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Following the official start of the AHSC designation on 01 April 2014, the Centre for Translational Medicine (CTM) for women’s and children’s health (Women’s Health, Neonatology and Paediatrics), one of Imperial College AHSC’s programmes, held its first meeting on 9 June to discuss new ideas for future plans.

The CTM brings together some of the most respected clinical academic leaders in women’s and children’s health within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London, and focuses on accelerating the translation of science into health discoveries.

Harnessing talent

CTM lead Professor Andrew Bush is also Professor of Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute, and chair of this meeting.

Professor Beate Kampmann

Professor Beate Kampmann

He said: “There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the meeting. The group agreed that there are many pockets of research excellence within the programme, e.g., the work by Professor Michael Levin, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine, is focused on life threatening infections of childhood; the immunisation programme for pregnant women in the UK and Gambia by Professor Beate Kampmann, Professor of Paediatric Infection & Immunity; as well as other impactful research and nursing activities. To begin with, the CTM intends to initiate a mapping exercise to learn about all the excellent translational research activities which are happening within the specialty, and communicate that with each other via an electronic medium, i.e., blog, to stimulate ideas for growth.”

“We would also like to identify the barriers which our talent pools are facing that are hindering their research from progressing forward. Delivering translational research is by no means easy. We want to help by linking the right people together to move their research along into the next phase.”

Speaking about the messages that he would like to get across to AHSC colleagues, Professor Bush said: “We want to hear from people who are the doers and drivers of these projects, whether they are medical students, academic trainees and staff from both the College and Trust. We want the brightest people to come forward to present their exciting projects and communicate their research.”

“With enough engagement and participation, we hope to hold a meeting next year to showcase the whole spectrum of our excellent work in women’s and children’s Health – whether in research, clinical care or education – and stimulate ideas amongst the AHSC community.”

Watch a video of Professor Andrew Bush introducing the aims of the programme, its work across the College and Trust and its vision for the future.