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UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship award for Dr Gwyneth Davies

15 October 2020

Dr Gwyneth Davies awarded a prestigious Future Leaders Fellowship by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Dr Gwyneth Davies

Dr Gwyneth Davies joined the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in 2013, initially as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics. She is currently supported by a Child Health Research CIO Transition Fund award. Dr Davies is also an Honorary Consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme was established to support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories. The support will enable each fellow to tackle ambitious and challenging research and innovation and develop their own careers.

Gwyneth’s research in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) will specifically look at designing and enabling pragmatic clinical trials in CF to simplify the burden of treatment.

Professor Rosalind Smyth, Director of the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health said: “I am delighted to see Gwyneth’s research recognised with this prestigious UKRI fellowship. Gwyneth is a ‘future leader’, in a clinical field where rigorous research is badly needed.

Gwyneth’s fellowship research proposal is extremely timely as the therapeutic landscape for CF patients is changing rapidly, worldwide, with the relationship between treatment burden of traditional medicines and the introduction of disease-modifying new medicines, a top research priority. Her proposal will establish a researcher-led pragmatic trial landscape in CF that can be responsive to the evolving needs of people living with CF.  She also has the vision to recognise the opportunities provided by digital infrastructure for rare disease registries, and their ability, in the UK, to link with routine health  data.”

Dr Gwyneth Davies said “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. I was attracted to the scheme by its objective to support research and innovation at interdisciplinary boundaries. My research will combine clinical informatics with novel clinical trial designs to address the top research priority identified by the cystic fibrosis (CF) community of simplifying the burden of treatment. This will be underpinned by sustained and meaningful community involvement. I believe that the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health and GOSH Digital Research, Informatics and Virtual Environment (DRIVE) unit are uniquely placed to support this research.”

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