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The University’s recent Recognition of Distinction Exercise has awarded new titles to five staff in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

Associate professors and university research lecturers 2018
From left: Associate Professors - Gail Hayward, Kamal R Mahtani and Sara Shaw. University Research Lecturers - James Sheppard and Thomas Fanshawe.

Announcing the latest round of awards, Head of Department Professor Richard Hobbs said:

“I am delighted to announce that five members of NDPCHS staff were recognised in this year’s round. All three of our staff seeking Associate Professor title (Gail Hayward, Kamal Mahtani and Sara Shaw) and the two seeking University Research Lecturer title (Thomas Fanshawe and James Sheppard) gaining recognition. This was an impressive haul for one year and denotes the commitment and dedication of our academic staff and the excellent support from our superb admin team. Well done indeed and have a great summer.”

The title of Associate Professor is given to reflect research achievements, commitment to teaching and ‘good citizenship’ within the department and beyond. This year's recipients are:

The title of University Research Lecturer is given in recognition of a substantial independent research achievement, along with contribution to the general academic life of both the division and the department. This year's recipients are:

  • James Sheppard is a population health scientist and researches blood pressure management in primary care, with a particular interest in how to best target treatments at patients with the most to gain. Dr Sheppard is a Co-Chief Investigator on the OPTiMISE trial, examining whether blood pressure medication can be safely reduced in multi-morbid frail, elderly patients with well-controlled blood pressure.
  • Thomas Fanshawe is a senior medical statistician and works on the development and application of statistical methods to studies in primary care. Dr Fanshawe’s current interests include diagnosis, prognostic modelling and meta-analysis methodology. He is currently involved in research with the NIHR Community Healthcare MIC and the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Gastrointestinal Infections.

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