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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23/11/2020

Obesity, age and BAME ethnicity associated with higher COVID-19 antibody levels

Obesity, age and BAME ethnicity associated with higher COVID-19 antibody levels
Description
Researchers studying a group of UK healthcare workers discovered that non-white individuals recovering from COVID-19 displayed higher antibody levels than white individuals.
Date:
23/11/2020
Categories:
International, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
20/11/2020

Targeted therapies for heart failure research receives £850,000 boost

Targeted therapies for heart failure research receives £850,000 boost
Description
Dr Katja Gehmlich has been jointly awarded a three-year research grant from the Medical Research Council to understand how cardiac mechano-sensing works to help develop therapies for heart failure.
Date:
20/11/2020
Categories:
International, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
17/11/2020

New study could help to better predict which individuals are more susceptible to cancer-causing agents in the environment

New study could help to better predict which individuals are more susceptible to cancer-causing agents in the environment
Description
New insights into the mechanisms behind how cancer-causing agents in the environment active genetic recombination in DNA could help to better predict which individuals are more susceptible to developing the disease.
Date:
17/11/2020
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
13/11/2020

Clinical Research Fellow awarded Turner-Warwick Lectureship for innovation in medical education

Clinical Research Fellow awarded Turner-Warwick Lectureship for innovation in medical education
Description
A new and unique real-time simulation-based medical training programme developed by Dr Punith Kempegowda has helped enhance medical students' and junior doctors' learning experience and connecting them across the globe.
Date:
13/11/2020
Categories:
International, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research, Students
12/11/2020

Inadequate healthcare measurement puts patients at risk in Global South

Inadequate healthcare measurement puts patients at risk in Global South
Description
People across the Global South living with cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors may be missing potentially life-saving treatments because measures used to gauge their quality of healthcare are inadequate.
Date:
12/11/2020
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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