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Dr Raliat Onatade, Group Chief Pharmacist at Barts, to give closing keynote at Research Students' Summer Conference

Dr Onatade "an inspirational leader" who is also Chief Pharmacist at the newly-established NHS North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Alliance

MDX is delighted to announce that Dr Raliat Onatade, Group Chief Pharmacist and Clinical Director for Medicine Optimisation at Barts Health NHS Trust will be the closing keynote speaker at the MDX Research Students' Summer Conference, Research in a Changing World, held online on Wednesday 23rd June.

Dr Onatade is a recent alumna of MDX, receiving her Professional Doctorate (Health) in Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice in 2019. She is a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, a Clinical Lecturer at King's College London, and prior to Bart's was for 12 years Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Clinical Services, at King's College Hospital. She is currently researching Validity and Reliability of IMPACCTS, a tool used to rate the clinical significance of pharmacy clinical contributions to care.

In recent months, Dr Onatade has had a key role in setting up the large-scale vaccination hub at the NHS Nightingale in East London, one of seven "mega-centres" opened across England in mid-January. Speaking to The Times about welcoming the first patients to be vaccinated, she said she felt "emotional actually, because they trust us". The Centre's Pharmacy Manager and project lead, Tejal Patel, said Onatade is an "inspirational leader" in an interview with Clinical Pharmacy Congress.

This month Dr Onatade has taken up an additional post as Chief Pharmacist of NHS North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Alliance, a multi-disciplinary organisation to support the introduction of genomic medicine into the mainstream healthcare system.

The Research Conference is the annual event for research students and early career researchers at MDX, as a platform to share ideas, create fruitful collaborations and celebrate research, and this year offers the opportunity to explore how the unique events of the pandemic relate to students’ research.

It embraces the University's three overseas campuses and Collaborative Partner Institutions that offer research degrees: New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Metanoia, Institute, London School of Theology, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Hult Ashridge Executive Education and KMU Akademie. The opening keynote speech will be given by MDX Vice-Chancellor Nic Beech, who will describe his route to becoming a Vice-Chancellor through various academic and non-academic roles, across disciplines and continents.

Abstract submission is open for students in any discipline until 6th April. For more information about the conference please email researchdegrees@mdx.ac.uk.

Click here for the Research Students' Summer Conference website.

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