• Bump to baby: Improving labour ward care

    • 23 Oct 2017
    Fresh into Obstetrics & Gynaecology registrar training, it was apparent to me that more evidence based research was needed in a traditional Obstetric specialty. I was passionate about improving labour ward care and was interested in exploring the use of transperineal ultrasound, which is a non-intrusive method of ultrasound, on the delivery suite. Thus far, transperineal ultrasound had been used mainly for prostate...
  • From Oxford to New York - Dr Lynda Coughlan's journey

    • 17 Aug 2017
    Influenza A virus is a highly contagious respiratory infection that can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms and even death in some. Influenza can be particularly serious for the elderly and those with chronic heart and lung diseases, who are at higher risk of becoming more severely ill. Vaccines against influenza currently exist, but in order to make these scientists have to predict in advance which strain they think...
  • Research matters - A success story

    • 26 Jul 2017
    Professor Sarosh Irani is an Associate Professor, Consultant Neurologist and Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellow at Oxford University In 2013 Professor Irani won the BMA Vera Down grant for research into neurological disease. Here he explains the vital impact of his project: Encephalitis is a serious condition affecting 6000 people in the UK every year. Anyone can be affected including the very old and the very young....
  • Experiences of a BMA grant winner - Dr Rossa Brugha

    • 13 Jul 2017
    I’m a specialty trainee in Paediatrics, and jumped off the MMC production line in 2011 to do an MD in asthma with Professor Jonathan Grigg at QMUL. We were collecting sputum samples from children to look at eosinophil counts as a biomarker for future exacerbations, but it didn’t really work. This left us with a bunch of motivated kids, who were interested in research, we had some good ideas, but needed funding...
  • BMJ Research to Publication programme

    • 28 Apr 2017
    The Research to Publication programme is part of The BMJ's commitment to building medical research capabilities around the world. Created in collaboration with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), the programme launched in early 2016. This programme offers a comprehensive set of stand-alone, self-study modules that lets learners choose what to study, and do so at their own pace. Focused entirely...