University of Sunderland putting health research in the spotlight

Sunderland University's Prof Scott Wilkes pictured at the Sciences Complex.
Sunderland University's Prof Scott Wilkes pictured at the Sciences Complex.
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A leading academic and practicing GP will speak in the city about the potentially life-changing health research being carried out across the region.

Scott Wilkes, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Sunderland, is kicking-off the 2015 Professorial Lecture Series at 6pm on Thursday, June 4, at Murray Library Lecture Theatre in Chester Road.

Free to all, the talk will cover Professor Wilkes’ own research, looking at areas such as fertility management, thyroid disease and HPV screening. He will also explain his roles in the region’s clinical research network and research funding committee.

He said: “My focus is on embedding new technologies in clinical consultations which are quite broad, so some of the projects I’ll be touching on will be, for example, self-sampling for Human Papilloma Virus, which is going to contribute to changing the face of cervical screening in the UK - moving away from the old smear test.”

The lecture will also cover his role as the leader of the Primary Care Speciality Group of the Clinical Research Network in the North East, which connects GPs and their patients with clinical trials, amounting to around 5,000 people every year.

He said: “I’m really excited about giving the first Professorial Lecture of the year, but what I am most excited about is giving people an insight into who I am, what I do, and how I can help them.”

The University of Sunderland’s Professorial Lectures are aimed at academics, professionals and the general public. For more information and to register your place visit