Professor Bill Ollier, Dr Sarah Withers, Professor Judith Smith

New research partnership with University of Salford

The University of Salford and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust have strengthened their links by signing a new research partnership in translational medicine.

Translational medicine is an area of biomedicine that aims to improve patient and public health by ‘translating’ research knowledge into medicines, treatments diagnostics or procedures. Heart and lung disease and stroke are the primary areas where the two institutions will share knowledge and facilities.

Dr Sarah Withers, a vascular physiology research scientist and lecturer, will hold a joint clinical post based jointly at the School of Environment and Life Sciences at Salford University and at the Research and Development department of Salford Royal.

Professor Bill Ollier, Director of Research and Development at Salford Royal said: “We are delighted to be strengthening our links with the University of Salford through this joint role. Collaboration is crucial to research and we are keen to work with others on projects that will develop our knowledge and improve patient care.”

Welcoming Dr Withers, Professor Judith Smith, Dean of the School, said: “The research work we do at the university has the potential to help clinicians be more effective in treating a range of diseases and conditions.

“The appointment of a joint research officer will provide a valuable bridge between the laboratories in the two institutions and promote the translation of our research into clinical outcomes to benefit the health of local people.

Clinical medicine is a growing field for the University of Salford which has recently appointed six University-based researchers in Translational Medicine.

The partnership is also good news for students, says Professor Smith: “Our association with Salford Royal will help to give biomedical students better and more frequent experience of live clinical issues to prepare them for their professional futures.”

Salford’s Biosciences Research Centres specialises in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, fibrosis, inflammation, asthma, Alzheimer’s, smoking, drug development and parasitology.

For more about translational medicine at the University of Salford go to http://www.salford.ac.uk/research/brc

Pictutred from left, Prof Bill Ollier, Dr Sarah Withers, Prof Judith Smith