Research, Development and Innovation


Friday 21 April 2023

Canham Turner, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, HU6 7RX

08:30-09:00Registration and coffee 
09:00-09:05Welcome and Opening Remarks – Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of HullProf Paul Hagan
09:05-09:10Opening Remarks – Chairman, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustMr Sean Lyons
09:15-09:45Keynote Speech – Clinical Director, NIHR Y&H CRNProf Alistair Hall
Chair: Dr Angela Hoye  
09:45-10:05Incidental pulmonary embolism in the cancer patient: the winding road to the Hull ScoreProf Anthony Maraveyas

Microplastics and Cardiac Surgery: Journey of discovery

Redefining the recovery pathway after cardiac surgery

Prof Mahmoud Loubani

Prof Dumbor Ngaage

10:25-10:45World Leading Vascular Research in East YorkshireMr George Smith
10:45-11:15Get connected with coffee 
Chair: Prof Miriam Johnson  
11:15-11:35Leveraging Publicly Available Datasets for Impactful Clinical StudiesDr Harshal Deshmukh

Prevention and Diagnosis of Surgical Site Infection

Is Cardiac Surgery a Trauma? The “Heart of the Matter Study”

Dr Ross Lathan

Dr Francesca Leone

11.55-12:15Evolution of Nursing Research in HUTHNeil Smith and Nurun Tania
12:15-12:35Widening participation in clinical trialsJenny Ubi and Dr Sajida Ita
12:35-14:30Networking lunch and poster exhibits 
Chair: Prof Thozhukat Sathyapalan  
14:30-14:50Addressing the impact of alcohol on secondary care, where are we now?Prof Thomas Phillips
14:50-15:10Real world evidence of efficacy of new treatments in MigraineProf Fayyaz Ahmed
15:10-15:30Integrating research with care: past and futureProf Andrew Clark and Dr Joe Cuthbert
15:30-15:50Leukaemia in pregnancyDr David Allsup
15:50-16:05Future Plans – HYMS PerspectiveProf Una Macleod

Future Plans – HUTH Perspective

Feedback and closing remarks

Prof Makani Purva


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Prof Paul Hagan

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull

Professor Hagan began his career in academia as a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. On completion of his PhD he joined the Medical Research Council Unit at Fajara, The Gambia, in 1981, to begin research on the immunology and epidemiology of human schistosomiasis (a disease caused by a parasitic worm disease which affects hundreds of millions of people in tropical countries around the globe). He continued this work when he moved to join the National Institute for Medical Research in London, developing partnerships with researchers in Egypt, Zimbabwe and many other countries in sub-Sharan Africa.

Professor Hagan is an Advisor to the World Health Organisation on Parasitic Diseases and currently chairs the WHO Guidelines Development Group (GDG) for the control and elimination of schistosomiasis. He holds Honorary Membership of the British Society for Parasitology and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy.

He joins the University of Hull after five years at Robert Gordon University, where he was Vice-Principal (Research) and Deputy Principal. Prior to that, he was Director of Research and Innovation at the Scottish Further and Higher Education Council, where he made many contributions, including establishing Scotland’s Innovation Centre Programme.

Professor Hagan’s career also spans twenty years in various roles at the University of Glasgow, as Head of the Division of Infection and Immunity and Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences. Between 1995-1998, he was seconded from Glasgow to the European Commission in Brussels where he had responsibility for the Parasitology portfolio within the International Cooperation with Developing Countries Programme (INCO-DC).

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Sean Lyons

Sean joined us from Lincolnshire CCG, where he was Chairman until 2021. Prior to this he was Chairman at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust steering the organisation out of special measures and helping to oversee improvements to its CQC rating.

Sean left school before A-levels and went straight into an apprenticeship in the steel industry which he says was hugely enjoyable and gave him a real appreciation for the shop floor .He went on to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA and then made a move to British Steel Stainless in Sheffield. This company merged with a Swedish company and Sean worked his way up to Senior Vice President before a return to Scunthorpe where he took up a Director post running the plates and sections businesses, ultimately becoming Director of the Scunthorpe Steelworks in 2007. He retired from the steel industry in 2011 and then in 2013 made the move to the NHS. Sean is also Chairman of the West Nottinghamshire college in Mansfield, a role he will continue.

