Academics inspire world-class researchers of tomorrow

Academics inspire world-class researchers of tomorrow

Pictured at the Showcase event are, L-R: Dr Stuart Carney, Deputy National Director – Foundation Programme;  Professor Paddy Johnston, Dean, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences;  Professor Stuart  Elborn, Director, Clinical Academic Training Programme;  Professor Sean Gorman, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences;  Professor Moira Whyte, Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Head of the Department of Infection and Immunity at the University of Sheffield;  and Professor Geraint  Rees, Director of University College London Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Academics from Queen’s and Fellows of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences have held a Showcase event in the Ulster Museum to inspire the next generation of world-class researchers.

Organised by the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, the mentoring and outreach event, which was chaired by Professor Patrick Johnston, gave medical students the opportunity to hear from inspirational national and local speakers.  The theme for the event was Expanding your horizons: careers in academic medicine.

Speakers at the event included Professor Moira Whyte from the University of Sheffield who introduced the Academy of Medical Sciences, a prestigious UK body of leading clinicians and facilitators in research and education, and highlighted the importance of academic medicine.   Dr Stuart Carney, Deputy National Director of the Foundation Programme, provided important advice for those making application to this programme.

Students also had the opportunity to hear from a Queen’s academic trainee, Dr Michael Moran, who gave them practical advice from a clinical trainee’s perspective.  There was also a series of workshops led by local speakers focusing on the Centre for Medical Education and the four Research Centres within the School.

At the event, Professor Stuart Elborn, Director of the Clinical Academic Training Programme (CATP) at Queen’s and the researcher behind the recent breakthrough in the treatment for Cystic Fibrosis, launched the CATP Guide – Investigate further

The Clinical Academic Training Programme, established at Queen’s in 2008, runs in collaboration with various external stakeholders: Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency, Belfast Trust as well as the Academy of Medical Sciences. It provides a unique training opportunity for those considering a career in academic medicine.

The day ended with University College London’s Professor Geraint Rees delivering an entertaining and challenging talk on his career pathway in academic medicine. 

Professor Elborn said: “Academic medicine provides the opportunity to become involved in research programmes which ask important questions and deliver answers on how to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.

“This very successful Showcase provided superb opportunities for medical students to network with local and national clinical academics and motivate them to take the next step towards clinical academia.

“We hope the medical students who attended the event will now consider clinical academic medicine as a career choice.”

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