Professor Richard Body

Professor Richard Body MB ChB, FRCEM, PhD
Co-creator, Editor in Chief. St Emlyn’s

  • Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Honorary Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Director, Manchester Diagnostics and Technology Accelerator (DiTA)

 

Biography

I completed my clinical training in Emergency Medicine in Manchester, which included the three-year Critical Care rotation at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.  In 2005 I took up a Doctoral Research Fellowship and I completed my PhD in clinical decision rules to enable early exclusion of acute coronary syndromes in 2009.  In 2010 I took up a post as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer at The University of Manchester.  During that time I was Chief Investigator for a prospective cohort study of 477 patients with the aim of externally validating the (subsequently renamed) Manchester Acute Coronary Syndromes decision rule (UKCRN 8376).

In January 2012 I took up a post as Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I co-founded and became the Research Director for the Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Research Group (EMERGING), overseeing a novel merger with Critical Care research at the Trust.  Over the following 12 months, the EMERGING team developed a large portfolio of both academic and commercial studies with some notable successes, and the team now contains 4 research nurses, two trials co-ordinators, two doctoral fellows and an administration assistant. We are ideally placed to deliver late phase trials in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. With excellent links with Clinical Trials Units, economists and statisticians and our passion to increasingly involve service users in our work, our aim is to be a world leading centre for the delivery of high quality translational research in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.

My personal academic expertise is in analytical modelling, decisio support, diagnostics, the design and conduct of large observational cohort studies and late phase clinical trials. I was the first to report that high sensitivity cardiac troponin assays could be used to ‘rule out’ acute coronary syndromes in many patients who have high sensitivity cardiac troponin concentrations below the limit of detection of the assay (an unconventional cut-off). I have validated this approach in four different studies with high impact publications in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Clinical Chemistry, JAMA Cardiology and Academic Emergency Medicine. This pathway has since been recommended for clinical use by the European Society of Cardiology. Similarly, I was part of an international group of investigators that validated an algorithm to ‘rule in’ and ‘rule out’ acute myocardial infarction with high sensitivity cardiac troponin T within just 1 hour. Again, this algorithm has now been recommended for clinical use by the European Society of Cardiology.

However, I still believe that we can improve diagnostic technology in this field and have reported the development and validation of the Manchester Acute Coronary Syndromes (MACS) prediction model in over 2,000 patients across five studies including one pilot randomised controlled trial. A refined version of this model has been implemented at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and I plan to achieve a phased implementation across a wider territory in Greater Manchester. My future work will focus on refining and improving the MACS models to facilitate dynamic risk stratification, machine learning and shared decision making.

Qualifications
  • 2010 FRCEM (Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine)
  • 2009 PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University: Clinical decision rules for the rapid exclusion of acute coronary syndromes
  • 2003 MRCSEd(A&E) (Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Emergency Medicine section)
  • 2000 MB ChB, University of Manchester
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
  • Member, International Federation for Clinical Chemistry Committee for the Clinical Application of Cardiac Biomarkers (IFCC-CCB)
  • Founder, Manchester Acute Coronary Syndromes (MACS) Academic Group
  • Founder and Research Director, Manchester Emergency Medicine & Intensive Care Research Group (EMERGING)
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Research & Publications Committee, Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Research Committee, European Society for Emergency Medicine
External positions

Director, Manchester Diagnostics and Technology Accelerator (DiTA), Diagnostics and Technology Accelerator (DiTA), Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

1 Apr 2018 → …

Deputy Editor, Emergency Medicine Journal, BMJ Publishing Group Limited

1 Jan 2016 → …

Professor of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Emergency Medicine

1 May 2015 → …

Chair, Regional Research Delivery Group for Injuries & Emergencies and Critical Care, Greater Manchester NIHR Clinical Research Network

1 Jan 2015 → …

Deputy National Specialty Lead, Injuries & Emergencies, NIHR Clinical Research Network

1 Jan 2015 → …

Scientific Chair, EUSEM Congress, European Society for Emergency Medicine

 

Social Media links

Twitter – @richardbody
LinkedIn – Rick Body

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