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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02/11/2021

Urgent changes needed to global guidelines designed to stop surgical infection

Urgent changes needed to global guidelines designed to stop surgical infection
Description
Wound infections are the most common problem after surgery, particularly in developing countries, but promised innovations to tackle the issue do not work and global guidance needs changing, a new study reveals.
Date:
02/11/2021
Categories:
International, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research

Triple-drug combo could prove key weapon in fight against cancer

Triple-drug combo could prove key weapon in fight against cancer
Description
Combining three existing drugs could form an effective and non-toxic treatment for a range of aggressive blood cancers, a new study reveals.
Date:
02/11/2021
Categories:
International, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
18/10/2021

Contraceptive pill can reduce type 2 diabetes risk in women with polycystic ovary syndrome, finds study

Contraceptive pill can reduce type 2 diabetes risk in women with polycystic ovary syndrome, finds study
Description
A study led by the University of Birmingham has revealed for the first time that the contraceptive pill can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by over a quarter in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Date:
18/10/2021
Categories:
International, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
11/10/2021

Milestone moment for the region's life science sector as construction on No. 1 Birmingham Health Innovation Campus gets underway

Milestone moment for the region's life science sector as construction on No. 1 Birmingham Health Innovation Campus gets underway
Description
Construction of No.1 Birmingham Health Innovation Campus (BHIC) in Selly Oak is underway, marking a major milestone for the region's rapidly growing life sciences sector.
Date:
11/10/2021
Categories:
International, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
06/10/2021

One in seven patients miss cancer surgery during COVID lockdowns - study

One in seven patients miss cancer surgery during COVID lockdowns - study
Description
One in seven cancer patients around the world have missed out on potentially life-saving operations during COVID-19 lockdowns, a new study reveals.
Date:
06/10/2021
Categories:
International, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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