Academic Foundation Programme and NIHR-BRC and BTRU Trainees' Annual Research Day
25th July 2016 University Centre, Cambridge.  Supported by NIHR BRC and BTRU – Cambridge

The Academic Foundation Programme, NIHR-BRC and Blood and Transplant Research Unit (BTRU) Research Day was attended by more than 50 trainees and provided an opportunity for BRC and BTRU trainees and Academic Foundation Programme Year 2 (AFP2) trainees to present their research. Prof Andrew McCaskie and Dr Menna Clatworthy started the day with a short welcome and introductory talk. Prof Andrew Bradley and Prof Edwin Chilvers were invited guests and judges for the event.

There were eleven oral presentations, including some given by BRC trainees, Katrina Andrews, Alexandra Davies and Tom Hird that covered a range of research topics including ‘Investigation of novel mosaic variants in segmental overgrowth disorders’, ‘Proteomic investigations of adaptor protein complex 4 (AP-4) function reveal novel AP-4 cargo and machinery’ and ‘Burden of diabetes and first evidence for the utility of HbA1c for diagnosis and detection of diabetes in urban black South Africans: The Durban Diabetes Study’. In addition to trainee presentations the audience also enjoyed a talk from the Key Note Speaker, Prof David Rowitch on his work investigating the biology of myelination.

There was also a display of twenty two posters on a variety of topics, such as ‘Oxygen-enhanced MRI in breast cancer’ and ‘Using genomics to determine causes of disease heterogeneity’. The posters were available to review throughout the day. Attendees were given a bound abstract book to take away with them.

To close the afternoon Professor Andrew McCaskie and Dr Menna Clatworthy commended everyone on the high quality of this year’s presentations and posters. Prizes were awarded for the winner and the runner up of the best presentation and the winner and runner up of the best poster. Tom Hird received the runner up prize for best presentation. 





Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) surgeries for researchers

The Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, in collaboration with the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England, are running on-site drop-in sessions on Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), which is now expected to be integrated into all NIHR funded research. These surgeries will be for support and advice on PPI at all stages of a research proposal, from an idea, to a final grant application and then throughout your project.
During these sessions, our representatives will be able to explain the basics of PPI, offer advice on incorporating PPI into your work, signpost valuable resources and help improve the quality of your research by adding a vital public element. 20 minute sessions will be run on-site at CUH at bi-monthly intervals with slots allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available to all staff working across the CUH campus.

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Trainees being funded by the NIHR

A video has been made to showcase some trainees that have been funded by the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre. Click here to view the video and see what funding can do for you. 

Developing a Clinical Academic Career

NIHR TCC has been working with Health Education England (HEE) to create a short informative animation about research opportunities available as part of the Clinical Academic Career pathway. The video aims to promote and explain how NIHR TCC is building the capacity and capability of the current and future workforce to embrace and actively engage with research. It is aimed at all healthcare professionals that may be considering a clinical academic career. To watch the video, click here