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Research exhibition showcases multi-disciplinary studies

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Event judges Shouvik Haldar, consultant cardiologist, and Haifa Lyster, consultant pharmacist, discuss psychology assistant Anna Bootle's poster

01 November 2017

Researchers from across Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals gathered on Monday 30 October for the annual research showcase for allied health professionals (AHP), health care scientists (HCS) and nurses. The event, organised by the AHP, HCS and nurses research committee, celebrated the fantastic research projects led by non-medical staff across the Trust.  

A study into factors that could cause obesity in post heart transplant patients was given the new ‘public choice’ award.

The poster, by cardiac and thoracic dietician Rupal Patel, looked at the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and factors such as a patient’s nutritional knowledge, physical activity, and quality of life.

Judging took place over two and a half hours, after which six researchers gave oral presentations about their projects. Consultant allergy dietician Dr Isabel Skypala then gave the keynote lecture: “Research into adult food allergy – not just a load of nuts”.

On the impact of the research presented at the event, Dr Skypala said: “When I first started working here, there were only a few non-medical members of staff that took an interest in research. The interest has spread, and now a huge range of different disciplines are displayed at these events – which says a lot about the support within the Trust for research.

“The amount these members of staff can do within their normal working lives shows that we can all do research. A lot of these studies often do something quite small that contributes to a much bigger picture, which ultimately ends in better care for patients.”

Gill Raikes MBE, CEO of Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, presented the awards, commenting that the research breakthroughs made at the Trust are often the inspiration for donors to support the charity.

She added: “The money that comes from our donors is very largely due to our research. We would be nowhere without donors, and frankly there are donors who would be nowhere without you – so, thank you all for making that possible.”

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