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Blizard researcher awarded fellowship to address clinical trial efficiency

Dr Richard Hooper, Reader in Medical Statistics at the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London has been awarded a senior fellowship from The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute.

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The aim of the fellowship is to aid important research in healthcare improvement. Dr Hooper hopes to use the funding to continue his cutting-edge research into the efficient design of clinical trials.

Dr Hooper said: ‘Clinical trials have transformed healthcare over the lifetime of the NHS, but the challenge now is to close the widening gap between research findings and what health services actually provide.

‘This has led to a new field, called `improvement science’, which aims to address why treatments which we know to be effective are not getting to the patients who could benefit. Clinical trials still have an important role to play in improvement science, but fresh thinking and improvements in efficiency are needed now more than ever.’

The one-year fellowship will allow Dr Hooper to focus on developing his research programme further and become a part of a growing network of leading academics working towards better healthcare:

‘The funding from The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute will give me the opportunity to take my research programme to another level, and will allow me to work with researchers from a wide variety of disciplines to make bigger strides forwards in improvement science.

‘It’s a transformative opportunity for me – a recognition of the value to medicine of the work that I do, and a fantastic illustration of the pathway from theoretical ideas to achieving real patient benefits.’


More information

You can find out more about the fellowship on the THIS Institute website.