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Dr Falk Pharma UK/Core Awards 2016

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:00


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, the 2016 awards are an opportunity to achieve national recognition as well as the financial support to take your career further.

This year's prizes consist of the following:

  • A £1000 prize for the best essay on gastroenterology research personally undertaken by medical students who were on an intercalated BSc/MRes/MSc/MPH/MBPhD* course during the previous academic year (2014/2015) - download the application
  • Four £1500 bursaries for medical students taking full-time science degrees (BSc/MRes/MSc/MPH/MBPhD*) focusing on gastrointestinal or liver-related disease in the current academic year (2015/2016) - download the application
  • Two £2500 bursaries to support research for F1/F2 doctors who are undertaking research in an area relevant to gastroenterology - download the application
  • A £1,000 award for primary and secondary care nurses for initiatives that have advanced patient care - download the application.

*PhD students should note that they may apply for a bursary only once during their three-year studentship and that they may apply for the essay prize when their PhD has been completed.

The application deadline is 17:00 on Friday 4 March 2016. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

NIHR Themed Call announcement: prevention and treatment of obesity

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 14:06

In December 2015, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will issue a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services for the prevention and treatment of obesity in adults and children. Preventing obesity and type 2 diabetes is a priority for the UK Government. With over 60 percent of the adult population either overweight or obese and more than 2.7 million people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the health burden and economic impact of obesity in the UK are increasing.

This call is an initiative by the NIHR in recognition of the need for further research-based evidence to underpin the prevention and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children. Issues of particular importance for this call include the prevention of type 2 diabetes and increasing levels of physical activity. More information will be available on the NIHR Themed Calls website in due course.

On 19 January 2016 the NIHR will hold a workshop in central London which is open to all those in any discipline who are working, or interested in working, in research relating to obesity. Representatives from a range of NIHR programmes and supporting NIHR infrastructure will attend to advise on the various funding routes available, and provide help and guidance on developing and submitting an application. Registration will close at 12pm on Friday 30 October 2015.

CONFIDeNT reports

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:44

BSG members and others from the CONFIDeNT study group have reported in The Lancet on the results of their HTA-funded double-blind, multicentre, pragmatic, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial of the use of percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) in comparison with sham electrical stimulation in adults with faecal incontinence. They write that "PTNS given for 12 weeks did not confer significant clinical benefit over sham electrical stimulation in the treatment of adults with faecal incontinence. Further studies are warranted to determine its efficacy in the long term, and in patient subgroups (ie, those with urgency)."

Chair Academic Development Committee

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 12:29

Commencing: December 2015

We are seeking to appoint a new Chair of the Academic Development Committee. The purpose of the role is to enhance the development of academic activity in gastroenterology and liver disease in the UK. The successful candidate would be expected to establish and chair a small committee of influential academics to promote & enhance academic training & careers for medical students, junior doctors, StRs and consultants. The Chair would be expected to represent this committee at the SAC & BSG Training Committee & Education Committee.

If you are interested in applying please contact Richard Gardner ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Closing date: 31st October 2015

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