The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards is a collaborative celebration event between the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN), CRN: North West Coast (CRN NWC) and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC).
The event celebrates the excellent work being undertaken across the region in relation to clinical research and innovation and demonstrates how clinical research and innovation efforts have had an impact on patient care across the North West Coast.
Dr Eve Smith’s nomination, which is in the Research Student of the Year category, is for her work investigating urinary biomarkers in children which can be used to identify inflammation of the kidney that is caused by lupus (Lupus nephritis).
The aim of this work is to help develop a point of care testing device that can be used in routine clinical care to significantly improve outcomes for children with this terrible disease. She is supervised at the University by Professor Michael Beresford Director of the Arthritis UK Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children in Liverpool.
As well as being a student, Dr Smith also works at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and has established collaborations with Albert Einstein College of Medicine (USA) and the University of Cape Town (SA) for validation of her work, and is working with industry partners to develop a custom assay for biomarker quantification.
Of the nomination Dr Smith, said: “I am delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award, which recognises the supportive researcher environment that the University provides.”
Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the NWC AHSN, said: “We’re delighted to have shortlisted for the inaugural North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards. The North West Coast is a hub of excellence in life sciences research and innovation and we’re very pleased to be part of the collaboration recognising and celebrating these achievements.”
This year, over 120 entries were submitted across 12 different categories.
For more information about the different categories or to view the full list of shortlisted entrants, please visit www.nwcawards.co.uk.
The awards event will be taking place on Monday, 30 November at Chester Racecourse.