Aneel has been a core member of the GlobalSurg steering committee, which has delivered three international cohort studies, working with 3000 surgeons across 100 countries to collect prospective data on 40,000 patients. These studies aim at providing high quality data on surgical care in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
Following pilot work to develop a global surgery RCT proposal supported by the Joint Global Health Trials (MRC/Wellcome Trust/NIHR/UK AID), the National Institute for Health Research supported the establishment of the NIHR Unit on Global Surgery at the University of Birmingham.
As a key member of the Unit, Aneel is working with LMIC partners to co-ordinate the establishment of overseas research hubs. These are delivering the FALCON, CHEETAH, and PENGUIN trials. Aneel is the chief investigator of the novel cluster randomised CHEETAH trial, which will recruit 12,000 patients from low and middle income countries across Africa, Asia, and South America.
UK trainee research networks
Aneel's achievements within the West Midlands Research Collaborative (WMRC) include:
- Leading the first national trainee-led cohort study, the National Appendectomy Audit in 2012.
- Trainee Chief Investigator for the Reinforcement of Closure of Stoma Site (ROCSS) randomised controlled trial. ROCSS is currently in its follow-up phase having randomised 790 patients to prophylactic biological mesh at the time of stoma closure versus control.
- Co-applicant and TMG member for the Reduction of Surgical Site Infection using a Novel Intervention 2 (ROSSINI-2) RCT, the first multi-arm, multi-stage trial in gastrointestinal surgery.
- Senior lead for the Right Iliac Fossa Treatment (RIFT) Study in 2017, which captured prospective data on over 11,000 patients presenting with RIF pain across 270 units in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, and Portugal.
- Hosting the annual National Research Collaborative Meeting in 2009-12 and 2017. The 2017 meeting attracted 250 students, trainees, consultants and research staff from across the UK.
Aneel was the senior founding member of Student Audit and Research in Surgery (STARSurg), a national student-driven research network which engages medical students in high quality research. Aneel has supervised three national cohort studies run by the STARSurg, in addition to running annual collaborator meetings which attract over 150 medical students from across the UK.