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Prof Alistair Hall

Professor Alistair Hall Clinical Director, Clinical Research Network Yorkshire and Humber (CRN Y&H)

Professor Hall is the Clinical Director of NIHR CRN (Yorkshire & the Humber). He is Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Leeds Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, University of Leeds, Personal Chair from 2001 and a Consultant in Cardiology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is also Lead for Yorkshire & Humber Research Network (Cardiovascular, Renal, Endocrine, Diabetes, Stroke). He is focussed on the genetic basis and clinical consequences of premature acute coronary disease. Having obtained a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology (drug therapy) he performed a second period of research training in the field of Molecular Biology (genetics).

He has led a series of large clinical studies that include: AIREX; EMMACE-1; British Heart Foundation Family Heart Study; MRC ADLIB Project; Wellcome Trust Case Control Study; GRACE Project EMMACE-2 SPACE ROCKET Trial. He also has a growing interest and expertise in the topic of cardiac biomarkers – particularly as they relate to acute coronary syndrome evaluation and management.

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Prof Anthony Maraveyas

Professor Anthony Maraveyas is professor of Cancer Medicine at Hull York Medical School. The University of Hull appointed him in 1999 as part of the Post Graduate Medical School foundation team that lead to the establishment of the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) in 2003. He is currently director of the HYMS Clinical Sciences Center (CSC) having previously been the director of Research and Development (R&D) for Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (HUTH).

In his clinical role, he treats patients with Pancreatico-hepatobiliary cancer, melanoma and renal cell carcinoma and leads the cancer trials unit at Castle Hill Hospital. He has held regional roles such as NCRN director for the Yorkshire and Humber region. Amongst his clinical research activity, he has been national chief investigator for a number of studies in cancer-associated thrombosis (CAT) and currently the national (UK) CI for the APICAT study. He has published widely in this field with particular focus on the thromboprophylaxis of the ambulant cancer patient and the management of incidental pulmonary embolism in ambulatory cancer patients. He is Co-Chair of the Cancer and Thrombosis Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) of the international Society in Thrombosis and Hemostasis (ISTH) and has substantial involvement in cancer associated guideline bodies [such as the British Society of Haematology (BSH) and European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO)].

He is the chief investigator of the TEMPAC study in pancreatic cancer and leads a laboratory group in HYMS studying the involvement of the coagulation pathways in the carcinogenesis of pancreatic cancer using bio-informatic platforms.

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Prof Mahmoud Loubani

Professor Mahmoud Loubani has been a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for 14 years and an Honorary Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery for the last 8 years. He has in excess of 120 publications and a number of book chapters and supervised 9 postgraduate degrees in Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has been a PI for a number of studies and a co applicant on a number of successful substantial grants. He also has a large educational portfolio as TPD and Director of a number of courses.

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Prof Dumbor Ngaage

Professor Dumbor Ngaage is a consultant Cardiac surgeon and Clinical Lead for cardiac surgery at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He obtained his primary medical degree from University of Benin, Nigeria, and postgraduate degrees in General Surgery from Nigeria and the UK. He then completed his specialist training in Yorkshire, UK and Mayo Clinic, USA, and holds a Masters’ degree in Clinical Research from The Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.

Prof Ngaage is a certified life coach and mentor, and as Chair of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E) Staff Network at HUTH from 2020 to 2022, pioneered organisational change.

He is an accomplished clinical scientist with multiple NIHR research grants and is well published.

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Mr George Smith

George Smith is a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Vascular Surgery at the Hull York Medical School and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He has also been appointed as one of the Vascular Surgical Specialty Leads at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Chairs the Vascular Access Research Special Interest Group of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He is the Clinical Lead for both the Vascular Surgery unit and the National Wound Care Strategy Programme First Implementation group in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. George has worked as an expert advisor to NICE, NIHR and Industry. He has recently helped to lead a UK national research priority setting exercise with the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland and the James Lind Alliance. George's research interests focus on optimising out comes following amputations, wounds including antibiotic stewardship / resistance and prevention and management of post -operative infections and vascular access for dialysis.

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Harshal Deshmukh

Dr Harshal Deshmukh is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in department of Academic Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Hull. He has trained in Medicine in India, has a Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst USA and PhD in Genetic Epidemiology from University of Dundee, Scotland.

