I am a General Surgery Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) working in Newcastle, with a special interest in Transplant Surgery. I was at Newcastle University Medical School and completed an intercalated Masters of Research in Transplantation in 2012, investigating ischaemia reperfusion injury following liver transplantation.
During the initial 18 months of my ACF, I have worked closely with the abdominal ex vivo organ perfusion team at the Freeman Hospital and have been inspired by their success establishing these techniques in Newcastle. I will be spending the upcoming 3 months in Cambridge with Professor Nicholson and Dr Hosgood as part of a travel fellowship to learn more about kidney ex vivo normothermic perfusion (EVNP). Following this I plan to undertake a PhD under the supervision of Professor Andy Fisher, Mr Colin Wilson, Professor John Kirby and Professor Jim Shaw.
My research aims to combine EVNP of donor kidneys with delivery of cell-based therapeutics to sub-optimal organs to help revive, optimise and restore their quality prior to transplantation. We hope to harness the immunomodulatory properties of multipotent adult progenitor cells (MAPCs). The potential impact will be to maximise use of donor kidneys that are currently discarded, conferring benefit directly to those on the transplant waiting list.