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Current Research

The types of research currently undertaken at the Trust are varied, from complex clinical trials, qualitative health service research, registries, post-marketing surveillance to trainee doctors and students doing low risk, own account studies. Much of this research has been adopted by the National Institute of Health Research (approx 90%) with a small number of commercial/pharmaceutical (independent of NIHR) making up the rest. 

Cancer Research

Breast

ROSCO: Response to Optimal Selection of neo-adjuvant Chemotherapy in Operable breast cancer: A randomised phase III, stratified biomarker trial of neo­adjuvant 5-Fluorouracil, Epirubicin and Cyclophosphamide vs Docetaxel and Cyclophphamide chemotherapy.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Jo Dent

IMPASSION: A Phase III multicentre, randomised open-label study comparing Atezolizumab in combination with adjuvant anthracycline/taxane-based chemotherapy versus chemotherapy alone in patients with operable triple-negative breast cancer.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Jo Dent

ATNEC: A randomised trial investigating the requirement for axillary treatment, after chemotherapy, for patients with early stage breast cancer.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Werbena Hamilton-Burke

MARECA: National study of management of breast cancer locoregional recurrence and oncological outcome.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Richard Frame 

Colorectal

YCRBCIP: Yorkshire Cancer Research Bowel Cancer Improvement Programme. Does intensive multidisciplinary team intervention improve bowel cancer outcomes in Yorkshire?

Principal Investigator (PI): Ms Paula Pickersgill 

OnCoRe: Oncological Outcomes after Clinical Complete Response (cCR) in patients with rectal cancer.

Principal Investigator (PI): Miss Tamsyn Grey

FOxTROT2: Personalising neo-adjuvant Chemotherapy in Locally advanced but operable colon cancer. A randomised trial programme.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Sam Turnbull 

ARIEL: A biomarker enrichment trial of anti-EGFR agents in patients with advanced colorectal cancer (aCRC) with wild-type RAS and right primary tumour location (right-PTL).

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Sam Turnbull

Pancreatic

ACTICCA-1: Adjuvant chemotherapy with gemcitabine and cisplatin compared to observation after curative intent resection of cholangiocarcinoma and muscle invasive gallbladder carcinoma. 

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Emma Rathbone

PRECISION-Panc: Advancing personalised medicine treatment strategies for pancreatic cancer.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Emma Rathbone

PRIMUS 001: An adaptive phase II study of FOLFOX-A (FOLFOX and nab-paclitaxel) versus AG (nab-paclitaxel and gemcitabine) in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, with integrated biomarker evaluation.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Emma Rathbone

UK-EDI: UK Early Detection Initiative for Pancreatic Cancer. 

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Sabari Haridass

Haematology

CML Registry: The study programme to investigate modern trends in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Kate Rothwell

FLAIR: This is a phase III, multicentre, randomised, controlled, open, parallel group trial in patients with previously untreated CLL.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Kate Rothwell

MYELOMA XIV (FITNESS): A phase III trial to compare standard and frailty-adjusted induction therapy with ixazomib, lenalidomide and dexamethasone (IRD) and maintenance lenalidomide (R) to lenalidomide plus ixazomib (R+I)

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Sylvia Feyler

RADAR (UK-MRA Myeloma XV): Risk-Adapted therapy Directed According to Response comparing treatment escalation and de-escalation strategies in newly diagnosed patients with multiple myeloma (NDMM) suitable for stem cell transplant (TE).

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Sylvia Feyler

Lung

SKYSCRAPER-03: A Phase III, open label, randomized study of Atezolizumab and Tiragolumab compared with Durvalumab in patients with locally advanced unrespectable stage III non-small cell lung cancer who have not progressed after concurrent platinum-based chemoradiation. 

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Emma Rathbone

NIMBLE: Nodule Immunophenotyping biomarker for lung cancer early diagnosis study.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Steven Thomas

Prostate

STAMPEDE: Systemic Therapy in Advancing or Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Evaluation of Drug Efficacy

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Uschi Hofmann

Other Cancers

ICI Genetics: Identification of genetic factors that predispose to immune checkpoint inhibitor toxicity.  Participants recruited from all forms of cancer. 

