis, Director of the School of Dentistry: 2nd International Conference on Porphyromonas Gingivalis and Related Species in Oral and Systemic Diseases - http://www.dentistry.qmul.ac.uk/Conferences/PgLondon2015/index.html for her presentation "New in-vitro models for the cultivation of previously-uncultivated oral bacteria”.

 

Professor Sandra Eldridge from the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Sandra had the following to say about receiving the prestigious Fellowship: "I was delighted and honoured to receive this fellowship from the Royal College of General Practitioners. For the past 20 years I have regarded academic primary health care as my academic home. I am passionate about enhancing research capacity in this field and improving care to patients and have worked with many wonderful primary care academics up and down the country to do so. Many have been general practitioners and I was thrilled that the work that I have done has been recognised in this way by their Royal College. The presentation ceremony was very enjoyable, with one slightly daunting aspect - the person to receive an honorary fellowship immediately before me was Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England!"

The citation in the program for the award ceremony, written by Prof John Campbell, read as follows: 

"An outstanding advocate and supporter of academic primary care in the UK, Sandra obtained her PhD in Medical Statistics through the University of London in 2005. She has held a variety of increasingly senior posts - a recognition of her expert status and contribution - prior to her present appointment as joint lead in the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health and Professor of Biostatistics at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. She has a track record of outstanding delivery with many high quality academic publications, most of which relate to general practice or primary care. Sandra's specific, and internationally recognised, expertise relates to the design and delivery of cluster randomised clinical trials. This important research design takes account of factors such as the clustering of patients within practices - in interpreting and understanding the results of clinical investigations. She is routinely consulted by many academics on account of this expertise, and her book on the subject is widely acclaimed as accessible, practical and authoritative reference material on the issue.

Sandra has made a wide variety of professional contributions, with roles within the Medical Research Council, the Royal Statistical Society, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Society for Academic Primary Care. In this latter role, she has been a tremendous supporter of academic general practice and primary care in the UK, particularly amongst non-medically qualified scientists working in primary care research. She has served the NIHR with great distinction, with sharp intellect, and with a common-sense approach in the assessment of research. Her work has substantially strengthened the evidence base for what we do in general practice, delivering the statistical expertise needed to ensure robust studies across a wide range of issues. Quite apart from all this, Sandra is a most delightful person and a wonderful team player. Her Honorary Fellowship of our college is thoroughly deserved"

Dr Protima Amon, Clinical Research Fellow in Paediatric Gastroenterology, won 1st prize in the QMUL Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) competition on Thursday 11th June for her talk entitled: “It’s a bug’s life”. Her PhD work examines the bacteria in children who have inflammation in the intestine.

It is supported by the Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association, and by the Barts Charity. She is supervised by Professor Ian Sanderson, Dr William Wade and Dr Andy Stagg who are all based in the Centre for Immunobiology at the Blizard Institute. She will represent QMUL at the national finals in September in Manchester.