UK Critical Care Research Groups


Queen Mary University of London

Critical Care and Peri-operative Medicine Group

Mutidisciplinary Group

Within our team we have a wide range of research expertise allowing us to tackle research questions through a variety of research methods from laboratory experiments to large clinical trials, epidemiological studies and qualitative research. Our research is carried out at our hospitals: the Royal London, St Bartholomew's, Newham, Whipps Cross and in the laboratory facilities at the William Harvey Research Institute.

Our Group

  • Rupert Pearse

  • Gareth Ackland

  • John Prowle

  • Zudin Puthucheary

  • Yize Wan

  • Tim Stephens

  • Tom Abbott

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Supervise Higher Degrees?

Yes

Offer Research Fellowships?

Yes, for medical and non-medical staff

Our Research Themes

  • Perioperative medicine

  • Acute kidney injury

  • Implementation Science

  • Data Science

  • Acquired Functional Disability

  • Global Health

  • Translational Research


Manchester Academic Critical Care (MACC)

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Mutidisciplinary Group

Manchester Academic Critical Care (MACC) is a collaboration between The University of Manchester’s teaching hospitals. Our research focuses on data synthesis and hypothesis testing in the critically ill. We develop research skills in local researchers and trainees through placements on our projects. We conduct novel and innovative primary research, partner with industry, and support recruitment to NIHR portfolio studies.

 

Our Group

Prof Paul Dark

NIHR Specialty Cluster Lead. Professor, Critical Care.

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Dr Tim Felton

Senior Clinical Lecturer. Theme lead (precision diagnostics)

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Prof Brendan McGrath

DAS Honorary Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management. Theme lead (airways & tracheostomy)

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Prof Andrew Bentley

MAHSC Honorary Professor. Theme lead (acute respiratory failure)

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Prof Dan Horner

RCEM Prof and Hon Senior Lecturer

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Dr Peter Alexander

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Academic Consultant Speech & Language Therapist. Intensive Care Society AHP lead

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Sarah Wallace OBE

Academic Consultant Speech & Language Therapist. Intensive Care Society AHP lead

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Dr Gareth Kitchen

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer

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Dr Jonathan Bannard-Smith

Honorary Clinical Lecturer

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Dr Anthony Wilson

Honorary Clinical Lecturer

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Supervise Higher Degrees?

Yes. Read examples here

Offer Research Fellowships?

Yes. Medical and non-medical opportunities for a wide range of staff at all levels. Flexible opportunities to combine research roles with clinical commitments with support to undertake full or part-time higher degrees.

Our Areas of Study

Our purpose is to develop a collaborative academic centre of excellence with an international reputation, delivering significant benefits to critically ill patients in Manchester and beyond.

Our priority areas are:

  • rapid diagnosis and optimal precision management of infection;

  • optimal management of acute and chronic respiratory failure;

  • optimal management of tracheostomy and the airway;

  • preparation, perioperative management and rehabilitation of high-risk surgical patients who require critical care.

Methodologies

Our research focuses on data synthesis and hypothesis testing in the critically ill.

We collaborate with industry to deliver a diverse portfolio of trials.

We have a strong track record in securing grant funding to answer new questions.

We deliver NIHR portfolio studies across the 11 hospital sites in our Trust.


Queen’s University of Belfast Critical Care Research Group

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Mutidisciplinary Group

The Belfast critical care research group is a highly productive, growing, multidisciplinary research group encompassing all aspects of critical illness.

We have a range of interests from basic science, translational research, clinical trials and evidence synthesis, encompassing paediatric and adult emergency medicine, critical care, and perioperative medicine. Our diverse background includes scientists, physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.

We work closely with the Intensive Care Units at Royal Victoria Hospital (regional trauma and neurosurgical centre, 32 beds) and Belfast City Hospital (elective surgery, haem-oncology centre, 10 beds), and with other clinical departments in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine in which we are based is a state-of-the-art research environment for laboratory science, and we work closely with the NI Clinical Research Facility for early phase clinical trials.

