M Nirmalan

M Nirmalan, MB BS, MD, FRCA, PhD, FFICM


Accepting PhD Students

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


I currently undertake 7 Direct Patient Care (DPC) clinical sessions at Manchester Royal Infirmary and 5 academic sessions at the Manchester Medical School.

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health: I am the Vice Dean for Social Responsibility and Public Engagement. My key research themes are Global Health and Post conflict disability. I also have a keen interest in the use of creative arts in communicating complex health messages in deprived communities.

Manchester Medical School: Until August 2016, I was the Director of Clinical Placements and Academic Lead for Years 3,4&5. In this role I led the team responsible for overhauling the entire clinical curriculum and for introducing Mandatory Minimum Standards for all UG Clinical Placements in Manchester and Lancashire.  

National Roles: I am a member of of Strategy Advisory Board of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UKRI, Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK

Manchester Royal Infirmary: I am a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine. The ICU is one of the larger Units in the UK with approximately 40 (Level 2 and Level 3 beds).

International: Visiting Professor in Intensive Care Medicine, University of Cairo Egypt; Visiting Professor in Post-Conflict studies, University of Gulu, Uganda


I graduated from the University of Colombo, Sri lanka in 1990 (MB BS). I obtained the MD(Anesthesiology) from the University of Colombo in 1994 and FRCA(London) in 1996. I worked for the Medical Research Council (UK) Trauma Group between 1999-2001 and during this period I undertook research on the pulmonary consequences of shock. This led to my PhD thesis "Quantifying pulmonary injury in shock" in 2001. I completed my specialist training in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care at the North West Deanery and was appointed Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2002. I joined the Manchester Medical School in 2010 and In 2015 was appointed as Professor in Medical Education and Training.

Research interests

My current research interests are:

1. Global Health:

a. Mitigating the cultural, organisational and technical challenges faced by patients suffering from major limb loss (MLL) in post conflict settings. This project is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the GCRF (£220K). As part of this project we have completed the first ever prevalence study of MLL in Northern Uganda. We have also set up the first ever out-reach prosthetic limb clinic in Northern Uganda. This clinic delivered 52 artificial limbs using the outreach model in 2019. Request for further funding for the continuation of this project - aimed at establishing a network between the UK, Uganda and Sri lanka is currently under consideration by the MRC UK (£1 Million) : Principal Investigator

b. Pilot project aimed at establishing the impediments to the use of face masks in informal settlements in Kenya. This project is funded by GCRF (£ 103K). This project has created a network of UK and Kenyan academics aimed at testing the efficacy of a multi-modal public health bundle to prevent the transmission of virus infections in Kenyan slums (Principal investigator)

2. Novel biomarkers for risk stratification in trauma: We are currently interested in cell based and circulating biomarkers that may be used for risk stratification. We use flow cytomtry and mass spectrometry to characterise these biomarkers in patients' serum. 


1. Lead for the CC&C Module, Division of Medical education, FBMH

My collaborations


  • Professor Jared Mecha, University of Nairoby
  • Dr Bernhards Ogutu, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KMRI)
  • Professor Emanuel Moro, University of Gulu, Uganda
  • Dr Abdellah Ziraba, African Population and Health Research Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Chair: Health Education England Working group: Student Elective placements in LMICs

Member of Senior Leadership Team, FBMH

Member of Social Responsibility Governance Group, University of Manchester.

Member, Anaesthetic Research Society (UK)


MBBS (Col): 1990

MD (Col): 1994

FRCA (Lon): 1996

PhD (Manchester): 2001

FFICM (Lon): 2012

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Visiting Professor in Post Conflict Studies, Gulu University

1 Jan 201921 Jun 2024

Visiting Professor in Critical care medicine, Cairo University

1 May 201221 Jun 2024

Consultant, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

1 Jan 200330 Jun 2022

Areas of expertise

  • R Medicine (General)
  • Global health

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Creative Manchester


  • Critica care
  • sepsis
  • trauma
  • biomarkers
  • outcome
  • intensive care


Dive into the research topics where M Nirmalan is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or