Acute Care Research
Acute Care is any unplanned healthcare contact or escalation in hospital healthcare requirements. It includes not only front door medicine and surgery, but peri and post-operative and critical care for both adults and children.
Professor Fang Gao
Professor in Anaethesia, Critical Care and Pain
Professor David Thickett
Professor in Respiratory Medicine
Each year the NHS provides 110 million unplanned, acute patient contacts, with unplanned admissions to hospital rising. The cost of acute care to the NHS is £17 billion each year. Adults and children from BAME communities and those from poorer socioeconomic areas are 50% more likely to present acutely to healthcare services and their care journey is more chaotic, associated with worse outcomes. Despite critical need, this area of healthcare has seen less innovation than any other.
The aim of the Birmingham Acute Care Research Group is to provide an evidence base for the management of acute illness across the life-course and across specialities. Compromising of a broad range of medical and surgical doctors, anaesthetists, intensivists, allied-health care professionals, discovery scientists, bioinformaticians and trialists across adults and paediatric specialities, our research spans cutting edge translational science, early to late phase clinical trials of medicines and devices and process evaluation.
To improve the health of patients of all ages, leading translational and clinical research in Acute Care, by working together across disciplines; linking academia, industry and the NHS.
Acute Care Research Principal Investigators
| Principal Investigator||Research Interest |
|Professor Fang Gao
||Pre-clinical, translational and clinical research in perioperative and critical care medicine
|Professor David Thickett
||Primary lung epithelial and macrophage biology
| Dr Elizabeth Sapey
||Non-communicable inflammatory diseases associated with ageing.
| Dr Dhruv Parekh
||Developing novel therapies in ARDS, perioperative inflammation, sepsis and critical care.
| Dr Jaimin Patel
||Outcomes of patients following emergency surgery, immune responses to sepsis/inflammation and acute lung injury.
| Dr Babu Naidu
||Mechanism, detection and therapy of post operative acute lung injury.
| Dr Barney Scholefield
||Early prognostic modelling of neurodevelopmental outcome for children after cardiac arrest.
| Dr Aaron Scott
||Respiratory inflammation in both the acute (ARDS) and chronic setting (COPD, IPF), and the development of novel therapeutics.