Dr Kamal Mahtani is the winner of this year's "Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding New Researcher", from the Royal College of General Practitioners. The award comes with a £1000 prize and supports the international development of promising researchers in primary care
Kamal is an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Practice and Deputy Director at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. He has recently conducted research on reducing salt intake in heart failure patients, the risks and benefits of anticoagulants with patients with atrial fibrillation and, evidence based medication use and unplanned hospital admissions.
Kamal joins an impressive line-up of previous winners from across the world, including two winners from the University of Oxford - Dr Helen Atherton (2014) an honorary postdoctoral researcher in the department, and Dr Clare Taylor MBE (2015), who has only recently joined the department from the University of Birmingham.
The award will be presented at this year's Society for Academic Primary Care Conference in Dublin.
Professor Joanne Reeve, Chair of this year's Yvonne Carter Award Panel, commented:
This year's decision was harder than ever. With such an outstanding selection of candidates to chose from, it did feel at one stage that we might not be able to choose between. But ultimately, we succeeded! And are delighted to be presenting Kamal with the 2016 award.
The panel also wanted to pass on our very sincere congratulations to all who applied this year. You gave us great pleasure in reading about and discussing your work. We all feel proud to be part of a discipline with such a bright future. Congratulations to you all.
In an article on the RCGP website, Kamal outlines his top tips for new GP researchers in addition to his plans for the award - to support further development of an international network of academic primary care leadership.
Read more about Kamal's award on the RCGP website.