Research News

The Sir Francis Avery Jones Research Award Lecture 2017

Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:46

This year, the award lecture will be delivered by Professor Trevor A Graham of the Barts Cancer Institute in London. Prof Graham is interested in developing and applying methods to predict the course of tumour evolution — the process whereby normal cells are transformed over time into invasive cancer cells. With a longstanding interest in gastrointestinal cancer development (primarily in Barrett’s oesophagus and in the colon), Prof Graham has three major programmes of ongoing work. The first is about predicting sporadic colorectal cancer development, the second is predicting the risk of IBD-associated colorectal cancer, and the third is predicting oesophageal cancer occurrence based on patterns of clonal diversity. It is the last of these that will form the subject of the Sir Francis Avery Jones Research Award Lecture 2017. The Lecture will be delivered at the BSG’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday 20 June 2017 at the Manchester Central Convention Centre.

Research - Role of primary care in PBC management: clinician perspectives needed

Thursday, 09 March 2017 11:36

The University of Birmingham and NIHR Birmingham Liver BRU in conjunction with UK-PBC are conducting research into perspectives of patients, GPs and specialists around PBC care and potential future changes including an increased role for primary care. We are looking for gastroenterologists and hepatologists in the West Midlands area to take part in qualitative interviews around the role of stratification. Please see advert below for further details or contact the study team led by Gideon Hirschfield for more details.

Wellcome Trust grant funding data 2015-2016

Thursday, 09 March 2017 11:25

The Wellcome Trust has announced the number and value of awards in their grant portfolio, their grant expenditure, and application and award rates. Referring to the gender and age profile data, they mentioned that "Women receive fewer of our more senior personal awards in Science, and in Humanities and Social Science. This is in line with the number of applications from women for those schemes." From 56% of studentships the rate reduces to only 22% of principle fellowships. This contrasts with the proportion of women on funding and interview committees (41%). Seems like an opportunity waiting to be taken!

Opportunities to influence health research in the UK with NIHR

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 09:25

NIHR research programme boards and panels select the most important research questions to commission, and make funding recommendations on project applications.

They are looking for additional expertise for the boards or panels of the following programmes:

  • Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
  • NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme
  • NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
  • NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme

Applications close on 21 April 2017 at 1pm. Further details and information on how to apply are available on our website:

There are also currently a number of opportunities for Chairs of their boards and panels:


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