He has done his clinical training in Scotland and North East deanery as a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and the Yorkshire and Humber deanery as a NIHR Clinical Lecturer. During is PhD and post-doctoral fellowship he has looked at the genetic epidemiology aspects of diabetes and complications of diabetes, and pharmacogenetics in diabetes.

His research interests include the genetic determinants of Polycystic Ovary syndrome, effect of novel technologies in diabetes monitoring and treatment and ethnic disparities in diabetes management.

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Dr Ross Lathan

Ross is a Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Clinical Research Fellow in Vascular Surgery and Clinical Educational Facilitator at Hull York Medical School. His research interests include surgical site infection, evaluating innovative diagnostic strategies, prevention measures and environmental impact analysis.

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Dr Francesca Leone

Dr Francesca Leone is a Junior Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery based at Castle Hill Hospital, part of Hull University Teaching Hospitals. She is currently completing her MD before starting Cardiothoracic Surgical training.

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Neil Smith

Neil qualified as a Nurse in September 2000 and spent around 10 years working in critical care. During this time, Neil developed a keen interest in research and has spent the last 10+ years developing both his research delivery and management skills managing large multi-centre studies including being Principal Investigator on a number of NIHR funded studies along with some of his own. In addition he has successfully completed his PhD in Critical Care Nurses’ decision making in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy and has also worked in the private sector with Reckitt as a Clinical Trials Specialist.

He is currently a Senior Research Nurse at Hull University Teaching Hospitals where he has responsibility for the line management of a number of research teams covering which cover a wide range of clinical specialties at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Neil acts as a peer reviewer for the Nursing in Critical Care journal, and the National Institute for Health Research Evaluation, Trial and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) and has been a specialist commentator for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme. He has a number of peer reviewed publications, posters and presentations largely focussed on critical care practice.

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Nurun Tania

Tania is a Hepatology Research Nurse and PhD student with the University of Hull and Hull University Teaching Hospitals. She was awarded a funded part-time scholarship in 2019 as part of the clinical academic collaborative research programme. Tania's PhD is exploring care pathways for patients with alcohol related liver disease.

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Jenny Ubi

Jenny Ubi works as an EMRI Hub Lead for Yorkshire and Humber, based in Hull since 2020. Jenny is currently involved with the Allam Diabetes Centre HRI, supporting the diabetes research which is currently ongoing by building links with different community groups. So far, Jenny has supported in the recruitment of ethnic minority participants into the HbA1c Variation Study. Jenny's interest and desire remains to support ethnic minority people and groups to participate and benefit from research studies which aims to improve their own health outcomes.

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Dr Sajida Ita

Dr Sajida Ita is Director of Teaching Africa CIC, an organisation that enhances teaching, learning and helps students both in the UK and Internationally. She was recently appointed as the president of the HERCF, a women's fellowship which is aimed at supporting women. Dr Ita is a renowned teacher of science and has a BSc Chemistry from the University of Leicester, MSc Medicine Chemistry and Drug Metabolism (Loughborough University and AstraZeneca), PhD Chemistry (University of Hull), PGCE (University of Hull), NPQML, MCCT, MRSC and SLE. Dr Sajida Ita is also a valued Research Participant at HUTH.

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Prof Thomas Phillips

Tom trained as a mental health nurse in Surrey, England and has worked in a variety of settings across London. He was appointed as the first Consultant Nurse in Addiction and held this post with Humber NHS Teaching NHS Foundation Trust Hull, from 2000-2015. Before that, he completed a MSc in Addiction Science at St. George’s, University of London. Tom received a National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Fellowship and completed his PhD in Addiction Science at King’s College London examining the impact of alcohol disorders on hospital admissions and emergency department attendances. He was appointed in 2018 as Professor of Nursing in Addiction, Institute for Clinical Applied Health Research, University of Hull and provides clinical support to the hospital-based Alcohol Care Team, Hull University Teaching NHS Trusts within Hull Royal Infirmary.

As principal investigator on several projects, he focusses on addressing the impact of alcohol use on secondary care; he jointly leads a NIHR funded research consortium conducting a national evaluation of alcohol care teams: ProACTIVE Programme of Research for Alcohol Care Teams: Impact, Value and Effectiveness (ProACTIVE) - NIHR Funding and Awards and is the principal investigator on an NIHR funded evaluation of the Hull Alcohol Assertive Alcohol Team, which has recently been developed to target high need hospital service users. Tom supervises a number of post graduate researchers examining the impact of alcohol withdrawal and alcohol-related liver disease on hospital care.

