Research

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Birmingham Medical School’s focus is on providing an exemplary medical education for its students. We maintain high standards in education through research undertaken into pedagogy and education, constantly refining and improving our curriculum and educational delivery.

Birmingham Medical School, through its education-focused research, has pioneered innovations such as SCRIPT, an innovative eLearning programme designed to encourage safe and effective prescribing and medicines management among newly-qualified doctors and other healthcare professionals. Developed by the University of Birmingham, SCRIPT seeks to eliminate the 8-10% error rate in trainee doctor prescribing estimated to cost the NHS £750 million each year.

We are also exploring how we can better support the healthcare professionals of the future through SHarPS (Student Healthcare Professionals Study), a longitudinal study that follows students from admission to their degree. By tracking their time with us and their future healthcare profession of choice, we are learning more about our students, the guiding principle being that the more we know about our students, the better able we are to support them as they progress through their programme of study.

Infographic: £80m new research funding annually. 25% of our publications appear in the top 1-% cited papers globally. £310m current live funding. Over 75% of our publications are developed in collaboration with national and international partners.

World-class research

Your medical education will benefit from the wealth of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences’ world-class research into areas as diverse as genome biology, musculoskeletal ageing and cancer immunology. The Birmingham Medical School is located in the Institute of Clinical Sciences which boasts specialists research across its schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Biomedical Science and Medicine. Due to its unique location within a large research environment, students of Birmingham Medical School benefit from the direct impact of the latest research breakthroughs in their medical education.

Read our latest research news, research which ensures our teaching is at the cutting-edge of knowledge, knowledge which is critical to ensuring the future of medicine and healthcare.

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02/08/2021

Availability of consultants is not the cause of the so-called 'weekend effect' in hospitals, major study finds

Availability of consultants is not the cause of the so-called 'weekend effect' in hospitals, major study finds
Description
A major study led by the University of Birmingham has revealed that a lack of available specialist consultants in hospitals at the weekend is not the cause of the so-called 'weekend effect'.
Date:
02/08/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
29/07/2021

Birmingham cancer project enters Immuno-oncology Alliance

Birmingham cancer project enters Immuno-oncology Alliance
Description
Birmingham researchers partnered with Cancer Research UK in one of the first target identification projects for the Immuno-oncology Alliance, which translates discovery science into new therapeutics for cancer patients.
Date:
29/07/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
23/07/2021

New study aims to improve healthcare for pregnant women with multiple health conditions

New study aims to improve healthcare for pregnant women with multiple health conditions
Description
The University of Birmingham is leading a new three-year UK-wide study aimed at improving healthcare and outcomes for pregnant women who have two or more active long-term health conditions.
Date:
23/07/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research

Longer interval between the first and second Pfizer vaccine boosts antibody levels and 'helper' T cells

Longer interval between the first and second Pfizer vaccine boosts antibody levels and 'helper' T cells
Description
A new study carried out in collaboration with the University of Birmingham shows both short and long dosing schedules of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine generate strong antibody and T cell immune responses.
Date:
23/07/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research

People with five or more symptoms in first week of infection more likely to develop long COVID

People with five or more symptoms in first week of infection more likely to develop long COVID
Description
The presence of more than five symptoms of COVID-19 in the first week of infection is significantly associated with the development of long COVID.
Date:
23/07/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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