Dr Rahul Mahida, Respiratory Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, has been awarded a Clinician Scientist Fellowship by the Medical Research Council (MRC) with total funding of £1.3M over 5 years.
The MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship is a level of funding provided by the Medical Research Council to enable academic researchers to move into being independent investigators in a medical research field. Up to 80% of the full economic cost of research is funded, and salaries and project costs are funded for up to five years.
“On being awarded the Clinician Scientist Fellowship, I felt elated to have been given the opportunity to continue this important work. I felt grateful to the MRC for recognising my potential to be an independent clinical academic, and thankful to my colleagues and collaborators for their continued support. This Fellowship will fund vital research investigating the role of extracellular vesicle mediated immune dysfunction in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and subsequent Pulmonary Fibrosis. My proposed research has the potential to identify novel therapeutic strategies for patients suffering from these devastating conditions.”Dr Rahul Mahida, Respiratory Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham
The fellowship is a personal award aiming to support individuals seeing to transition to independence through protected research time and an ambitious programme of research training and personal career development.
Dr Mahida will be utilising the funding award towards investigating the role of extracellular vesicles and their cargo in the pathogenesis of acute respiratory distress syndrome and pulmonary fibrosis.