Professor Paul Dark

New chair recognises excellence in critical care

Paul Dark, Consultant in Critical Care Medicine at Salford Royal, has been awarded the first substantive University Chair in critical care medicine in the North of England by The University of Manchester.

His new role recognises the academic progress he is leading locally and regionally and also reflects his national role as National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Research Lead for Critical Care.

Following his PhD at the Medical Research Council Trauma Unit, Prof Dark was appointed to a clinical academic post at the University in 2003, carrying out clinical duties in intensive care medicine as honorary NHS consultant at Salford Royal. Over the last few years he has led on work funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) developing and assessing the diagnostic use of new molecular technologies in sterile tissue injury and severe infection, Funded by Innovate UK he has led a programme of work developing novel technologies aimed at rapid point-of-care infection/sepsis diagnosis.

Prof Dark is also Academic Director of Greater Manchester Academic Centre for Acute Tissue Injury and Trauma Care (GM-CAT).  This new alliance aims to ensure the NHS within Greater Manchester delivers world-class trauma services underpinned by research, education and training.