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A research nurse at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences has won an award in recognition of the huge difference she has made to health research.

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Jo Cook was given a 'Star Research Nurse' award at the inaugural Thames Valley Health Research Awards, held at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford on 12 October.

Mrs Cook, who is based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, has undertaken the recruitment and ten year follow-up of over 400 patients with heart disease for the Arterial Revascularisation Trial (ART) into cardiac surgery in Oxford.

Commenting on her success, Mrs Cook said: 'It was a complete surprise to receive the award as I didn't even know I'd been nominated. What made it even more special was that it was one of my colleagues that nominated me.'

30 teams and individuals, who have made a real difference to health research across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes), were honoured at the awards ceremony. View the full list of winners.

The event was hosted by the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Thames Valley and South Midlands, the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS, which is hosted by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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