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Primary Care Research Showcase

Primary Care Clinical Sciences are inviting colleagues across the College to hear about the latest research in Primary Care within the School of Health and Population Sciences. There will be Special Guest speakers from within the Department and poster presentations to view and discuss throughout the afternoon.

Thursday 19th June 2014


CPD Forum in the Medical School

For further information please contact Catherine Taylor


Upcoming PERCAT events

The next PERCAT Masterclass – Career Opportunities in Schools will be held on Wednesday 7 May 1.00-2.00 pm N143 IBR Seminar Room  

This Masterclass will be delivered by Tony Evans and Helen Wood – Head and Deputy Head of Prince Henry’s School, Evesham.

Further details via www.birmingham.ac.uk/percat

Open to all – registration is required for this event.


Places still available for the next PERCAT Scriptoria Scientific Writing Workshop 9-10 June

Further details via www.birmingham.ac.uk/percat

New BBSRC funding opportunities

There are two key schemes currently open with BBSRC it may well be worth you considering applying to.

  • The first of these is ALERT 14, which wants proposals for multi-project/multi-use equipment (typically £250k-£750k) to enhance capabilities in areas of science in the BBSRC remit, particularly where they pioneer the use of emerging advanced research technology.
  • The second is the BBSRC’s Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship, which is targeted at early career researchers seeking to become independent who have “high potential” and no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience. The call is also open to current PhD students who are expected to have completed their PhD viva exam prior to announcement of the awarded AFLFs (30 November 2014).

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National Lung Matrix Trial launched

The University of Birmingham’s Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit is to be part of an innovative clinical trial to test a variety of medicines which could offer hope to patients who would otherwise have very limited treatment options.

Led by chief investigator Professor Gary Middleton, the trial will partner Cancer Research UK with pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Pfizer to create a pioneering clinical trial for patients with advanced lung cancer – marking a new era of research into personalised medicines to treat cancer. Continue reading

Medici Enterprise Training Programme Recruitment Event

Monday 19th May 2013, 12-1pm (Lunch provided)

Institute of R&D, Birmingham Research Park

Have you ever thought about the commercial potential of your research?

Come along to the Medici recruitment event on Monday 19th May to find out more. This session will be an opportunity to find about the Medici programme and how it can benefit your research career, you’ll hear from previous Medici fellows; Professor Andrew Peet from the School of Cancer Sciences and Professor Ed Rainger from the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine about how the course has developed the scope and applications of their research.

Medici is an intensive training programme designed for research staff wanting to commercialise their research. It is also for researchers who are already involved in a project and want to improve their business skills and knowledge in order to engage with industry with professionalism and confidence.

Application forms for the Medici 2014/15 programme are available from Sofia Hansrod, together with further information and dates. Places on the course are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Register for the event at: http://bit.ly/1gAkg4s

For further information visit: http://www.bizzinn.org/training.php

A very warm welcome to the future

Greetings to everyone lighting eyes upon this, the new MDS R&KT Office blog. I never imagined I would be doing anything as strange as blogging or Tweeting, unless perhaps I was sat on my rocket-powered armchair eating space pills in the far future. However, it had occurred to many of us in the team that the constant e-mail fatigue – and subsequent risk of useful and important info being deleted – was getting pretty overwhelming, and we wanted to make sure that there was a constant source of information and advice for MDS researchers and support staff to refer to. Continue reading