Paul Harrison has over 35 years of experience in research. His first degree was in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey in 1981, specialising in Toxicology. After working as a Clinical Biochemist for 2 years, he started his research career in Haemostasis and Thrombosis at St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in the Coagulation Research Department and obtained his PhD in 1988 from the University of London. After 10 years at St.Thomas’s, he then became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oklahoma before returning as a Lecturer at the Haemostasis Research group at University College London in 1995. In 2001 he became a clinical scientist at the Oxford Haemophilia and Thrombosis Centre. In 2013 he was appointed as the Scar Free Foundation Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Paul has now published over 180 papers and book chapters. He is a Past-President of the British Society of Haemostasis amp; Thrombosis (BSHT) and a Past-Chairman of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Platelet Physiology Scientific and standardization committee. In 2010 Paul was featured as one of the top 100 healthcare scientists in the UK by the Department of Health.
Paul Harrison is researching into the influence of both burn and traumatic injury on the systemic inflammatory response with a particular focus on haemostatic and thrombotic parameters. The team has discovered a number of candidate biomarkers for the early diagnosis of sepsis in burn injury that will be confirmed in an ongoing larger prospective study. We are also studying the ultra-early response to traumatic injury and its role in determining response and patient outcomes to injury. Paul is also a collaborator on the PATH-2 (Platelet Rich Plasma in Achilles Tendon Healing) trial coordinated by the University of Oxford. His main interests are Neutrophil Extracellular TRAPs, platelet biology, inflammation, platelets in regenerative medicine, flow cytometry, platelet counting, platelet kinetics, platelet function testing and extracellular vesicles.
Other positions held
- Member of the Birmingham Platelet Group
- Editor in Chief of the international journal: Platelets
- Board member of the International Council for Standardization in Haematology (ICSH)
- Trustee for the Platelet Society
- BSc (Hons) Biochemistry – University of Surrey
- PhD (Biochemistry) – University of London
- Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath)
University of Birmingham