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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24/02/2021

Global travellers vulnerable to drug-resistant bacteria - study

Global travellers vulnerable to drug-resistant bacteria - study
Description
International travellers are particularly vulnerable to virulent strains of drug-resistant bacteria – often picking up several different types during a trip through spending time in the company of other tourists.
Date:
24/02/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
19/02/2021

Research paves way for rapid non-invasive diagnosis of some childhood brain tumours

Research paves way for rapid non-invasive diagnosis of some childhood brain tumours
Description
A study led by the University of Birmingham has found combining advanced imaging and artificial intelligence techniques can accurately classify the characteristics of common types of childhood brain tumours.
Date:
19/02/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
18/02/2021

Major £2.2m research project aims to improve treatment and understanding of Long COVID

Major £2.2m research project aims to improve treatment and understanding of Long COVID
Description
The University of Birmingham today launches a major new £2.2m government-funded research project to improve the treatment, causes and symptoms of so-called Long COVID in non-hospitalised patients.
Date:
18/02/2021
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
11/02/2021

Funding boost to research multi-morbidity in hospital patients

Funding boost to research multi-morbidity in hospital patients
Description
Scientists have been given almost £4m to improve understanding of multi-morbidity in hospital patients.
Date:
11/02/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
05/02/2021

Severely frail individuals with COVID-19 are three times more likely to die, study finds

Severely frail individuals with COVID-19 are three times more likely to die, study finds
Description
New research led by the University of Birmingham has revealed for the first time the extent to which frailty increases the risk of mortality in COVID-19 patients.
Date:
05/02/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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