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Emma Rathbone

Other Specialty Research

Cardiovasular

EVAREST: The use of blood biomarkers, including Extracellular Vesicles, to improve the diagnostic accuracy of cardiac assessment by stress echocardiogram.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Jeremy Butts

EASY-AS: A Randomised Controlled Trial of Early valve replacement in severe ASYmptomatic Aortic Stenosis.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Hossam Elmahy

Dermatology

BADBIR: British Association of Dermatologists Biologics and Immunomodulators Register

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Corrine Jakeman

Endocrinology

IONIS CORE: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Phase 3 Study of ISIS 678354 Administered Subcutaneously to Patients with Severe Hypertriglyceridemia.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Sabari Haridass

Gastrointestinal

PRED 4: Predicting serious drug side effects in gastroenterology.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Sunil Sonwalker

IBD BioResource: The UK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Bioresource: Progressing from Genetics to Function and Clinical Translation in Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Sunil Sonwalker

GONDOMAR: Goals, Needs and outcome Determinants Of Multimodal therapy in Perianal Crohn's fistula.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Mohammed Allah-Ditta

Health Service & Delivery Research

FALLS: Practices of falls risk assessment and prevention in acute hospital settings: A realist investigation.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Abhijit Chakraborty

PQIP Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme: A patient study improving perioperative care through the use of quality data. Gathering and analysis of patient data using the PQIP Database. 

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Alex Spyridoulias

Physician Associate post-qualification Training in UK hospitals: Experiences of newly qualified PAs and their employers.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Sarah Howarth (PhD)

Haematology

MDS Registry for newly diagnosed patients: A prospective, multicentre European Registry for newly diagnosed patients with Myelodysplastic Syndromes of IPSS low and intermediate-1 subtypes

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Kate Rothwell

MIRTHRIDATE: A phase III, randomised, open-label, Multicenter International Trial comparing ruxolitinib with either HydRoxycarbamIDe or interferon Alpha as first line ThErapy for high risk polycythemia vera.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Sylvia Feyler

Hepatology

PBC Genetics Study: Investigation of the Genetic and Molecular Pathogenesis of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis.

rincipal Investigator (PI): Dr Susan Jones

NAFLD BioResource: A Research Study to Characterise Novel Clinical and Genetic Phenotypes, and Understand the Natural History of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Puneet Chhabra

ALLHEAL: Alcohol and Liver Health.

Principal Investigator (PI):  Dr Swastik Agrawal

Infection

DexEnceph: A pragmatic, randomised, controlled, observer blind trial comparing clinical outcomes in adults who receive dexamethasone alongside standard treatment versus standard treatment alone for Herpes Simplex Virus encephalitis.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Rangaprasad Karadi

Maternity

CRAFT: CeRclage After Full dilaTation caesarean section; an investigation into the role of previous in labour caesarean section in future preterm birth risk and potential management strategies.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Tahira Naeem

OASI2: Evaluation of strategies for care bundle implentation. 

Principal Investigator (PI): Midwife Rachel Clifford & Dr Ranadeb Acharyya

TTTS Registry: A physician-run Multiple Pregnancy Registry in collaboration with the Twin & Multiple Births Association (TAMBA), designed to serve the interests of patients while overcoming challenges of sharing data over great distances while protecting patient privacy.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Fifydani Shamsudin

CAPE: Calcium Supplementation for Prevention of Pre-eclampsia in High Risk Women.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Fifydani Shamsudin

Musculoskeletal

BSRBR: Toxicity from biologic therapy

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Omer Sharif 

INSPIRE: INjectable treatments for patients with Shoulder Pain: a prospective observatIonal study to deteRmine Efficacy: Does injection treatment improve 26-week shoulder symptoms? A multi-centre, observational, prospective study.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Rajesh Menon

Adherence to Shoulder rehab: Exploration of barriers and enablers to shoulder rehabilitation exercises.

Physiotherapist collaborators: Tash Maher & Laura Hedley 

Neurological

Validation of translational biomarkers of neuropathic pain: RECRUITMENT SUSPENDED The Identification and validation of translational biomarkers of Neuropathic Pain.  A matched cohort study investigating biomarkers in several sub-group populations of Neuropathic Pain.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Rajesh Menon

MIDI: Deep Learning for Identification of Abnormalities on Head MRI.

Principal Investigator (PI): Mrs Georgina Turner

MiNDToolkit Feasibility Study: Practical Management of Cognitive and Behavioural Impairment in Motor Neurone Disease.

Prinicpal Investigator (PI): Beth Macdonald

Ophthalmology

GRIP Glaucoma Risk Prediction in ocular hypertension: a cohort study using electronic medical records to validate a risk predictor and determine the cost-effectiveness of different monitoring schemes according to risk of conversion to glaucoma.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Omar Rafiq

SEARCH: Visual scanning training for hemianopia. 

