Last Chance (deadline 5th December) – Arts & Science Festival – Call for events

The University of Birmingham’s Art & Science Festival will return for its third year in 2015. Running Monday 16 – Sunday 22 March 2015 and themed ‘Sight & Sound’, the festival will be a free programme showcasing culture, research and collaboration at the University through talks, exhibition, performances, workshops and screenings. 

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The Issues with Tissues

The Issues with Tissues (3)

Monday 17th November 12.00-1.00 IBR Seminar

Room (N143)

A significant number of clinical research studies collect, store and use human tissue which requires compliance with applicable legislation and regulatory standards. There is a wealth of support and information within the University to ensure that you are able to both understand and comply with these regulations. This seminar will give you further information regarding the regulations and the support available within the University to help your research with human tissue.

Speakers are:

  • Dr Jane Steele Director, Human Biomaterials Resource Centre
  • Dr Clark Crawford Research Governance Officer

Seminar: Health Informatics and the possibilities for your research.

Monday 20th October 11.30-12.30 IBR Seminar Room (N143)

The seminar will showcase two sources of Health informatics data, give examples of how researchers have used these resources and opportunities for your own research to be enhanced by the resources.

Speakers are:

  • Professor Tom Marshall, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care. Tom uses The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database, a source of electronic primary care records to assist earlier identification of chronic diseases.
  • Dr Krish Nirantharakumar is a Senior Clinical Lecturer his research focuses on the role of informatics and digital technology in the management of diabetes and multiple morbidities.
  • Daniel Ray is Director of Informatics at UHB and one of the leads in the Quality and Outcomes Research Unit (QuORU) at UHB

Open to all, no registration required.


Workshop on Intelligent Computation and Biomedical Research

Michael Biehl,  Professor of Computer Science and Machine Learning at the University of Groningen, will be co-chairing a workshop in Birmingham on “Intelligent Computation meets biomedical research: recent developments in computational biology”.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 9th October and will feature talks by Gyan Bhanot from Rutgers University, Guillaume Assie from Paris, Paulo Lisboa from Liverpool and Peter Tino from Birmingham. Continue reading

Research Funding Opportunities Seminar

The R&KT Office is holding its first seminar of the academic year  TOMORROW, Thursday 2nd October,  between 1-2 pm in the IBR Seminar Room (N143).

The seminar will highlight the information we produce in the R&KT Office about funding opportunities and some of the more unusual opportunities.

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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.

Research Design Service West Midlands Fellowship Event

RDS WM are hosting a Fellowship Event on Friday 24 October 2014, 9.30 am – 1.00 pm

The Learning Centre, University of Birmingham

The event will provide an overview of the current NIHR Fellowship schemes and insights into the requirements of the interview panel.  Lessons learned from previous fellowship applications will be shared and there will be an opportunity to present to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel of experienced researchers.

If you are intending to apply for the January 2014 round of the NIHR Fellowship scheme, or any other fellowship funding stream, we strongly encourage you to attend.   Attendance is free of charge and lunch will be provided at 1.00 pm. Continue reading

Protecting Your IP Overseas: WIPO Services and Initiatives – free seminar

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the UK Intellectual property Office will be hosting a series of three seminars on intellectual property this October. Each seminar is free and open all. WIPO simply ask that participants register in advance following the instructions below. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Continue reading

British Science Festival – Can you prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis? 

Thursday 11th September 2014, 10.00am-11.00am

WG5, Aston Webb B Block, University of Birmingham

Prof Chris Buckley and Prof Karim Raza will present their finding on what causes rheumatoid arthritis (RA), predictive testing and preventative treatment.  2 of our local patient research partners will discuss what it’s like to live with the disease and the risk of developing RA in the future.  To book your free place, visit  For further information, email Continue reading