Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s RPS Practice Research Award is Dr Sarah Slight. The award is intended to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of pharmacy research and who have the potential to become a leader in the field. Last year’s winner Dr Debi Bhattacharya is now a valued member of Pharmacy Research UK’s Scientific Advisory Panel.
Dr Sarah Slight is a Reader in Pharmacy Practice at Newcastle University and Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. The panel noted Sarah’s extensive history of peer reviewing grant proposals and her profound record of international collaborations and influence on public policy as reasons for winning the award.
Each year, the winner of the award presents a lecture on a topic related to their research field. This year Sarah will be presenting her lecture at this year’s RPS Winter Summit at Mary Ward House in London. Entitled ‘How can health information technologies improve patient safety?’ the lecture will draw on Sarah’s international experience around the topic of medication errors and health information technology.
Asked about winning the award, Dr Slight enthused:
“I’m extremely honoured to receive this award from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. I owe a great deal of credit to my research group at the School of Pharmacy at Newcastle University and feel very fortunate to have worked alongside excellent colleagues both nationally and internationally. As an academic pharmacist, I also feel very privileged that our research has improved the lives of patients and their families in many different ways.”
The winner of the award was announced at the RPS Conference to rapturous applause. Dr Slight’s lecture will be a highlight of the RPS Winter Summit in December, capping off a busy 2017 which also saw the University of Durham’s Pharmacy School move to Newcastle University.
Dr Slight is a long term supporter of the charity and in 2018 she will act as Chair to the annual Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference (HSRPP), to be held at Newcastle University. Tickets, accommodation and abstract submission for this event are currently available via the PRUK website.