The NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre PI/PE activities are led by Dr James Ferguson, a liver transplant physician based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. He has published extensively and is involved in a number of research collaborations. He leads the National liver accreditation scheme IQILS aimed at improving the care for patients with liver disease. He has led on the establishment of an award-winning patient portal myhealth@QEHB at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
Laura Chapman is the NIHR Birmingham BRC Public Involvement & Public Engagement Manager. She has experience of championing diversity and inclusion from a career in Human Resources (private sector and NHS organisations) and conducting research with the public on readability/usability of Patient Information Leaflets for medicines.
Our PIPE Groups
The NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre recognises the value of PI/PE in all stages of our research and has already established active PI groups in our current BRU and in Rheumatology. The groups include Birmingham Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership (R2P2), Muscle Health Public Involvement in Research Group (MHPIRG), and The Liver GI PPI Reference Group. They are involved in all aspects of our research programme and have led on projects identifying barriers to accessing research and assessing whether patient information sheets inform participants involved in research. You can find out more about each group by clicking on one of the icons below.