Professor Bryant trained in veterinary medicine and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, but much of her work is also concerned with human biology. She specialises in the field of innate immunity, which is one of the first lines of defence against antigens, harmful materials, entering the body. This has led to work developing medicines for treating allergies and Alzheimer’s disease.
Professor Rachel Collis’ work in the field of obstetric anaesthesia and has improved the clinical management and standards of care for women worldwide. Most of her time is devoted to direct patient care and her research questions has been formed whilst working in the clinical environment. Her main interests have been reducing pain during childbirth and new insights into the management of post-partum haemorrhage leading to improving maternal outcomes.
Professor Jamie Davies, Professor of Experimental Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh, works on the embryonic development of the kidney. In effect, his research has meant that mini-kidneys can be made from stem cells, vastly improving the study of kidney development, the testing of drugs and the treatment of kidney disease.
Professor Hunt is an influential figure in the fields of clinical and academic healthcare in the UK. She has played a crucial role in developing clinicians and researchers in Wales and has encouraged and supported nursing and midwifery academics and NHS clinicians in grant-seeking, research dissemination and paper writing. Professor Hunt is a member of the All Wales Individual Patient Funding Request Panel – IPFR Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee. Her contributions to improving the health of the people of Wales, the NHS, research and education have been outstanding.
As Head of Solid Cancers within Cardiff University’s Division of Cancer and Genetics, Professor Parker specializes in developing tumour selective virotherapies, that target and infect cancer cells without affecting normal cells. His work, and the potential treatments it heralds, is regularly featured in the media and he uses the importance of (and excitement surrounding) his work in outreach and engagement activities.