Fellows Symposium – Thursday 9 July

Following the tremendous success of previous Fellows Symposia, this year we have opened up the event to include Fellows from the whole of CMDS.  The event is suitable for all levels from PhD students to Professors.  Presenters will be recently appointed Birmingham Fellows who have secured their own independent funding from a variety of sources, usually at an early stage in their career.  They will  be talking about their research in lay terms so that everyone will be able to understand, even if it is not your area of expertise.  Registration details and a full programme with talk titles will be announced shortly.

The event will take place in the Leonard Deacon Theatre.


Pint of Science Festival

Last week Birmingham successfully hosted its first Pint of Science Festival in pubs across the city.  Aimed at informing the public about relevant scientific information such as the notion of personalised cancer treatment and how robots can help us with defence and security.  Several academics and students from MDS took part in the sold out events, from organising the events and speaking on the nights to volunteering at the venues.  You can find out more information here and you can follow the Pint of Science team on twitter @pintofscience and see all the tweets and photos from the week!

A guest post from the Director of the History of Medicine Unit, Jonathan Reinarz – a major Hospital History Conference

On 9th April the International Network for the History of Hospitals (INHH) held their biennial conference in Dubrovnik on the theme ‘Segregation and Integration’.  Home to some of the world’s first quarantine institutions, Croatia was suited to this theme.  On this occasion, which saw two dozen presentations on institutions from the medieval to the modern period, I delivered a paper on the emergence of burns units in the UK, c. 1845 – 1950.

The photo shows quarantine provision outside the city walls.

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College of Medical and Dental Sciences Fellowship Scheme

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is proud to be offering a fellowship programme for outstanding clinical and non-clinical researchers who wish to apply for independent research fellowships funded by organisations such as the EU, Research Councils UK, the Wellcome Trust, other research charities such as CRUK, BHF and Arthritis Research UK, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  We would expect you to align with our key strengths in the following areas:  Immunity, Infection and Inflammation, Cancer, Applied Health Research, Metabolism and Reproduction and Cardiovascular Sciences.

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HRUK Translational Research Project Grants

The deadline for applications for Heart Research UK Translational Project Grants is 1 pm, Monday, 1st June 2015.

Translational research bridges the gap between scientific research and patient care, bringing about clinical benefits in the most efficient way.  These grants show commitment to supporting innovative “bench-to-bedside” research which can improve the health and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Grants of up to £150,000 can be applied for – please go here for further details of how to apply.

Amie Wilson reports from Africa

Who am I?

I’m Dr. Amie Wilson, International Trial co-ordinator for the AIMS Trial (Antibiotics In Miscarriage Surgery).  I am a  midwife with a true passion for improving maternal health in low resource setting.

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AIMS is an international study working to improve miscarriage care in low income countries.  The study will involve 3400 women from Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Pakistan.  Miscarriage is common and affects around 20 million women every year.  The study will tell us if giving a single dose of antibiotics before surgery for miscarriage will reduce infection. Continue reading

Named Lecture Series – Christie Gordon Lecture 2015

Progress in understanding the genetic basis of coronary artery disease 

Professor Sir Nilesh J Samani – British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiology, University of Leicester

Wednesday, 27th May 2015 at 5:00 pm, Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre, Medical School Building

Nilesh Samani is British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiology at the University of Leicester and Director of the NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit and Consultant in Interventional Cardiology at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and an NIHR Senior Investigator.  His research is focused on understanding the genetic basis of common cardiovascular diseases. Continue reading