Award for University of Manchester Clinical Lecturer by the Royal Society of Medicine

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Posted on the 3rd July 2017

On 10th May 2017 Dr Meghna Jani, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer at The University of Manchester was awarded the Eric Bywaters prize for Rheumatology & Rehabilitation research from The Royal Society of Medicine for her presentation on assessing the comparative safety of opioid medications for non-cancer pain.

Opioids are a class of strong painkillers and the subject has received much international attention recently, with an ‘opioid epidemic’ of rapidly escalating use and associated prescription opioid-related deaths. Drug related overdoses the biggest killer in the United States in the under 50s, with opioids accounting for over 66% of this. Respiratory depression is the most serious side effect of such drugs and can lead to death, which was focus of this presentation.

Meghna is the lead researcher for the GM Connected Health Cities Opioid pathfinder project which uses de-identified data from Electronic Patient Records at Salford Royal Foundation Trust to analyse the safety of opioid medications for non-cancer pain. The access to this data has revolutionised the research process allowing access to administered and prescribed medication to allow a more accurate analysis of exposure to opioid medications than previously possible. This work is being done with Professor Will Dixon, Medical Director of the Greater Manchester Connected Health Cities and Director of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology.

The Eric Bywater prize is named after the British physician credited with developing rheumatology as an independent medical discipline. The award is given to aspiring rheumatology specialist registrars and research fellows. The prize showcases the high calibre of research being undertaken by specialist registrars and consultants of the future.

We’d like to congratulate Dr Jani on her success and if you would like to find out more about the Opioid pathfinder project, please click here.

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