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RD Conference

Making a Difference with Research

Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, has hailed the success of a "Making a Difference with Research” event in Canterbury showcasing exciting developments in medical research in the region. An audience of researchers, patients and members of the public gathered for the event at Kent & Canterbury Hospital on Monday 20 June 2016.

There was a chance at the event to try a new form of robotic legs, recently featured on Meridian and BBC South-East news. It also featured inspiring testimonials from clinical trial participants and fascinating insights from leading researchers. Speakers included Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public and Chair, INVOLVE, who discussed putting people at the centre of research and Prof. Fritz Muhlschlegel on his collaborative research with laryngectomy patients.

Dr Mo Sakel, alongside Crispin Simon CEO, oversaw the display of the robotic legs. Dr David Stephensen and Jayanti Rai, both physiotherapists in the Trust, also presented fascinating descriptions of research they are leading in Haemophilia and the painful condition known as ‘Frozen Shoulder’ respectively.

 Brent Murray, a participant in a recent clinical trial, discussed his experience and added: "Without research things don't improve and people don't get better." As well as being a research participant, Brent has also been a co-researcher, commenting that he felt patients being interviewed were more open with him as a fellow patient.

Without research things don't improve and people don't get better."

Brent Murray, Clinical Trial Participant