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50 at 50: Developing as an Early Career Researcher

I took a relatively untraditional journey to the University of Nottingham’s School of Medicine. Starting with an undergraduate degree in Musicology, I shifted to Psychology for my PhD, and when the opportunity arose to move to Nottingham’s Hearing Sciences department a few years later, I jumped at the chance. My interests have always centred on …

The Dragon In My Skin: book, animation, and resource pack for schools to raise awareness about life with eczema and encourage self-care

Stephanie Lax from the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology has been proud to work with Professor Fiona Cowdell and colleagues from the School of Education at Birmingham City University (BCU) and local professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva on an artistic outreach project resulting in a children’s book, film, and resource pack for Key Stage 1 teachers. …

50 at 50: No research about me without me! Welcoming the patient and public voice to research

A lot has happened in healthcare and research over the last 50 years since the University of Nottingham Medical School was born. Not just in breakthrough treatments and diagnostics, blockbuster drug development and in tackling our first pandemic since 1918; but also in opening up medicine and healthcare to include the views and experiences of …

50 at 50: PINCER – transforming healthcare

Medication errors in general practice are an important and expensive preventable cause of patient safety incidents associated with morbidity, hospitalisations and deaths. PINCER is a pharmacist-led, IT-based intervention to reduce clinically important medication errors in primary care and was developed and tested by researchers at the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham, led by Prof Tony Avery and Dr …

Respiratory Medicine and Covid-19

Over the past ten months, the Nottingham University Hospital’s clinical response to the Covid-19 pandemic has taken up most of the available time and resources of the Medical School’s Division of Respiratory Medicine, and its associated clinicians.    Professor Dominick Shaw had just started as Head of Respiratory Medicine for Nottingham University Hospitals when the first cases of Covid-19 coronavirus were …

50 at 50: PRIMIS – Transforming primary care data 

Alongside the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the School of Medicine, a small but important team within the School is celebrating a significant birthday itself in 2020.  Over the past 20 years PRIMIS has become the leader in extracting knowledge and value from primary care data, helping to achieve better health outcomes across the UK.  The PRIMIS team produces highly effective and …

50 at 50: Reflections on directing the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme and being a Welsh sheepdog during the pandemic

On September 30th 2020, I stepped down as the Director of the NIHR HTA Programme after five very busy years. To set the scene, The NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme sits within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)  – the UK’s largest funder of health and social care research funded by the UK Government. HTA is the largest NIHR Programme and in 2018/19, it supported 584 live projects …

My BMedSci research experience: a peek into academia

It was Friday afternoon, on a turbulent 45-minute bus ride from Derby to Nottingham…whilst my friend complained about motion sickness from the perilous swerves, I exclaimed with unintended passion “now imagine the neonates!” That awkward split-second was when it dawned upon me: my BMedSci* Honours Year research project, in Academic Child Health in the School …

Third year of medical school

My name is Hayley and I’m a fourth-year medical student. So, third year is quite a drastic change compared to the first two years at Nottingham- you’re no longer stuck in the lecture theatres! Third year is essentially split into two halves, the first half (September- February) is working on your BMedSci project; the second …

An educational weekend away!

Hi everyone, it’s Andrea again, hope you’re having a good 2015 so far! In this post, I am going to tell you about my experience at a medical conference. BMedSci research project At Nottingham, all medical students complete a research project during their third year in an area of their choice, this can vary from …