Research & Innovation at NUH is led by a team of internationally recognised clinicians, academics and scientists.

At NUH we have dedicated facilities for research and a comprehensive research infrastructure that enables us to carry out life-changing research for our patients.

Our Research & Innovation leadership team is supported by expertise in:

  • Clinical research
  • Translational research
  • Experimental and early phase research
  • Industry partnerships
  • Data and informatics
  • Grant applications and sponsorship
  • Intellectual Property and commercialisation
  • Medical devices and technology
  • End-to-end trials set up and management
  • Governance and quality
  • Patient and public involvement

Leadership team

Professor Stephen Ryder

Professor Stephen Ryder

Professor Stephen Ryder

Clinical Director of Research and Innovation

Steve is a consultant Physician in Hepatology and Gastroenterology. His major clinical and research interest is hepatitis C infection. He was the national lead for the Hepatology Clinical Research Network and has had a significant role in coordinating clinical trials of new therapies. He was recognised by the NIHR for his outstanding contribution to commercial research programmes in 2016.

Steve is Hepatology Vice President of the British Society of Gastroenterology and was appointed Director of the NIHR Nottingham Clinical Research Facility in April 2017.

Dr Maria Koufali

Dr Maria Koufali

Dr Maria Koufali

Managing Director of Research and Innovation

Maria leads the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy aimed at increasing participation in health research for all patients and NHS staff. Maria led, on behalf of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, the successful bids for a new NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (£23.6m) and a new NIHR Clinical Research Facility (£2.4m) which resulted in a 70% increase in NIHR infrastructure funding in Nottingham. NUH is consistently in the top five most research-active Trusts in the country.

Maria holds a PhD in mitochondrial neuroscience from the University of Dundee and an MBA from the University of Nottingham. After a career as a research fellow, Maria joined the NHS in 2003 as a Clinical Research Manager and has been leading NUH research since 2009.

Maria is also a member of the leadership team for the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre.

Professor Ian Hall

Professor Ian Hall

Professor Ian Hall

Director of the Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre

Ian Hall is Professor of Molecular Medicine at the University of Nottingham and Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Ian completed his clinical studies at the University of Oxford before moving to Nottingham for specialist training and research. He was an MRC travelling fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and National Asthma Campaign Senior Research Fellow. From 2009-2015 he was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Nottingham. He holds the Boots Chair in Therapeutics. His research interests include the molecular genetics of airway disease, pharmacogenetics, asthma, COPD, cell signalling and MR imaging.

Kathryn Fairbrother

Kathryn Fairbrother, Head of Nursing, Research & Innovation

Kathryn Fairbrother

Head of Nursing, Research & Innovation

Kathryn started her career in the NHS in 1992 as a health care assistant in an acute mental health unit. In March 1993, she started her adult nurse training at the University of Teesside, where Kathryn is originally from  and qualified as a registered nurse in 1996. Kathryn has been involved in research since 1998, firstly in roles at University Hospitals of Leicester and then with the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Comprehensive Local Research Network. From 2014 until 2021, Kathryn worked in the NIHR Clinical Research Network East Midlands, including as Deputy Chief Operating Officer. She joined NUH in August 2021.

Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Head of Research & Innovation

Tom Smith joined Research & Innovation in May 2017 and heads up the operational delivery of the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre infrastructure. Tom’s career includes both industry and the NHS and before joining the team he worked at the NHS Health Research Authority.

Jen Boston

Jen Boston

Jen Boston

Head of Research Governance

 

Jen started her career in Research Governance in 2010 as a Research Coordinator at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. She then worked as the R&D Manager at Guy’s at St Thomas’ hospital from 2015 and then joined us here in Nottingham as our Head of Research Governance and Quality in 2019. Jen is also our Person Designated (PD) for the Nottingham BioResource. Jen is previously a state registered Clinical Biochemist in the NHS and holds a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry.

Rachel Webster

Rachel Webster

Rachel Webster

Head of Research Education and Impact

Rachel has led Communications, Marketing, Corporate Governance, Customer Relations and Public Relations teams in both the public and private sectors including the NHS, local government and transport industries. 

Rachel joined Research & Innovation in 2018 and her role covers the delivery of communications and public and patient engagement, together with ensuring that our research is inclusive of all communities as part of the workforce and providing opportunities to take part in research. She is also the Senior Management Team lead for the development of the Research Futures School, which develops education for all professionals within research and for the work around the impact of the research we do at NUH and in our centres of excellence.

Peter Hammersley

Peter Hammersley

Peter Hammersley

Lead Accountant, Research & Innovation

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