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Leading Wales Awards

11 April 2011

Professor Kerry Hood

A key University academic who leads the drive to increase the number and quality of trials in health and social care in Wales has been shortlisted for a major award in recognition of her ‘outstanding management and leadership’ skills.

Professor Kerry Hood, Director of the University’s South East Wales Trials Unit (SEWTU) based in the School of Medicine, has been nominated for a Leading Wales Award 2011.

Nominated in the Public Sector category, the awards are given to people who show exceptional leadership within any public sector organisation in Wales and includes Local Authorities, Schools, NHS, Colleges of FE and Higher Education.

Professor Chris Butler, Head of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University and Dean of Research, School of Medicine said: "The South East Wales Trials Unit (SEWTU) draws together and develops expertise in trials and other well designed multi-centre studies to form an experienced team to support clinical research excellence in Wales.

"The Unit is currently supporting 40 studies, with research grants totalling more than £34M. SEWTU-supported studies are impacting on health care quality around the world. 131 papers have been published including many in the BMJ, one of which was a finalist for the paper of the year award in 2010.

Leading Wales Awards

"Under Professor Hood’s leadership the number of high quality randomised controlled trials led by Welsh investigators has increased dramatically. Her Unit provides high quality co-ordination of international quality applied research across Wales, the UK and beyond.

"Being shortlisted for such a prestigious award recognises her outstanding achievements in biostatistics, clinical research study design, management and leadership."

Celebrating their 7th year, the Leading Wales Awards aim to seek out and identify all those people whose leadership is making a real difference.

Developed by a consortium of professional institutes, voluntary and public sector bodies including Cardiff Business School, as well as private companies, the awards recognise and celebrate personal achievement in outstanding leadership and management in Wales.

The judges seek nominees who through real leadership are making a difference in Wales, impacting positively on moving their community, business or organisation forward.

The winners will be announced at an official awards lunch and ceremony on 19th May 2011.