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PRAM Committee 



Dr Tim Van Hasselt 

NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, OOPR

GRID Neonatal Medicine

Dr Hannah Cooney

ST6 GRID Community Paediatrics

ST1-3 Trainee Representative

Dr Bethany Davies

ST3 Paediatrics


Neonatal Leads

Dr Sebastian Brown

ST8 GRID Neonatal Medicine

Dr Eileen Foster

ST3 Paediatrics

Dr Nikitha Rajaraman

ST4 Paediatrics


Community Paediatrics Lead

Dr Isabel Cowling

ST4 Paediatrics

Dr Hannah Vawda 

ST8 GRID Community Paediatrics

PEM/ Acute Paediatrics Lead

Dr Anandi Singh


Dr Anandini Arumugam

ST4 Paediatrics

Communications/ Newsletter Lead

Dr Rashmi Mehta

ST8 Paediatrics 

Education Leads

Dr Nikitha Rajaraman

ST4 Paediatrics

Dr Shaju Edavana

ST5 Paediatrics 

Ex-Chairs (2018-2022)

Dr Helen McDermott

Dr Hannah Vawda 

Founder of PRAM

Dr Jeremy Kirk

Birmingham Women's and Children’s Hospital

Dr Emma Webb

Consultant Directors

Professor Jeremy Kirk

Birmingham Women's and Children’s Hospital

Professor Andrew Ewer 

Birmingham Women's and Children’s Hospital

Former Members


Dr Kate Harvey (2016-2018)

Vice Chair

Dr Emma Webb (2016-2017)

Dr Kate Harvey (2018-2020)



Dr Laura Duthie (2016-2018)

Dr Kathryn Holliday (2016-2018)

Dr Sarah Williamson (2018-2022)


Neonatal Lead

Dr Kate Atkinson (2016-2019)

Dr Anna Gregory (2016-2019)

Haematology/Oncology Lead

Dr Charlotte Ratcliffe (2017-2019)

Education Lead

Dr Diana Aguirre (2019-2022)

Dr Siva Balasubramanian (2021)


Communications/ Newsletter Lead

Dr Charlotte Ratcliffe (2017-2019)


Neonatal sub-committee
Community sub-committee
PEM/ Acute-Paediatrics sub-committee


PRAM is a collaborative and it is recognised that the success of any research project is dependent on the effort of many individuals working together as a team. Our research is published under the collective name of PRAM to emphasise the importance of teamwork to our organisation. However, it is also important to recognise the contribution of individual members without which the projects could not even begin. The various levels of contribution are summarised on this page.



Regional Project Lead(s)


This is defined as the individual(s) who is/are responsible for the design and inception of the study. The role will usually involve:

  • Devising the Research and Development proposal and trial protocol

  • Liaising with the Research and Development department

  • Applying for research grants if required

  • Seeking ethics committee approval for the project where necessary

  • Managing and co-ordinating the conduct of the study across the region

  • Collating and analysing the study data

  • Presenting the data at a regional or national level

  • Submitting any resulting articles for publication



Local Trust Project Lead(s)


This is defined as the individual(s) who is/are responsible for the management of the regional project at a local trust level. The role will usually (but not exclusively) involve:

  • Liaising with the local Research and Development department

  • Liaising with the local Clinical Governance department

  • Co-ordinating with the Regional Project Lead(s) to refine research protocols and data collection forms

  • Advertising projects at the local trust level

  • Co-ordinating and managing the team of PRaM trainees for patient recruitment and data collection

  • Presenting the data and results at a local level



Local Trust Project Investigator


This is defined as a PRAM individual who is not involved in long-term local project management (as outlined above), but is significantly involved in the study, above and beyond data collection. This role will usually involve:

  • Leading a team of Local Trust Project Contributors for individual days of a project

  • Making an extensive contribution to patient consent, recruitment and/or data collection



Local Trust Project Contributor


This is defined as any individual who is involved with patient recruitment and/or data collection, whether a member of PRAM or not.

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