Published: 13 April 2017 at 11:12
Award recognises Professor Paul White's leadership and contribution to innovation
Professor Paul White, Chair in Clinical Engineering at Anglia Ruskin University, has been awarded Healthcare Scientist of the Year for his contribution to leadership, research and innovation.
Professor White, who is Head of Clinical Engineering at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH), received the prestigious accolade at the Chief Scientific Officer’s Healthcare Science Awards in March which showcases the contribution that science makes to the NHS and public health.
Professor White manages a team of 52 in clinical engineering at CUH but sets aside one day a week for his passion in research. He has been looking into pioneering ways of assessing cardiac function in different diseases.This groundbreaking, internationally renowned research has been predominantly undertaken at Papworth Hospital.
During his 32-year career, Professor White has been involved in many projects and his research has been integral in improving patient results.
The most significant breakthrough he has been involved in is the collaboration with Papworth Transplant Surgeons into the use of non-beating hearts as a source for transplantation.
In 2015, the team at Papworth performed Europe’s first heart transplant using a heart that had stopped beating – known as a deceased circulatory donor (DCD).
To date, Papworth have performed 28 DCD heart transplants and the programme has doubled the number of transplants undertaken at the hospital.
The procedure involved re-starting the heart in the donor five minutes after death and supplying it and other vital organs with blood and nutrients at body temperature.
The organ is then removed and transferred to a heart-in-a-box machine, where it is kept nourished and beating for a further three hours before the transplant surgery at Papworth.
A selection of other major projects Professor White has been involved in:
Professor White said:
Dr Mike Scott, Lead Scientist at CUH, said: