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Professor Simon Harding recently won Clinical Research Practitioner of the Year at the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2019.

The North West Coast tops the league table for recruitment into ophthalmology research. Professor Simon Harding has taken a leading role in this achievement, working with Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, The University of Liverpool and many NIHR partner trusts. Seventy six per cent of hospitals in England now offer patients the opportunity to take part in eye disease studies and 15,500 patients per year are offered innovative treatments for diseases such as age-related macular degeneration.

The award was presented to Professor Harding by Steve Warburton, Chief Executive of Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust. It was the fourth North West Coast awards event and was held at the Hilton Liverpool, hosted by Roger Phillips of BBC Radio Merseyside. It was organised jointly by the Innovation Agency; NIHR Clinical Research Network: North West Coast; and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast.

Professor Harding had this to say after winning the award