Research News

A total of £3,500 up for grabs in the 2016 Endoscopy Research Dragons' Den – apply now!

Thursday, 31 March 2016 10:23

The BSG Endoscopy Clinical Research Group (E-CRG) invites BSG members (trainees, nurses, and consultants in the first 5 years of their career in any area of gastroenterology) to submit their ideas for research projects.

Up to 5 ideas will be selected; the selected candidates will be asked to do a 6-minute presentation to a Dragons’ Den–type panel during the BSG 2016 Meeting (in Liverpool on Thursday 23 June 2015 from 14.45-15.30).

There is a total of £3500 to be awarded on the day, supported by unrestricted grants from Aquilant Endoscopy, the Devices for Surgery Network (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Health Research Healthcare Technology Cooperative), Diagmed Healthcare and EMIS Health.

Prize-winners will be awarded up to £1000 as an unrestricted grant.

The E-CRG is solely responsible for all aspects of selecting the candidates; panellists will choose the winner(s) on the basis of the actual presentation on the day.

To apply, please complete the form below and return it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with subject line "2016 Endoscopy Research Dragons' Den" by 9.00am on Wednesday 1 June. Candidates whose ideas are selected for presentation will be notified on or before Thursday 9 June (2 weeks before the presentation).

UEG Rising Stars 2017

Thursday, 26 May 2016 06:37

Application period begins 1 June 2016

Every year, the National Societies Committee and the UEG Scientific Committee jointly select 6-8 emerging clinical scientists as 'Rising Stars', based on a track record of international quality research and developing scientific independence. This initiative provides a durable platform for these young researchers to further evolve their professional careers.

Applications are invited from the following target group:

  • Clinical scientists at any level (but a full professor title will not be accepted)
  • 40 years of age or younger at the time of application (born September 16, 1975 or later)*
  • Must have as country of residence Europe (including UK) and/or a country bordering the Mediterranean Sea
  • Candidates may apply maximum 3 times for the Rising Star Award

*add two years to age limit per child as main carer

To apply, please follow these steps:

Enquiries should be directed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The application deadline is 15 September 2016.

Please note that you must be a member of the BSG if you would like the BSG to consider supporting your application.

MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2016

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 13:34

This award is for MRC-funded PhD students with an interest in communicating their science to a wider audience.

The award aims to encourage and recognise outstanding written communication among MRC PhD students.

The 2016 competition opened today for entries.

The winner will receive a prize and have their article published on the MRC Insight blog and the MRC website.

- The article should be no more than 800 words, including the title.

- The article should be text only: no diagrams or tables should be included.

- The article should be written in prose (as opposed to poetry or verse).

All current MRC-funded PhD students are eligible to enter and may submit one article. This can include PhD students in MRC-funded institutes, units and centres, and MRC-funded PhD students in universities.

The deadline for entries is 9am, Wednesday 20 July 2016.

Further Information

eBook - On Evaluating Healthcare System Innovations

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 09:06

An e-book published today is the first to comprehensively address the challenges faced by healthcare providers in evaluating system-level innovations in healthcare services in an evolving landscape.

If innovations can be better evaluated then better, evidence-based decisions can be made by healthcare providers to improve the quality of health services in the UK.

Entitled ‘Challenges, solutions and future directions in the evaluation of service innovations in health care and public health’, the book is the result of a partnership between the MRC, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Health Foundation, together with Universities UK and Academy Health.

The e-book, edited by Professor Rosalind Raine at University College London and Professor Raymond Fitzpatrick at the University of Oxford, brings together a global range of expert opinion following a two-day symposium in London last year. The event saw over ninety world-leading applied health researchers and methodologists debate how to address increasing complexity, diversity and pace of change within health systems.

The first edition of the e-book will be published through the NIHR’s Health Services and Delivery Research journal.

Further Information

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