Annual Clinical Academic Training Event

The Annual Clinical Academic Training Event takes place Thursday, 2nd October 2014 from 2:30 – 7:00 pm.    The afternoon includes a workshop, presentations from four Clinical Academic Trainees & Clinical Doctoral Researchers and a Key Note Lecture. Continue reading


News from the School for Dentistry

Students in Dentistry win prestigious national prizes for their research:

Praveen Sharma in the Periodontal Research Group has won the Sir Wilfred Fish Prize at the Presidential British Society for Periodontology meeting in September 2014. The Sir Wilfred Fish Research Prize, instituted in 1970, is awarded annually by the British Society of Periodontology, with the object of encouraging researchers in the early stages of their career. The Prize takes the form of a cash award of £1000 together with a certificate. This is the second year running that the PRG have had a winner of this prize (last year’s was won by Martin Ling) and have had six winners in total.

Binish Khatoon, whose PhD is in educational research into mobile learning, has been awarded 1st prize in the British Dental Editors Forum Young Communicator of the Year Award for her paper ‘Can we learn, teach and practise dentistry anywhere, anytime?’ British Dental Journal 2013; 215: 345-347. This national award is given to a young person who has created a significant dental communication such as a refereed article, journalism, social media, video, podcast, or any other form of communication.

Well done to both students for these great achievements.

New Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation call

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications to Grand Challenges Explorations, which has awarded over 1070 grants in over 58 countries to date.

Grand Challenges Explorations seeks innovative global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies. Continue reading

MRC Board and Panel vacancies

Would you like to sit on a board or panel for the MRC?

The Research Boards hold their own research budgets and review and manage scientific activity within their specialist areas.

Applications are now being invited from scientists with the relevant experience and expertise to become members of Boards and Panels from April 2015. There are 22-25 vacancies in the four Research Boards, and 22 vacancies in the MRC’s six Panels.

Further information is available on the MRC website.

CRUK Event 18th September

Cancer Research UK have outlined their CRUK Research Strategy and are launching this strategy along with new funding streams at a series of events at key centres around the UK.  A key element of their new strategy is multi-disciplinary research and this is reflected in their recent call for multi-disciplinary research proposals.

The Birmingham CRUK Research Strategy Event  will be on the 18th September 2014; CRUK Research Strategy Event Birmingham. The event is hoped to encourage cross-discipline cancer research in Birmingham.

The meeting will be held in the Seminar Room, S104, in the School of Cancer Sciences on Vincent Drive.

Open Access Update

A £12-million Charity Open Access Fund project has been set up by the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, the Breast Cancer Campaign, Arthritis Research UK, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and the British Heart Foundation.

Researchers with funding from the charities will be eligible to apply to the fund to cover costs incurred when publishing papers with immediate, unrestricted open access.

Further information is available here.