New medical professors appointed to drive forward research


A team of new professors have been appointed by the University of Wolverhampton and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to drive forward medical research in the region.

The new Professors in Clinical Practice and Medicine will lead joint research projects aimed at improving patient care and treatments.

They will also supervise the next generation of researchers, secure external funding for projects and work at a national and international level.

The seven Professors have expertise in a range of areas including cardiology, neonatology and haematology and will work across both the University and the Trust.  

They join Professor Baldev Singh, who was appointed in 2015 to lead the partnership’s ground-breaking Clinical Fellowship Programme.

A number of the professorships were conferred at a graduation ceremony at the University on Wednesday, 18 September 2019.

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor, said: “The University of Wolverhampton is proud to be changing lives and making a difference through the inspiring work of our research community. A key priority is to have a positive impact on the health and social care landscape in our regions, and we are delighted to be developing new clinical professor roles with our partners at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

“The new appointments will take forward the joint strategic research aims of both the University and the Trust, and be active at a national and international level. Working in areas such as cardiology, neonatology and haematology, the new professors in clinical practice and medicine will lead research projects, supervise the next generation of experts and secure external funding to support our world-leading research.”

Professor James Cotton, Professor of Cardiology and Clinical Cardiologist, said: “These appointments mark a huge step forward for clinical research in the Black Country. This commitment from the University of Wolverhampton and the Royal Wolverhampton Trust will allow us to develop first class research projects targeting the considerable health challenges faced by our local population.”

The new professors are:

  • Professor Rousseau Gama, Professor of Laboratory and Metabolic Medicine
  • Dr Supratik Basu, Professor of Haematology
  • Dr Thillagavathie Pillay, Professor of Neonatology
  • Professor James Cotton, Professor of Cardiology
  • Dr David Churchill, Professor of Obstetrics
  • Professor Matthew Brookes, Professor of Gastroenterology
  • Dr Helen Steed, Professor of Gastroenterology

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Caption: Back row - Prof Supratik Basu, Prof James Cotton, Professor Geoff Layer, David Loughton, Prof Steve Field

Front row - Prof Rousseau Gama, Prof Thillagavathie Pillay

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Date Issued: Thursday, 26 September 2019

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