Prize gives boost to hospital research
09 October 2012
A research project by Southend University Hospital to improve treatment for patients with stiff and painful shoulder joints has beaten off tough competition to win a cash prize.
The £3,000 Constance Thornton Fellowship 2012, a research grant
awarded by the Royal College of Radiologists, will boost Dr Matthew
Tam's planned research into the inflammatory condition polymyalgia
rheumatic (PMR) in conjunction with consultant rheumatologist
Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta.
Dr Tam, consultant interventional radiologist at Southend, said:
"It is a pilot study which will give us a greater understanding of
the biology at a cellular level in this condition. That in turn
will lead to better treatments and better outcomes for
The project is looking at a new biopsy technique to identify
specific characteristics of the disease.
The prize follows the publication this year of five
peer-reviewed articles by Dr Tam in a number of major professional
journals. He is currently preparing an educational book on
interventional radiology which is due for publication in 2014.
Dr Tam said the Fellowship award would lead to more information
being published and allow larger clinical studies into shoulder
inflammation to be set up.
"We will be able to gather more information about what is
happening in the tissues and it will form the foundation for future
As a council member of the British Association of Clinical
Anatomists, Dr Tam is also hosting delegates from medical schools
all over the country at a one-day conference at Anglia Ruskin
University's postgraduate medical institute in December.