Principal Investigator (PI): Rachael Calvey

Patient-practitioner communication in AMD: Investigating the delivery and impact of patient-practitioner communication in modifying lifestyle of people with Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Indra Dias

ATHENA: Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography for the detection of Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration: a Comprehensive Diagnostic Accuracy Study.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Indra Dias

Other Speciality

Physical activity levels of FH patients: Physical activity levels of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia patients and do they meet the current NICE recommendations.

Principal Investigator (PI): Jillian Webster

Paediatric

BIOJUME: Biology of Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Matthew Taylor

Cleft Collective: Cohort Studies - a large DNA backed prospective resource for the study of the genetic and environmental determinants of cleft lip and/or palate and the long term outcomes in children with cleft lip and/or palate.

Principal Investigator (PI): Rebecca Leon

Cystic Fibrosis: Cystic Fibrosis Registry.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Amal Elnour

Rolandic Epilepsy Genomewide Association International Study (REGAIN): The study’s goal is to find the genetic basis for susceptibility to seizures and associated comorbidities for RE (Rolandic Epilepsy) using genomewide association approaches.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Matthew Taylor

AZTEC-2: Long term follow-up of Azithromycin Therapy for Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity.

Prinicipal Investigator (PI): Dr Gill Sharpe

CF START: The cystic fibrosis (CF) anti-staphylococcal antibiotic prophylaxis trial (CF START); a randomised registry trial to assess the safety and efficacy of flucloxacillin as a longterm prophylaxis agent for infants with CF

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Abdul Mattara

FEED1 - Fluids Exclusively Enteral from Day 1:  A randomised controlled trial of full milk feeds versus intravenous fluids with gradual feeding for preterm infants (30-33 weeks gestational age).

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Abdul Mattara

Renal & Urogenital

RADAR: National Studies of Rare Kidney Diseases

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Rahul Vundru

Respiratory

EMBARC: European Bronchiectasis Registry

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Rehan Naseer

BTS Registry:  RECRUITMENT SUSPENDED Obesity related severe asthma – relationship between body mass index and symptoms, healthcare utilisation, demographics, medications, blood test results and lung function.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Rehan Naseer

TIPAL: The effectiveness and risks of Treating people with Idiopathic Pulmonary fibrosis with the Addition of Lansoprazole: a randomised placebo-controlled multi-centre clinical trial.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Anneka Biswas

TB-DILI: Reintroduction of anti-tuberculosis therapy following drug-induced liver injury: a randomised controlled trial.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Nicholas Scriven

Sexual Health

DEVA: Dequalinium versus usual care antibiotics for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis.  A multicentre randomised, open label, non-inferiority trial.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Emma Street

Positive Voices - National Survey of People with HIV: Development and Implementation of Positive Voices: the National Survey of People Living with HIV.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Emma Street

Stroke

OPTIMAS: A randomised, controlled trial considering Optimal Timing of Anticoagulation after an acute ischaemic stroke.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Manohar Kini

ENRICH-AF: EdoxabaN foR IntraCranial Haemorrhage survivors with atrial fibrillation.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Pratap Rana

PREPARE: imPRoving End of life care Practice in stroke cAREon. 

Principal Investigator (PI): Ashleigh Reeves

Surgical

SUNFLOWER: A randomised controlled trial to establish the clinical and cost effectiveness of expectant management versus pre-operative imaging with Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) in patients with symptomatic gallstones undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy at low or moderate risk of common bile duct stones.

Principal Investigator (PI): Mr Arin Saha

ROSSINI 2: Reduction Of Surgical Site Infection using several Novel Interventions.

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Muneer Junejo

PQIP Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme: A patient study improving perioperative care through the use of quality data. Gathering and analysis of patient data using the PQIP Database. 

Principal Investigator (PI): Dr Alex Spyridoulias

Trauma & Orthopaedics

PROFHER2: A three-arm randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of reverse shoulder arthroplasty versus hemiarthroplasty versus non-surgical care for acute three and four part fractures of the proximal humerus in patients over 65yrs of age - Proximal Fracture Of the Humerus: Evaluation by Randomisation trial No. 2.

Principal Investigator (PI): Mr Neil Pennington

SOFFT:  Suture fixation versus tension band wiring for simple olecranon fracture fixation: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial (Simple Olecranon Fracture Fixation Trial – SOFFT).

Principal Investigator (PI): Mr Neil Pennington