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Northern Health Science Alliance strengthens its growing team

Northern Health Science Alliance strengthens its growing team

Lancashire GP, Dr Sunil Nedungayil, has been appointed as the Associate Medical Director for Healthy Ageing at the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA).

The NHSA, the North’s leading life sciences cluster, has grown its team significantly since the start of the year with appointments made across a range of expertise.

Dr Sunil Nedungayil took up the role of Associate Medical Director for Healthy Ageing in March, which he is delivering alongside his work as a General Practitioner in East Lancashire.

Dr Nedungayil, whose frontline work has focused on the health and wellbeing needs of the community, has a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of ageing.

Speaking of his appointment, he said: “I’m delighted to join the NHSA and I am looking forward to working with our members to champion the exceptional healthy ageing work taking place across the North. As a frontline clinician, I have the expertise and knowledge to contribute to this important area of work, which aims to enable people to spend more years in good health. The NHSA is ideally placed to drive this change in the North and I’m thrilled to be part of the team.”

Alongside Dr Nedungayil, five other appointments have been made within the NHSA team, including Helen Cole, Industry Partnerships Manager; Mhairi Murdoch, Events and Visits Officer; Vanessa Nolan, Administrative Officer; Sean Collins, Senior Designer; and Ruth Lawson, Communications Manager.

The appointments come at an important time for the NHSA following the start of multimillion-pound Research England-funded partnership project between the NHSA and MedCity earlier this year, which will improve the visibility of UK life sciences expertise on the international stage.

Dr Séamus O’Neill, Chief Executive at the NHSA, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Sunil, Helen, Mhairi, Vanessa, Sean and Ruth to the NHSA team during an exciting period of growth for the organisation.

“Each team member brings a valuable set of skills to the table and they will all play an important role as the NHSA continues to work towards building a healthy and prosperous North through health research and innovation excellence.”

The NHSA is a partnership that links 10 universities and 10 research-intensive NHS Teaching Trusts with four Academic Health Science Networks across the North of England.

The organisation acts as a front door for northern health innovation, brokering research collaborations, attracting investment, and providing a unified voice for the region’s health research system.