In 2008, the Strategic Research Group (SRG) was formed with the aims:

  • To identify and encourage high quality clinical research in childhood disability in Britain; in particular collaborative multi-disciplinary projects
  • To encourage and assist people in the field , including families, young people and clinicians, to identify research priorities
  • To facilitate and support the development of major research applications to Wellcome, Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research and national charitable funding bodies
  • To encourage and help clinicians, who are interested, to participate in research, and potentially pursue an academic career path

SRG Committee

Prof Jeremy Parr, Paediatrician and Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Neurodisability, Newcastle
Dr Kate Oulton, Senior Research Fellow / Clinical Academic Programme Lead, Great Ormond St Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Joanne Smith, Associate Professor in Child Nursing, University of Leeds
Occupational Therapy
Dr Rob Brooks, Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University
Dr Chinwe Osuchukwu, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Central & North West London NHS Trust
Dr Melissa Gladstone, Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Neurodisability, University of Liverpool
Dr Sarah Crombie, Professional Lead Physiotherapist, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Lesley Katchburian, NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow / Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Neurodisability, Great Ormond St Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Prof Juliet Goldbart, Professor of Developmental Disabilities, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Sinead Rhodes, Deputy Director of the SMC Reserch Centre, Edinburgh University
Speech & Language Therapy
Dr Lindsay Pennington, Reader in Communication Disorders, Newcastle University
Dr Penny Williams, Consultant Speech & Language Therapist, Evelina Children's Hospital, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Trainee Representative
Jennifer McAnuff, NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, Newcastle University and Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Amanda Allard, Assistant Director, Council for Disabled Children

Past Committee Members

Allan Colver - Newcastle
Doug Simkiss - Birmingham
Andrew Lloyd Evans - London
Val Harpin - Sheffield
Stuart Logan - Exeter
Ian Male - Brighton
Speech & Language Therapy
Diane Sellers - Sussex
Nicola Jolleff - London
Vicky Slonims - London
Emma Honey - Newcastle
Helen McConachie - Newcastle
Nicola Yuille - Sussex
Chris Oliver - Birmingham
Chris Morris - Exeter
Morag Andrew - Oxford
Caroline Bodey - Bristol
Occupational Therapy
Anne Gordon - London
Niina Kolemainen - Newcastle
Dawn Pickering - Cardiff
Terry Pountney - Sussex
Nick Preston - Leeds

British Academy of Childhood Disability is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1177868
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