Tom is a member of the UK alcohol clinical guideline group and member of the NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee on alcohol use disorders. He is a co-opted member of Executive Committee, Faculty of Addictions of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and previously served on the NICE guideline group on alcohol use disorders treatment.

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Prof Fayyaz Ahmed

Fayyaz Ahmed graduated from Dow Medical College, Karachi (Pakistan) in 1986 and moved to the UK after his residency. He was trained at the St James’s University Hospital, Leeds and the Imperial College London where he did his research on migraine. He has been a consultant neurologist in HRI since 1996. He is a former president of the British Association for the Study of Headache, Headache UK, Anglo-Dutch Migraine Association and trustee of the Migraine Trust and Migraine Trust International Symposium. He is currently the treasurer of the International Headache Society and advise the Association of British Neurologist on headache disorders. He authored the latest BASH guidelines and has been on the NICE CG150 guidelines on headache disorders.

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Prof Andrew Clark

Professor Clark is a cardiologist specialising in the field of heart failure. He became a Professor in 2009. He is responsible for running the heart failure service in Hull, and he plays an active role in the day-to-day provision of cardiology services to the population of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.

He is an internationally recognised expert in heart failure. He has published over 400 papers, principally in the field of heart failure, but including papers on primary care and even contraception. He is the senior editor of the Oxford Textbook of Heart Failure. He is a frequently invited speaker to conferences of all sorts.

He is past chair of the British Society for Heart Failure, and is a member of the working groups for Heart Failure and Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology in the European Society of Cardiology. He is past chair of the Heart Failure Alliance, which has led on advising the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heart Failure in its production of its report on heart failure. He chairs steering committees for multicentre clinical trials, is on the National Audit for Heart Failure steering group, and is on the editorial boards of several national and international medical journals.

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Dr Joe Cuthbert

Joe Cuthbert is a Clinical Lecturer in Cardiology at the Hull York Medical School and an ST7 in Cardiology at HUTH. His research interests include venous congestion and use of diuretics in patients with heart failure.

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Dr David Allsup

Dr David Allsup is a Senior Lecturer in Haematology with an Honorary NHS appointment with Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, based in the Queens Centre for Oncology and Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital. He is the local haemophilia director and has additional clinical interests in inherited and acquired platelet disorders. He is also the local lead for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), in which he has a longstanding research interest. His current research interests relate to infection risk in persons with blood cancers, the role of constitutional genetics in the risk of leukaemia progression and supportive care.

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Prof Una Macleod

Dean and Professor of Primary Care Medicine, Hull York Medical School

Una Macleod became Dean of the Hull York Medical School on 1st January 2017. She joined the Medical School in 2010 as Professor of Primary Care Medicine and had previously worked in Glasgow, where she trained in Medicine and had been Senior Lecturer in General Practice and Primary Care and a half-time GP principal in the east end of the city. Her research interests revolve around primary care and cancer, and health inequalities. She is a national leader in the area of cancer and early diagnosis research, has contributed significantly to policy development, and holds or has held grants from Cancer Research UK, Yorkshire Cancer Research and the Department of Health Policy Research Unit programme in this area. She continues to work clinically as a GP at Bransholme Health Centre in Hull. She is a non-executive director at Hull University Teaching Hospitals, is a member of Medical Schools Council Executive and a member of the NIHR Advanced Fellowships panel.

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Prof Makani Purva

Chief Medical Officer and Consultant Anaesthetist, Hull University Teaching Hospitals

Prof Makani Purva is Chief Medical Officer, Consultant Anaesthetist and Director of Simulation at the Hull Institute of Learning and Simulation.


Dr Angela Hoye

Dr Angela Hoye is a Consultant Cardiologist at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and a Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at Hull York Medical School.

Prof Miriam Johnson

Prof Miriam Johnson is Professor of Palliative Medicine and Associate Director of the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre at the University of Hull. She was the Founder Director from 2016 to 2022.

Prof Thozhukat Sathyapalan

Prof Thozhukat Sathyapalan (Sathya) is the Chair in Academic Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism in Hull York Medical School, University of Hull and Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Research, Development and Innovation at Hull University Teaching Hospitals.

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