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Dhruv Parekh
Dhruv Parekh

Dr Dhruv Parekh, Associate Professor in Respiratory Medicine at the University of Birmingham, has been selected to join the 2022 cohort of The Academy of Medical Sciences' Future Leaders in Innovation, Enterprise and Research (FLIER) Programme. 

Alongside his role as Associate Professor in Respiratory Medicine, he is also a Consultant in Critical Care and Respiratory Medicine at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust. Dr Parkeh has been selected as one of 19 participants to join the highly competitive programme from organisations across the UK life sciences sector. The third round of cross-sector leadership programme is set to start in June 2022.

The FLIER Programme aims to equip emerging leaders with skills to help solve the biggest health challenges we will face, and enable them to seize opportunities afforded by new discoveries in science, technology and medicine.

I am immensely excited to join the next cohort of the AMS FLIER programme. Tackling health challenges and implementing innovation requires leadership collaboration across the NHS, academia, industry and policy-makers. This unique opportunity will allow me to develop further advanced leadership skills at a crucial time in my career, giving me time to learn, reflect and grow my understanding of life sciences cross-sector leadership challenges and synergy. FLIER will enable me to improve the impact of my research and leadership of groups and collaborations in acute care and my vision to improve inclusivity and equality in research to reduce health inequalities. I’m grateful to the Academy and am excited to meet my FLIER cohort to start the conversations on how best to bring about progressive, impactful and innovative change to improve health.

Dr Dhruv Parekh, Associate Professor in Respiratory Medicine, University of Birmingham

Professor Paul Stewart, the FLIER leadership programme's Vice-President (Clinical) and Chair of the FLIER Taskforce comments, "This immersive leadership programme is a fantastic opportunity for those who want to bring about change in their sphere of work and have ideas about how to work with others to solve problems in health. FLIER gives participants the time to reflect, helps them learn more about good leadership and introduces them to an exceptional group of talented people who help them achieve their vision."

Dr Rasha Al-Lamee, a previous FLIER participant from cohort 2 and a Clinical Academic Interventional Cardiology Consultant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, says: “I joined the FLIER programme at a crucial time in my career. I was transitioning from being a member of an established research group to leading my own team. The programme was instrumental in shaping my leadership style and helping me not to feel overwhelmed by my new responsibilities. I have used my new skills to try to ensure that my group is successful and that each individual member enjoys what they do.” 

The third round of the FLIER programme has been launched on Tuesday 28th June 2022 and will continue to Wednesday 29th June 2022. FLIER participants will meet each other and find out further information on what to expect from the programme. Participants were also invited to attend an evening reception hosted by the Academy of Medical Sciences on Tuesday 28th June 2022. The reception welcomed new FLIER participants into the Academy and provided them with the opportunity to meet previous FLIER alumni, Academy Fellows, and current leaders in the Life Sciences sector.