We welcome interest from potential collaborators, students, or research fellows, and are always happy to discuss opportunities to come and work with us, either in person here in Belfast or remotely wherever you are.

 

Our Group

Prof Danny McAuley

Professor of Critical Care, QUB / Consultant in Critical Care Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

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Prof Bronagh Blackwood

Professor in Critical Care, QUB

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Prof Cecilia O’Kane

Professor of Respiratory Medicine/ Consultant Respiratory Physician Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

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Prof Judy Bradley

Director of the Wellcome Trust-Wolfson Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility / iREACH User Lead

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Prof Ronan McMullan

Consultant Microbiologist, Belfast HSC Trust / Professor of Medical Microbiology, QUB

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Dr Bronwen Connolly

Senior Lecturer, Critical Care, QUB

Academic Consultant Speech & Language Therapist. Intensive Care Society AHP lead

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Dr Jon Silversides

Clinical senior lecturer in Critical Care, QUB / Consultant in Critical Care & Anaesthesia, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust / Co-lead for NI Clinical Research Network critical care group

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Dr Murali Shyamsundar

Consultant in Critical Care, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

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Dr Thomas Waterfield

Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics / Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine / Vice-Chair Paediatric Emergency Research in the UK and Ireland Network

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Supervise Higher Degrees?

Yes. 

Offer Research Fellowships?

Yes.

Our Areas of Study

  • Acute respiratory failure and ARDS (DMcA / MS/ BC / CO’K)
  • Respiratory support (DMcA / MS / BC)
  • Sepsis (JS / DMcA / TW)
  • Diagnostics (DMcA / RMcM / TW)
  • Perioperative medicine (JS)
  • Experimental medicine (DMcA / CO’K / JS)
  • Laboratory models of ARDS (CO’K/ DMcA)
  • Stem cells in critical illness (DMcA / CO’K)
  • Critical care trial methodology (BB / DMcA, BC)
  • Rehabilitation in critical illness (BC, DMcA, JB)
  • Long-term outcomes following critical illness (BC / DMcA)
  • Ventilation weaning (BB)
  • Paediatric critical care (TW/BB)
  • Delirium (DMcA / BB)
  • Communication, speech, and swallowing impairment in critical illness (BB/BC)
  • Critical data analytics (MS/DMcA)
  • Paediatric emergency medicine (TW)

Methodologies

  • Clinical trials (Phase I-IV)
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis; scoping reviews
  • Data science
  • Qualitative research (co-design; focus groups, interviews)
  • Process evaluation
  • Observational study designs e.g. cohort, survey, point prevalence
  • Pre-clinical in vitro and ex vivo human models

Key Collaborators

Locally


Surrey Perioperative Anaesthesia Critical Care Collaborative Research group (SPACeR)

 

Places of Work

Our Group

Prof Lui Forni

Professor of Critical Care, QUB / Consultant in Critical Care Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

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Lui’s main research interests are Acute Kidney Injury including the use of novel biomarkers for early detection as well as novel therapies including new pharmaceuticals as well as blood purification techniques.  Further research on kidney replacement therapies investigating effects on myocardial performance and prediction of haemodynamic instability.


Dr Ben Creagh-Brown

Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine

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Ben’s main research interests are the prevention of complications of surgery (pulmonary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological and muscular), and the complications of sepsis, particularly pneumonia.


Both are involved in the international observational study named squeeze (squeezestudy.com) which has recruited over 15,000 perioperative patients to date (Jan 22).

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Supervise Higher Degrees?

Yes. 

Offer Research Fellowships?

Yes.

Royal Surrey offers research fellowships (50:50) in intensive care and/or anaesthesia, with clinical research. We have good experience of supervising MD and PhDs with this arrangement.

Our Areas of Study

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Cardiovascular
  • Delirium/Sedation
  • Ethics/EOL
  • Nutrition/ICU-AW
  • Perioperative
  • Respiratory failure/ARDS
  • Sepsis/ Immunology
  • Fluids/acid-base

Methodologies

  • Basic/translational science
  • Data Science
  • Epidemiology / observational
  • Interventional Trials
  • Pilot/feasibility studies
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