Emergency Medicine expert named Young Researcher of the Year by RCEM and NIHR

Written by: Joe Stafford

The University of Manchester’s Dr Anisa Jafar has been named as Young Researcher of the Year by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM).

The joint awards, in their fifth year, recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees in the conduct of clinical research in the field of Emergency Medicine.

Dr Jafar is presently undertaking an NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship at Manchester Royal Infirmary and The University of Manchester’s Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute (HCRI). 

The judging committee found Dr Jafar to be an excellent role model for young researchers and were enthused by Dr Jafar’s commitment to global health and her well thought-out research project.

Dr Jafar is incredibly dedicated to cultivating research collaboration for Global Health and Emergency Medicine. She is one of the creators of the Global Emergency Care Collaborative, a platform which enables collaboration between colleagues interested in Global Health and Emergency Medicine.

She has also created a committee mapping UK engagement in Global Health, engaged her colleagues through Literature Reviews, and supported junior colleagues to develop their research profiles.

Dr Jafar’s research aims to understand how Global Health impacts Emergency Medicine in the UK. By interviewing Emergency Medicine professionals who have Global Health experience and querying how this impacts their practice, she hopes to identify the barriers and enablers for integrating Global Health into Emergency Medicine.

Winning this award is a real opportunity to expand the capacity for Global Health research amongst those in UK emergency care, so I’m really pleased. I plan to mentor and support junior Emergency Medicine colleagues to investigate the role played, and potential created, by Global Health work conducted by those in UK Emergency Care.

Dr Anisa Jafar

“RCEM has been proud to support the joint awards again this year, which continue to recognise excellence in Emergency Medicine research - particularly in light of the challenging conditions over the past 12 months,” said Alasdair Corfield of the RCEM Research Committee. “We recognise the hard work of all the nominees and awardees, and are encouraged to see the impact of their research activity on improving patient care.”

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