PhD student wins New Investigator Award

Posted on 31 October 2017

A PhD student from the Department has received an award for research as part of his studies

Dr Ahmad Salman (right) receives his award from Professor Patrick Doherty (left)

Dr Ahmad Salman, a PhD student within the Department of Health Sciences, has been awarded the New Investigator Award from the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR).

The award is given in recognition of research that shows clear evidence of sound scientific background, originality and content which recognises novel, important work by new researchers in the field.

Ahmad recently attended the 2017 BACPR conference, which was held in London in October. Supervised by Professor Patrick Doherty, Professor of Cardiovascular Health and Deputy Head of Department (Research), and supported by the National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR) team, Ahmad presented an oral presentation entitled ‘Determinants of smoking cessation in patients attending cardiac rehabilitation’. He received this prestigious award in recognition of the research he conducted with Professor Doherty as part of his PhD. He also received a prize for his oral presentation.

Ahmad said: “I am pleased that the BACPR chose my abstract for presentation and I feel extremely privileged to receive the BACPR award. It was an amazing and very important experience for my research and career. It was quite unexpected, and it just goes to show that, after a very challenging three years, hard work pays off and it’s great to have it acknowledged. It’s given me the motivation I need to continue researching and do well in my PhD.”

Patrick said: "This research helps us better understand which factors determine patient outcome and enables clinical teams to use this to tailor rehab for individual patients".