The Clinical Director for the Norfolk and Suffolk CLRN is Dr Andoni Toms.
Andoni Toms is a consultant musculoskeletal radiologist at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and an honorary senior lecturer at UEA. He graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in 1991. After completing his FRCS in 1995 he went to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge (1996-2001) to undergo specialty training in radiology before moving to the University of Toronto in 2001 as a Fellow in Musculoskeletal Radiology. He was appointed a consultant radiologist at NNUH in 2002. He has been the lead for radiology research since 2004, a member of the NNUH Research Governance Committee since 2004 and was Director of the Radiology Academy from 2007 to 2010. His particular areas of research interest include orthopaedic prostheses, carpal instability and functional gut imaging. He has published over 50 peer reviewed papers and given over 20 invited lectures at national and international scientific conferences. Andoni has recently been awarded the Royal College of Radiologists’ Roentgen Professorship for 2011.
Jeremy Turner graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1993, gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1996 and commenced speciality training at the Royal Post Graduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital.
In 1999, Dr Turner was awarded a Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellowship and undertook research into molecular genetics of endocrine and metabolic disorders at Oxford University.After moving back to London and becoming interested in the emerging field of metabolic inflammation, he was awarded a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Fellowship in 2005.
Between 2005 and 2009, he was Senior Lecturer at Imperial College and Honorary Consultant Physician at Charing Cross Hospital in London. During this time he studied the role of adipose tissue inflammation in obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. In 2009, he moved to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to take up a post as consultant endocrinologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UEA. He continues to have an active research interest in adipose inflammation and mechanisms of insulin resistance and is currently supervising two research students in this field.
Chris Roberts was born in Hertfordshire and educated at the local Grammar School and studied medicine at UMDS (Guy’s Campus) qualifying in 1992. He completed his Orthopaedic training rotation in Cambridge and East Anglia, subsequently undertaking two Fellowships. The first being a General Upper Limb Fellowship in Brisbane, Australia and the second a six month Shoulder Fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa under Dr Joe De Beer.
Chris was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in Upper Limb surgery at Ipswich Hospital in 2004. He has maintained a strong interest in clinical research throughout his career. Chris is the local principal investigator many national multi-centre studies on the NIHR portfolio. The Orthopaedic department at Ipswich Hospital now has the support of two CLRN funded Clinical trials practitioners which has greatly enhanced their ability to undertake research. Chris is on the Editorial board for the Journal of Arthroscopy and review for the British Journal of Bone and Joint surgery. Chris has recently been appointed as visiting Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at University Campus Suffolk.
Top row from left to right is Ash Badal, Finance Manager; Andoni Toms, Clinical Director; Esther Thomas, Senior Research Nurse Manager; Jeremy Turner, Co-director; David Ward, Information Manager; Kath Jones, Senior Manager; Chris Roberts, Co-director; Mary Cubitt, Lead RM&G Manager
Bottom row from left to right is Sara Thompson, RM&G Project Support Officer; Rebecca Owens, Support Manager; Karen Creasey, Industry Manager; Bridget Nobbs, Administrator
The day to day operation of the CLRN is supported by an Executive Group, led by the CLRN Clinical Director, which has representation from primary, secondary and tertiary care and mental health.
Members of the Executive Group are:
- Clinical Director - Dr Andoni Toms
- Co-Director - Mr Chris Roberts
- Co-Director - Dr Jeremy Turner
- Senior Manager - Mrs Kath Jones
- Lead RM&G Manager - Dr Mary Cubitt
- Secondary Care representative - Dr Richard Watts
- Primary Care representative - Dr Helen MacDonald (PCRN)
- Primary Care representative - Dr Neil Macey
- Mental Health representative - Dr Uju Ugochukwu
- HEI representative - Professor Alastair Watson