2011 RCGP and Novartis Research Paper of the Year Award Panel of Assessors

The Research Paper of the Year Award panel is currently chaired by Professor Frank Sullivan. The panellists assessing the papers included representatives from a wide range of organisations with an interest in primary care research. The 2011 Research Paper of the Year Award panel also included representation from each of the NIHR Research Networks.

Professor Frank Sullivan: Chair of the Award Panel for Research Paper of the Year

Frank Sullivan has been an Academic General Medical Practitioner with an interest in clinical trials in the community and linking health data since 1984. After graduating from the University of Glasgow he combined clinical training and service general practice with a PhD in Health Services Research. He is currently the NHS Tayside Professor of R&D in General Practice and Primary Care and director of the Scottish School of Primary Care.

His NEJM paper of a trial of steroids and antivirals for Bell's palsy won the 2009 BMA research paper of the year award. He is a principal investigator on two large primary care trials as well as the Scottish Health Informatics Programme (SHIP) and he plays a lead role in two EU funded informatics projects TRANSFoRm and EHR4CR. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011.

Dr Marta Buszewicz

Marta Buszewicz trained and qualified in both general practice and psychiatry. She works part-time as a GP in north London, and is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at University College London. Her research and teaching interests are mainly in the field of mental health, particularly depression, anxiety and somatisation, and the overlap between physical and psychological symptoms in primary care patients. She is also involved in projects examining the interface between primary and secondary care services for people with mental health problems, and trying to identify which components of routine GP consultations can have a therapeutic effect for those presenting with psychological problems. She is co-director of the Central and East London Comprehensive Local Research Network and National Primary Care Lead for the Mental Health Research Network.

Dr Nick Francis

Dr Nick Francis is a GP in South Wales Valleys and Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Cardiff University. His main research interests are common infections and antibiotic resistance, behaviour changes and skin conditions.

He is the theme leader for Common Infections and Antibiotic Resistance in the Cochrane Institute of Primary Care and Public Health and sits of the executive management group for the South East Wales Trials Unit. He is currently leading or involved in studies on the management of infected eczema in children, the role of probiotics in preventing antibiotic associated diarrhoea in care home residents, the effectiveness of point of care testing to improve antibiotic targeting in women with suspected UTI, clinicians views about the management of COPD exacerbations, the epidemiology of skins conditions treated with antibiotocs, point of care testing for lower respiratory tract infections, the epidemiology of acute diarrhoea and vomiting in children, the epidemiology of molluscum contagiosum, antibiotic prescribing for dental problems, and the use of oral steroids for children with otitis media with effusion (OME).

Dr Alastair D Hay

Alastair qualified with Distinction in Medicine from Sheffield Medical School in 1991. He has been a General Practitioner since 1997 and joined the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol in 2001. In Bristol he now leads a research group dedicated to producing nationally and internationally valued primary care infection research. He also promotes the delivery of high quality clinical care and teaching in the context of academic and clinical multi-disciplinary teams. He is also co-Director, South West Medicines for Children Research Network.

Professor John Howard

John is the Dean of Postgraduate GP Education and Deputy Postgraduate Dean at East of England Multi-Professional Deanery and is the UKCEA representative. He has been a GP since 1987 and was a GP in Crewe, Cheshire until 2010. He currently practice in Shelford, near Cambridge and has had a longstanding interest in CPD and promoting academic research in general practice.

Professor Carmel Hughes

Carmel is Professor of Primary Care Pharmacy and Director of Research at the School of Pharmacy, Queen's University Belfast. Her research interests lie in quality of prescribing and long-term care of older people.

Dr Jenny Johnston

Jenny is an academic GP in Belfast. Her research interests include medical education and professionalism.

Dr Melvyn Jones

The Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) panel representative is a GP in Hertfordshire and a Senior Lecturer at UCL. His main role at UCL is in delivering undergraduate teaching in the community, but he also has an interest in cardiovascular research. He has recently been part of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) update.

Professor Azeem Majeed

Professor Azeem Majeed is Head of the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College London. He is an experienced clinical and public health researcher, with accreditation in both general practice and public health. At Imperial College, Azeem manages a large and flourishing academic department with an active research, teaching and training programme. He also serves in a number of other senior management roles. He is Co-Director of the NIHR CLAHRC Programme for NW London and Associate Director (Primary Care) for the National Diabetes Research Network. Azeem remains active in clinical practice as a Principal in General Practice.

Professor Jonathan Mant

Jonathan Mant is Professor of Primary Care Research at the University of Cambridge. He trained as a public health physician in the Oxford Region, and from 1992-7 was clinical lecturer in public health medicine at the University if Oxford. From 1997-2008 he was based in the Departmen of Primary Care and General Practice at the University of Birmingham, moving to Cambridge in October 2008. He is an associate director of the Stroke Research Network with responsibility for primary and community care, and has chaired the guideline development groups for three NICE guidelines: heart failure, prevention and control of tuberculosis; and treatment of type 2 diabetes. His current research focuses on stroke prevention and treatment in primary care settings.

Dr Greta Rait

Greta Rait is a GP at Clerkenwell Medical Practice in Islington and a Senior Lecturer at the Research Department of Primary care and Population Health at UCL. She is a member of the Clinical Studies Group for DeNDRoN (Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network) and also sits on the HTA Community and Psychological Therapies Panel. She is Deputy Director of the PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit and also a London Research Design Service (RDS) clinical advisor.

Mr David Sharp

David is the Lay Vice Chair, RCGP Patient Partnership Group. He has worked previously in health and social care in the north of England, as a social worker and also a manager but he is now retired. He has a particular interest in mental health issues.

Dr Scott Wilkes

Dr Scott Wilkes is a GP Principal in Coquet Medical group having joined the practice in September 1994. He is also an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University and an executive member of the NHS Northumberland Tyne and Wear Comprehensive Local Research Network (NTW CLRN). He is an experienced NHS researcher and has worked on the Northumberland Local Research Ethics Committee. He is the Clinical Lead for the NIHR Primary Care Research Network (PCRN) Northern and Yorkshire, a member of the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) and the North East Research for Patient Benefit Committee (RfPB). His principal research interests are in the management of infertility in primary care, fertility preservation for cancer survivors, cancer diagnosis in primary care and introducing new technologies in primary care, particularly open access investigations and normalisation process theory. Additional research interests include smoking cessation, thyroid disease, stroke and complex interventions. He was awarded his PhD in 2008 entitled 'Evaluation of open access hysterosalpingography (HSG) in the initial management of infertility in primary care'. His research experience includes the use of multiple research methods in health care evaluation including managing a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial and conducting focus groups and in-depth interviews.

Professor Clare Wilkinson

Clinical Professor of General Practice, Director of Research North Wales Clinical School. Clare qualified in Medicine from Cardiff Medical School in 1980, with honours in Anatomy and a Distinction in Pharmacology. She has been a GP since 1985, Professor of General Practice in 2001 and Director of Research for the North Wales Clinical School in 2004. Since 2011 Clare has been head of the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research which concentrates on cancer and musculoskeletal disorders. She also continues to practice as a principal part-time GP. Clare chairs the National Cancer Research Initiative Primary Care Clinical Studies Group, she also sits on the HTA trial board, CRUK Studentship Committee and the DoH Cancer Survivorship Initiative.

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The 2011 Research Paper of the Year Award is supported by an unconditional grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd

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