The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit contributes to the national paediatric intensive care database and has collaborative research with other PICUs in the UK and in South America. The main research themes within PICU are Inflammation and Immune Response, Nutrition and Metabolism, Brain Injury, Endocrinology of critical illness, and blood conservation.
Dr Nazima Pathan has been appointed as University of Cambridge Lecturer in Paediatric Intensive Care, with an honorary contract with Addenbrooke’s as Consultant in PICU. She comes from Imperial College London and the Royal Brompton Hospital where she was a HEFCE funded clinical academic. She has an interest in inflammation, sepsis physiology and nutrition/metabolism in critical illness. She is able to supervise PhD students interested in a Paediatric Critical Care research project.
Dr Roddy O’Donnell leads research into the immune response to respiratory infection. His research focus is on the immune response to severe respiratory viral infections in children. Dr O’Donnell is involved with the PICAnet national audit on both the clinical advisory group and steering group and is chair of the acute respiratory failure sub group of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society.
Dr Sarah Morley leads research in Blood conservation. Dr Morley is a consultant for the PICU and for the National Blood Services. Her special interest and research is in coagulation disorders and strategies for blood conservation. She chairs the education and science committee for the Paediatric Intensive Care Society.
Dr Ricardo Branco has established a research theme on the endocrinology of critical illness, with focus on critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency (CIRCI), insulin therapy, and somatotropic resistance. Dr Branco also has an interest in the endocrine response to cardiac surgery in children. He has a strong collaboration with PICUs in South America.
Jenna Ridout is a newly appointed research nurse to the PICU. Her primary role is assisting with the running of a European study looking at sepsis in children. She has a particular interest in paediatric gastroenterology and infection.
Debbie White is the research nurse on the PICU assisting medical and nursing staff with both research and audit projects. She has a particular interest in head injury care and ventilation.
For clinically related issues please visit Addenbrooke’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit