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    North West Coast Genomic Medicine Centre Shortlisted for Prestigious Research and Innovation Award

    The North West Coast Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC) has been shortlisted for a prestigious regional award. 


    The GMC, part of the 100’000 Genomes Project, was shortlisted in the 2015 North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards. 


    The awards celebrate success for the excellent work being undertaken across the region in relation to clinical research and innovation and are a collaboration between the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN), CRN: North West Coast (CRN NWC) and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC). Angela Douglas, Scientific Director for Genetics at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Programme Director for North West Coast GMC, said: "Our GMC is a really positive example of how partnership working can and should be done. We’ve already achieved so much so far, and we’re really excited about the difference we can make for the people across our region. Being shortlisted for an award is fantastic recognition for the hard work that has been done across all of the partners involved in our GMC, and our collective passion for what we do."


    At the event’s core is the desire to demonstrate how clinical research and innovation efforts have had an impact on patient care across the North West Coast and to showcase ideas. 


    Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the NWC AHSN, said: "The North West Coast is a hub of excellence in life sciences research and innovation and we’re very pleased to be part of the collaboration recognising and celebrating these achievements.


    "The event's primary goal is to demonstrate the impact that outstanding clinical research and innovation has had on improving patient care across the North West Coast. The event will also showcase the new ideas and techniques that are emerging from the cutting-edge research taking place across the region so that everyone will be able to view the nominations and consider if the innovation or evidence can be applied in their system or organisation."


    Professor Mark Gabbay, Director of the NIHR CLAHRC NWC said: “The event will focus on Innovation, Health and Wellbeing and emphasise the importance of research that has the potential to reduce health inequalities. It is also an opportunity to celebrate public and professional engagement with our work."


    Jacqueline Pirmohamed, Chief Operating Officer of the National Institute for Health Research - Clinical Research Network: North West Coast, added: “This event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the region’s achievements and success relating to research and innovation. Approximately 28,000 people took part in clinical research studies last year across NHS organisations on the North West Coast. 


    "I would like to say thank you to all of our 43 partner organisations who contributed to this, a number of whom will be commended, rewarded and celebrated as part of the NWC Research and Innovation Awards 2015. Most importantly, this event is also about the many patients and other individuals across the region who have given up their valuable time, at challenging times in their lives, to benefit our understanding of disease and its treatment. This evening will be an opportunity to showcase what a difference their contribution has made to delivery of healthcare in this region."


    This year, over 120 entries were submitted across 12 different categories.


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