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Public involvement in research draft framework

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:32

INVOLVE reviewed work that had already been done on principles and standards for public involvement in research. The review provides an overview of how others have discussed and defined principles and standards for public involvement. It draws out commonly identified public involvement principles and standards and describes the values that underpin them. It also explores the potential benefits and challenges to identifying a set of core standards for public involvement, and looks at the connection between standards and quality indicators or assessment frameworks.

INVOLVE would like your views on a draft framework for values, principles and standards for public involvement in research. The closing date for responses is 5 January 2015. Visit the INVOLVE website for more information.

IBD research priorities - your vote counts

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:58

A group of medical, surgical and patient charities with an interest in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease) would like you to VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 5 research needs, from a list of 70 ideas for research into treatments for IBD.

This list was developed by asking patients, carers and clinicians from across the UK for their suggestions of IBD research that they feel needs to be done. More than 1600 suggestions were received.

Some ideas have already been investigated (but the people suggesting them were not aware); some were duplicates; some were not actually research questions. The rest of the ideas were discussed by a panel of patients, carers and clinicians to come up with a summary list of 70 questions, subdivided into categories.

It is this summary list that we would like you to read through. You can choose up to 5 questions in all, from one or more categories. Note the 5 questions you think should be followed up, and click on the link to vote for them. It's as simple as that.

The aim is to develop a 'top ten' list of research questions that can be sent to the research funding agencies in the UK, to help inform their funding decisions.

WILL YOU HELP? Vote! It will take a few minutes of your time, but will influence research that positively affects the care of patients with IBD.

Begin voting

Thank you,
John McLaughlin - BSG Research Committee Chair
Julie Solomon - BSG Head of Research & Learning

Dr Falk Pharma UK/Core Awards 2015

Friday, 17 October 2014 13:52

The Dr Falk Pharma UK/Core Awards 2015


The Dr Falk/Core awards recognise those who bring new knowledge and insight to the field of gastroenterology and hepatology. For those committed to furthering research or patient care, this year's awards are an opportunity to achieve national recognition as well as the financial support for career progression.

This year's prizes include:

  • A £1,000 essay prize for medical students on BSc or MRes courses
  • Four £1,500 bursaries for medical students taking full time science degrees
  • Two £2,500 bursaries to support research for F1/F2 doctors
  • A £1,000 award for primary and secondary care nurses for initiatives which have advanced patient care.

The application deadline is 5pm on Monday 16th March 2015. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please visit Core's website to download an application form.

Sir Francis Avery-Jones BSG Research Award 2015

Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:34

Applications are invited by the Research Committee of the British Society of Gastroenterology and must include:

  1. One A4 page ONLY describing the work conducted.
  2. A bibliography of relevant personal publications.
  3. An outline of the proposed content of the lecture, including title.
  4. A written statement confirming that all or a substantial part of the work has been personally conducted in the UK or Eire.
  5. A written statement confirming that the applicant will be aged 40 years or less OR will have held a Consultant/Honorary Consultant post for less than 5 years (or whole-time equivalent if part time or in intermittent employment) on the date of the lecture.

Entrants need not be a member of the Society.

The recipient will be required to deliver a 15 minute lecture during the BSG's plenary session at the next annual meeting of the Society, which will be the Digestive Disorders Federation (DDF) meeting (22-25 June 2015 at the Excel Centre, London).

Applications should be composed electronically in Word or PDF format and emailed as an attachment to the BSG Office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with the email subject line "Avery-Jones BSG Research Award 2015" by 27 February 2015. Applicants will be notified of the decision in mid-March.

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