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

The SRGs achievements and impact were described in an Editorial for Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology in 2018. That editorial is Open Access and available for you to read here.

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
Occupational Therapy
Dr Jennifer McAnuff, Clinical Academic Occupational Therapist, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Morag Andrew, Consultant in Community Paediatrics, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Ben Marlow, Consultant Paediatrician Neurodisability, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
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
Professor Samantha Johnson, Professor of Child Development, University of Leicester
Dr Sinead Rhodes, Deputy Director of the SMC Reserch Centre, Edinburgh University
Speech & Language Therapy
Prof 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
Amanda Allard, Assistant Director, Council for Disabled Children

Past Committee Members

Chinwe Osuchukwu - Oxford
Allan Colver - Newcastle
Melissa Gladstone - Liverpool
Val Harpin - Sheffield
Andrew Lloyd Evans - London
Stuart Logan - Exeter 
Ian Male - Brighton
Anne O'Hare - Edinburgh
Doug Simkiss - Birmingham
Speech & Language Therapy
Nicola Jolleff - London
Diane Sellers - Sussex
Vicky Slonims - London
Emma Honey - Newcastle
Juliet Goldbart - Manchester
Helen McConachie - Newcastle
Chris Oliver - Birmingham
Nicola Yuille - Sussex
Chris Morris - Exeter
Morag Andrew - Oxford
Caroline Bodey - Bristol
Occupational Therapy
Rob Brooks, Leeds
Anne Gordon - London
Niina Kolemainen - Newcastle
Dawn Pickering - Cardiff
Terry Pountney - Sussex
Nick Preston - Leeds
Joanne Smith - Leeds

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