NIHR Research Fellow attends Parliament to talk about the difference research is making

Jo Bird, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, in the Department of Oncology & Metabolism, attended the latest NIHR Parliamentary day, a drop-in event showcasing the world-class research funded and supported by the NIHR. The event provided an opportunity for Parliamentarians to find out more about research taking place across the country and how, over the last 10 years, the NIHR has transformed the research environment in England and become the most integrated health research system in the world, driving faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients, the public and the economy.

Speakers at the event included Dame Sally Davies (Chief Medical Officer for England) and George Freeman MP (Minister for Life Sciences) who talked about his support for the NIHR and its research. MPs then had the opportunity to talk to NIHR members and associates in four areas: Patients improving health now and for future generations; NIHR is a system for supporting evidence generation, propagation and dissemination through research; The NIHR’s people, facilities and research not only improve the health of the nation, they are a major driver of economic growth; The next generation of research leaders is in our hands.

Jo talked about her PhD project exploring the experience and support needs of patients with melanoma and their carers along with her clinical role and overall experience as an NIHR trainee.