Director, NIHR Comprehensive Clinical Research Networks
Professor Stephen Smye is Director of Research and Innovation at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Comprehensive Clinical Research Network. Professor Smye is a physicist by profession, with degrees from Cambridge University, Imperial College, and Leeds University. He is a member of the NIHR Advisory and Strategy Boards and the Royal College of Physicians’ Standing Committee on Academic Medicine, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the College in 2005. He was also Director of the NIHR Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care for Leeds, York and Bradford and Professor of Medical Physics and Health Research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at Leeds University.
He aims to encourage high quality translational research and innovation, including supporting good working relationships between basic scientists and clinicians at both a local and national level. With University colleagues, he helped establish the Leeds Biomedical and Health Research Centre and is engaged in a number of research programmes, notably in mathematical modelling of physiological processes. He was a co-applicant on a successful application to the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC for £11m to create a medical engineering centre of excellence in Leeds (http://www.welmec.leeds.ac.uk/) with a focus on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, and a co-investigator on the EPSRC/TSB/BBSRC-funded Innovation and Knowledge Centre in Medical Technologies and led the Systems Medicine development theme in the Cancer Research UK Leeds Cancer Centre.
He was a co-applicant on two recent successful NIHR awards; NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative in liver, renal and musculoskeletal diseases (£1m, 2013-2017) and a Health Technology Co-operative in Colorectal Therapies (£800k, 2013-2016). He is also involved in a second NIHR Health Technology Co-operative (Devices for Dignity) and a member of the Welcome Trust/DH Health Innovation Challenge Fund joint funding panel.