Showcase to celebrate child health research in Nottingham

09 Jun 2017 10:30:22.080


Can exercise help children with type 1 diabetes? What are the symptoms of brain tumours in children? And can silk clothing help children with severe eczema? These are just some of the areas of cutting edge research into child health problems that will be on show to the public in the first ever Nottingham Paediatric Research Showcase. 

Doctors, nurses, allied healthcare professionals and researchers from the University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust will be presenting their latest work into a wide variety of paediatric health problems at the one-day event at the Medical School in the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham on Wednesday 14 June 2017. Free registration and the full programme is available at 

The event is open to the public, researchers and healthcare professionals and is designed to highlight the world-leading medical advances taking place in child health research in Nottingham. The Showcase will consist of talks by healthcare professionals and researchers, as well as posters and displays manned by experts who can answer questions on each area of child medicine. There will also be a question and answer session with children and parents to discuss the value of taking part in paediatric research and clinical trials. 

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Showcase organiser and expert in neonatal medicine, Dr Don Sharkey, said: “We are very excited to have the opportunity to celebrate the huge range and impact of the child health research taking place in Nottingham. The effects of the progress pioneered here are felt worldwide. We are also delighted to welcome Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, to give the keynote speech on The Wonders of being an Academic Paediatrician.”

Among the other highlights of the day will be guest lectures on tackling obesity in children, the ethics of child health research and the experiences of young people after paediatric intensive care (PICU).

Pam and Mike White from Newark lost their son Sam from a brain tumour but continue Sam’s work as active and award-winning ambassadors for the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre in Nottingham. They will share their experiences of patient and family involvement that is so vital to medical research.

Sam’s mother Pam said: “As a family, we all agreed that involvement in research by the patient and family helps to provide the complete picture and gives a greater voice to research in the community. Sam was determined that our participation would continue without him. He understood the value of this opportunity to make big changes in patient care and treatment that research could bring.

“We feel fortunate to still be involved in research and honoured to be able to offer some support to others who are making a difference. We believe that without the involvement of patients and carers, medical advances in diagnosis and treatment would be much slower. So we are very happy to try to help to improve future outcomes for others, something Sam believed in so passionately.”

The Nottingham Paediatric Research Showcase is supported by the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Children’s Hospital, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Nottingham Hospitals Charity and Health Education East Midlands. The event is open to members of the public, hospital staff, university students and staff and health professionals.

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