Research Support: Capacity and Development

Capacity and Development provides training and academic support across the BRC.

Dr Menna Clatworthy

The NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre recognises the importance of training the next generation of academic clinicians and biomedical scientists. We have (and are) supporting research training fellowships, attracting the most able clinicians and scientists to pursue PhDs in biomedical research (see fellows page for details).The fellows cover all medical disciplines and support is provided through mentoring, social events and a summer symposium at which the fellows present their work.

Our current objective is to develop a programme to enable basic scientists to embark on their first biomedical research study. To do this, we are supporting students as they undertaking Mathematics, Genomics and Medicine (MGM) PhDs, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. This is aimed at basic scientists who may have a first degree in physics, biology, engineering, biochemistry or mathematics, to bring them into a biomedical environment for their graduate studies.

We will also continue to assist the most talented clinicians to pursue a career in academic medicine, through the provision of 1 year priming fellowships, in partnership with the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT). These Fellowships provide an opportunity for clinicians who have not had significant laboratory experience to spend a year developing a project and generating preliminary data to allow them to submit a competitive application to one of the national Clinical Training PhD Fellowships from the Wellcome and MRC.

In addition, we provide some support for the Academic Foundation Year posts and are expanding training and career development activity for Clinicians post-PhD (including assistance to optimise the retention of excellent women translational scientists in clinical academia) and for non-medical health care professionals.