Professor Sue Mawson – Core Project Manager, and Director NIHR CLAHRC YH.
In 2008 Sue led the successful South Yorkshire application to become a National Institute of Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in applied Research and Care (CLAHRC). This multidisciplinary research community was driven by both the needs of people with long term conditions and the need to address health inequalities within our South Yorkshire communities. Following the initial pilot Sue led the successful application for a Yorkshire and Humber White Rose, NHS bid to NIHR launching the new collaboration in January of 2014. The CLAHRC’s in England are charged with undertaking applied research in chronic disease management and public health, identifying news ways of enabling the adoption and diffusion of evidence based innovations. The Yorkshire and Humber CLAHRC has an emphasis on participatory design methods underpinned by principles of codesign, engagement and reducing health inequalities. www.clahrc-sy.nihr.ac.uk;
As a Professor of Health Services research Sue’s work focuses on improving the quality of life of people with long term conditions, capitalising on new innovations in sensor and digital technologies. This interdisciplinary work, has integrated clinical researchers with engineers, designers, and digital media specialists. This has led to close links with industry and a number of publications in the field of tele health.
Dr. Christopher McDermott – Reader in Neurology, Consultant Neurologist, University of Sheffield.
Dr McDermott studied for his medical degree at the University of Leeds graduating in 1994. He then continued his general medical and specialist neurology training in Leeds before taking up a clinical research training fellowship at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He moved to the University of Sheffield with Professor Dame Pamela Shaw in 2000 to undertake his Wellcome Trust Research Training PhD Fellowship and to complete his Specialist Training in Neurology to become a Consultant Neurologist in 2006. Dr McDermott, now a Reader in Neurology at SITraN, is Co-Director of the Sheffield MND Care and Research Centre and a Consultant Neurologist at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust, regularly undertaking specialist clinics in Sheffield and Barnsley.
Dr McDermott’s is passionate about designing and developing modern and assistive technologies for patients with neuromuscular weakness; harnessing skills and engineering techniques to produce new advanced materials and clothing to help patients better manage their physical symptoms due to muscle weakness. Examples include the “Head Up” study where a new neck support collar was designed from scratch and manufactured to help MND patients who were suffering from neck droop. Another research project is looking at using telemedicine technology to enable more interactive communication between patients, carers and their clinical management team in order to better manage their condition.
Professor David Cotterrell – Professor of Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University.
David Cotterrell is an installation artist working across media and technologies to explore the social and political tendencies of a world at once shared and divided.
The practice is typified by an interest in intersection: whether fleeting encounter or heavily orchestrated event, Cotterrell’s works explore the human condition and the breaks or nuances that can lead to a less ambiguous understanding of the world they inhabit. Encapsulating the roles of programmer, producer and director, Cotterrell works to develop projects that can embrace the quiet spaces that are the sites for action, which might (or might not) be clearly understood in the future. Cotterrell’s work has been commissioned and shown extensively in Europe, the United States and Asia.