We open this sixth edition of our newsletter with the excellent news that Unit Director Professor Dion Morton has received an OBE! Please read on to find out more. We are also very pleased to announce the publication of the first COVIDSurg-Cancer paper and to share news on the Unit’s studies and activities.

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Professor Dion Morton has been appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to innovation in the NHS. Huge congratulations to Dion for this well-deserved recognition.  

NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery Holds Annual Meeting Online

This is the time of year we are usually planning our annual research prioritisation meeting – looking forward to meeting friends and colleagues for meetings and training. This year sadly the Covid19 pandemic has prevented us from meeting in person so it was a real delight to see so many of our unit members join us for an online meeting on the 8th of October 2020. As always, it was extremely encouraging to hear of the developments and achievements across our partners and studies. We look forward to celebrating these developments together in person in the not-to-distant future.   


As FALCON completed its recruitment journey in September, the network is busy inputting and cleansing data in preparation for swift publication. Calls have been scheduled to discuss the final remaining actions with Hub teams individually; with a view to completing data entry and cleansing by 08/11/2020. The team in Birmingham are grateful as ever to teams across the network, who are working so hard to ensure the trial is published as quickly as possible.