A new series of portraits documenting researchers and patients involved in healthcare research has been unveiled by the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) in an online photography exhibition.
The new gallery of portraits, called ‘Humans of health research,’ shows staff and patients involved in research across the AHSC and includes researchers from the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
Imperial College AHSC is a partnership that aims to accelerate the translation of scientific breakthroughs into new ways to improve patient care and maintain the health of the public. Its members are Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, The Institute of Cancer Research and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Over the last two years, research and clinical work led by AHSC partners has had a significant impact on a national and global scale. This work includes developing a rapid test for Covid-19 to diagnose the virus in hospitals, leading clinical trials to treat critically ill patients with steroids and working with NHS partners to vaccinate healthcare workers.
The photography exhibition will include NIHR Imperial BRC researchers and NHS staff from across the partnership working in a range of medical specialities and roles, alongside their patients who have benefited from the research work.
Each portrait features interviews with the subjects who talk about why they do research, key highlights, and advice for future researchers. Patients also talk about the reasons why they got involved in research, their experiences, and how these have changed their health and lives.
The first set of portraits and interviews features NIHR Imperial BRC researcher Professor Hashim Ahmed, consultant urological surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, chair of urology in the department of surgery and cancer at Imperial College London. His research focuses on prostate cancer diagnosis, imaging, biopsy and minimally invasive therapies.