Our funding organisation NIHR has re-launched its ‘Your Path in Research’ campaign running throughout October, aimed at encouraging health and care professionals (HCPs) to take the first or next step in their research career and providing them with the tools to do so.
The campaign will also build awareness among HCPs about research happening around them in NHS trust settings, and in their clinical area, building on the experiences of Covid-19.
Research is at the heart of what we do and many members of our team have benefitted from being involved in exciting and rewarding research programmes that bring widespread benefits to both patients and the NHS. Here Anisha O’Hagan, Biomedical Scientist for NIHR Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative highlights the recent research programme she has been involved in, for the benefit of renal patients and how our organisation has supported her throughout the process:
“I have spent the past nine months validating the use of volumetric absorptive micro sampling tips for the remote monitoring of immunosuppressant drugs in renal transplant patients. This research project has enabled me to support the future adoption of home testing devices for immune-compromised patients by providing valid data on the technical accuracy and precision of using such devices, alongside the gold standard laboratory methods currently in place. Future plans for the laboratory validation work include further research providing exciting opportunities to improve the patient care experience for renal transplant patients in the future.
The NIHR Leeds IVD MIC has enabled me to pursue my interest and passion in supporting the adoption of novel diagnostic tests into the NHS. The opportunities to develop professionally and academically are always presented and well supported by the management team and I have been able to develop and hone my scientific and research skills since starting my role.”
NIHR Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics Cooperative is proud to support #YourPathinResearch.
Find out more about how to get involved in research that is happening now on the Be Part of Research website and find out about the benefits of research and how to get involved via the Your Path in Research webpage