Use this unique on-line guide to explore the wealth of opportunities available to undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers looking for collaborators. Click on any of the images below to discover the work of over 50 scientists engaged in clinically relevant research who want to hear from you. Research underpins every aspect of modern, evidence-based medicine. Honing your research skills early on will equip you with the facility, and curiosity, to have a positive impact on your future practice, regardless of your ultimate career path. Research boosts your intellectual and clinical knowledge, self-motivation and team working skills. Start here to expand your knowledge of new technologies and of how research evidence is translated into patient care.
Why choose research?
Research underpins every aspect of modern evidence based medicine. It is a well-accepted paradigm that advanced research skills develop greater understanding in doctors, positively influencing their practice. The MRes in Clinical Science provides you with the opportunity to experience the reality of cutting-edge medical research. It comprises a complete package of research skills wrapped around a student selected and closely mentored project. Research skills are transferrable so it is not necessary to select a project in the discipline you aspire to, but the MRes in Clinical Science does accommodate research projects on the full spectra of clinical scientific research. It will provide you with a research base upon which to build your career. The research skills you will acquire will give you a competitive advantage and contribute positively to your future practice - life-long and irrespective of the kind of doctor you eventually choose to become. We invite you to explore the wealth of research activity described in this on-line Research Directory and please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information.
Norwich Medical School offers access to a broad portfolio of gastroenterology research of international repute thanks to the unique partnerships across the Norwich Research Park. Opportunities include clinical research with patients, laboratory and epidemiological research and access to major databases. From 2018, clinical gastroenterology research will be concentrated in the new £82m Quadram Institute (QI) housing the NNUH Endoscopy Facility with new facilities for research into the biology of the gastrointestinal tract.
Nutrition research spans across fundamental mechanistic studies; bioavailability and bioefficacy studies in healthy participants and ‘at risk’ groups; plant bioactives (flavonoids and isothiocyanates), fatty acids and nutrigenetics; cardiovascular and cardiometabolic health; identifying cancer risks and dietary strategies for enhanced cognition and reduced Alzheimer’s Disease risk. Students benefit from first-hand experience of large intervention studies and develop data analysis skills.
Research opportunities include diabetes related foot disease and the experience, and management of, patients with diabetes within hospitals. Other researchers have developed in vitro model systems and three-dimensional models to understand the role played by inflammation in the development of a number of pathological conditions.
In this area, there are opportunities to access the state of the art technologies of the Bio-Analytical facility at BCRE, devoted to the study of bone disease. Other research groups apply biochemistry and molecular biology to understand skeletal muscle regeneration, and the fabrication of synthetic biomaterials to enhance surgical treatment of tendon injury.
Research groups in this field are running national projects with charitable funding to research a range of cancer studies including use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict outcomes in brain tumour patients; anti-angiogenic therapies; three-dimensional in vitro gut organoids and line time-lapse microscopy to study microtubules. Other groups offer wet lab-based projects and access to bioinformatic studies to investigate metastasis, the main cause of death for cancer patients.
Cardiovascular research is a growing activity at University of East Anglia and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and across the Norwich Research Park, and covers a range of epidemiology research programmes and clinical trials. Senior researchers are open to engage with medical students interested in research across the areas of heart function and failure; acute coronary syndromes; adult congenital heart disease; interventional cardiology and epidemiology, evidence synthesis, clinical trials and health services research.
This group has a programme of work investigating self-efficacy in patients with chronic disease such as bronchiectasis and other respiratory diseases. Researchers are exploring and evaluating options for improving self-efficacy and health related quality of life, through patient education and patient self management plans (PSMP).
Dementia is becoming one of the biggest burdens of our society with the aging population. There is an urgent need to improve our clinical and research understanding of the underlying disease in dementia. Dementia research topics at UEA take therefore a multi-disciplinary approach, linking bedside to bench research approaches in areas such as neuroimaging, nutrition and evidence-based psychological therapies.
The focus of population health research is to improve health and quality of life through the prevention and treatment of disease and other physical and mental health conditions. Drawing on state-of-the art research methods, we have particular strengths in research on: the organisation and delivery of primary health care; diabetes; disability; cardiovascular risk factors; obesity; smoking; musculoskeletal disease; HIV; tuberculosis; respiratory disease; mental health; diagnostic screening; and environmental influences on health.