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Southampton infectious disease expert wins research award

Dr Nathan Brendish has been honoured with a prestigious Young Investigator award.

His research is advancing rapid tests that help stop the spread of hospital infections.

The international prize recognises excellence in research and encourages growth at a top scientific level.

Dr Brendish is a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine at the University of Southampton. He is also part of the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

He was presented the award at the ESCMID Global annual congress. The event took place in Barcelona at the end of April.

Award-winning work

The prestigious award is presented by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID).

Dr Brendish’s work focuses on point-of-care-testing for respiratory viruses and other infections. The innovative approach cuts diagnosis times.

He has spearheaded four landmark trials within Professor Tristan Clark’s research group. This work forms part of the Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection theme at our NIHR Southampton BRC.

Showcasing findings

ESCMID Global brings together experts and specialists working in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. There were over 18,000 attendees this year.

Award recipients have the opportunity to deliver a lecture on their research.

Dr Brendish’s lecture was entitled ‘Getting to the point of point-of-care testing.’ It considered the future of this approach and its importance for patient care.

Dr Brendish said: “It is a great honour to receive this young investigator award.

“The support I’ve received from the NIHR Southampton BRC has been instrumental in achieving this significant milestone. I am proud to contribute to important work focused on improving care for patients with infectious diseases.”


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