NIHR Clinician Scientist in Global Surgery Fellowship Awarded to Mr Aneel Bhangu

Mr Aneel Bhangu

Mr Aneel Bhangu has been awarded a prestigious NIHR Clinician Scientist in Global Surgery Fellowship which will support the development of major surgical research trials in low and middle income countries

Mr Aneel Bhangu has been successful in obtaining a prestigious NIHR Clinician Scientist in Global Surgery fellowship after a nationally competitive application process. Commencing in 2019, this 5-year award will support him as a mid-career researcher to transition to independence. It also supports development of major surgical research trials in low and middle income countries, fitting with the UK’s international development goals. This includes setting research priorities with overseas frontline surgeons and UK methodologists, as done recently in Kigali, Rwanda (November 2018).

Mr Bhangu recently completed his higher surgical training in the West Midlands, after a PhD at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London in 2014. He is now based within the NIHR Unit on Global Surgery, hosted by the University of Birmingham at the Institute of Translational Medicine. Mr Bhangu will start as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in early 2019.

The NIHR Clinician Scientist in Global Surgery Fellowship

The NIHR Clinician Scientist Global Surgery Fellowship is a post-doctoral research training fellowship of up to 5 years, funded by the NIHR Trainees Co-ordinating Centre (NIHR TCC). It is designed to support medical and dentally qualified clinical-academic researchers whose work focuses on people and patient-based clinical and applied health research.

This is a prestigious award with many awardees invited to join and chair various committees and panels.  Over half of those who have completed the award currently have Professorial chairs, with some also progressing onto the highly esteemed NIHR Research Professorship award. 

"This Fellowship gives me the independence and resources to train how to deliver a large cluster randomised trial across several countries. It will also allow me to transition to leadership, so by the end of the Fellowship, I will be able to lead an independent research programme" –  Mr Aneel Bhangu.


Mr Bhangu hopes that by receiving this Fellowship he will be able to:

  • Deliver a large pilot cluster randomised trial across several countries, including LMICs.
  • Learn how to collaborate and function in Global Health environments.
  • Learn to work with collaborators to prioritise new research.
  • Transition into an independent Global Health leader.

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