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The NIHR supports research being delivered through 30 specialty therapy areas. Each specialty is made up of expert clinical leaders and practitioners who work at both national and local levels to ensure that studies are delivered successfully and to promote awareness of research opportunities for participants to take part in. The specialty groups also support the dialogue between the life sciences industry and charities, to ensure the pipeline of research studies and to facilitate the involvement of participants to make research more effective. Visit the main NIHR website to find out what is happening nationally in the different specialties. 

In the West of England, our specialties are grouped in six different divisions, with a dedicated team supporting research within each. You can get in touch with our teams using the details below.

Division 1

Specialties covered:

  • Cancer
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Surgery

Local team:

Clinical Divisional Lead - Professor Hugh Barr

Research Delivery Manager - David Rea

Research Portfolio Facilitator - Rebecca Gleeson

Clinical Research Specialty Leads:

Cancer - Helen Winter

Ear, Nose and Throat - Amanda Hall

Surgery - Kathryn McCarthy

Division 2

Specialties covered:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic and Endocrine
  • Renal Disorders
  • Stroke

Local team:

Clinical Divisional Lead - Mr Serban Stoica

Research Delivery Manager - Elise Denton

Research Portfolio Facilitator - Jessica Bartlett

Clinical Research Specialty Leads:

Cardiovascular - Paul Foley

Diabetes - Sharon Tovey

Metabolic and Endocrine - Danijela Tatovic

Renal Disorders - Albert Power

Stroke - Phil Clatworthy

Division 3

Specialties covered:

  • Genetics
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
  • Haematology
  • Children
  • Reproductive Health and Childbirth

Local team:

Clinical Divisional Lead - Professor Adam Finn

Research Delivery Manager - Hannah Williams

Research Portfolio Facilitator - Roland Chmielewski

Clinical Research Specialty Leads:

Genetics - Alan Donaldson

Dermatology - Caoimhe Fahy

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology - Peter Muir 

Haematology - Andrew Mumford

Children - Adam Finn

Reproductive Health and Childbirth - Christy Burden and Sara Burnard


Division 4

Specialties covered:

  • Ageing
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Health Services and Delivery Research
  • Mental Health

Local team:

Clinical Divisional Leads - Dr Tarun Kuruvilla and Dr Jonathan Evans

Research Delivery Manager - Heather Tinkler

Research Portfolio Facilitator - Amran Ahmed

Clinical Research Specialty Leads:

Ageing - Emily Henderson

Neurological Disorders - Elizabeth Coulthard and Alan Whone

Health Services and Delivery Research - Yoav Ben Schlomo

Mental Health - Jonathan Evans

Division 5

Specialties covered:

  • Oral and Dental Health
  • Public Health
  • Primary care

Local team:

Research Delivery Manager - Chris Voisey

Research Portfolio Facilitator - Calum Masterton

Clinical Research Specialty Leads:

Oral and Dental Health - Simon Haworth

Public Health - Michael Dalili 

Primary Care - Matt Hoghton 

Division 6

Specialties covered:

  • Anaesthesia, peri-operative medicine & pain management
  • Critical Care
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology
  • Injuries and Emergencies
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Ophthalmology
  • Respiratory Disorders

Local team:

Clinical Divisional Lead - Dr Matt Thomas

Research Delivery Manager - Geeta Ghadiali

Research Portfolio Facilitator - Jessica Bartlett

Clinical Research Specialty Leads:

Anaesthesia, peri-operative medicine & pain management - Christopher Newell

Critical Care - Matt Thomas

Gastroenterology - Andrew Clarridge

Hepatology - Coral Hollywood

Trauma and Emergency Care - Mike Whitehouse 

Musculoskeletal Disorders - Nick Howells 

Ophthamology - Tomas Burke 

Respiratory Disorders - Nick Maskell