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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26/11/2021

Researchers awarded vital funding to explore treatment to slow rare liver disease

Researchers awarded vital funding to explore treatment to slow rare liver disease
Description
LifeArc and PSC Support jointly award £898,774 for new research into primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare disease where the body attacks its own liver, causing inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts.
Date:
26/11/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
17/11/2021

Opinion – A climate for microbes: how the dynamics of infectious diseases will change on a warming planet

Opinion – A climate for microbes: how the dynamics of infectious diseases will change on a warming planet
Description
Professor Willem van Schaik, Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection, writes an opinion piece on how the dynamics of infectious diseases will change on a warming planet.
Date:
17/11/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
09/11/2021

Child cancer experts welcome gift for vital new research equipment

Child cancer experts welcome gift for vital new research equipment
Description
University of Birmingham cancer experts have welcomed a £120,000 charity donation to purchase new equipment that will help to speed the development of new treatments which could save the lives of children and adults.
Date:
09/11/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
04/11/2021

Non-invasive ventilation for COVID-19 patients isn't linked to heightened infection risk

Non-invasive ventilation for COVID-19 patients isn't linked to heightened infection risk
Description
New research has found that the use of non-invasive breathing support to treat patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 in hospitals isn't linked to a heightened risk of transmitting infection to others.
Date:
04/11/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research

Study exposes risks and benefits of virtual consultations with doctors

Study exposes risks and benefits of virtual consultations with doctors
Description
So-called 'telemedicine' is less diagnostically accurate than in-person consultations and could increase health inequalities and barriers to accessing appropriate care.
Date:
04/11/2021
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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