British Association of Dermatologists Undergraduate Awards

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The following undergraduate awards are being offered by British Association of Dermatologists:

Elective Prize/Project Grants: 9 x £500

Deadline: 6 January (2 awards) and 6 May (7 awards) each year

Up to 9 grants of £500 each are available, to undergraduate medical students at UK or Irish universities, who will be undertaking a research project related to dermatology or skin biology or an elective in the UK or an overseas dermatology department. Applications must be made before the start of the elective /project period.

Essay Prize: £500 and 3 x £250

Deadline: 6 January each year

The BAD annually sets an essay title on a topic related to dermatology and offers prizes of £500 for the winning essay and three runners-up prizes of £250. The essay should be no more than 2,500 words long. The prize is open to any undergraduate medical student studying at a university in the UK or Ireland.

Intercalated Degree Grant: 2 x £3,000

Deadline: 6 May each year

Two grants of £3,000 are available to assist an UK or Irish undergraduate medical student with an intercalated degree which includes a project that is relevant to dermatology and/or skin biology. As the grant is awarded in the middle of an academic year, applications will be accepted for projects ongoing through that academic year or for projects to be carried out in the next academic year.

NIHR/BAD Travel Bursaries: 6 x £500

Research Taster/Visit Bursaries: 6 x £500

Deadline: January each year

The NIHR and the BAD also offer Travel Bursaries to attend a key dermatology scientific meeting and Research Taster Visit Bursaries to enable someone who is thinking about doing dermatology research or somebody at a relatively early stage of their research career to visit a research department to get a taste of research in that department or to initiate further research collaborations.

Applicants do not have to be BAD members to apply.


Be Part of the MERU study

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Claire Vassie, a Clinical Education Fellow at the Medical Education Research Unit (MERU), is carrying out research into what students really want from the personal tutoring system to look at ways we can improve and develop the current system.

We are seeking students who would be happy to partake in a one-to-one interview about their experience of the personal tutor system and their thoughts on its strengths and weaknesses.Each interview will last approximately 45 minutes up to a maximum of 1 hour. The interviews will be conducted at Charing Cross, St Mary’s, Chelsea and Westminster or South Kensington (whichever is most convenient) at a time convenient to you.

We will ask your permission to audio record the interview and both the audio recordings and transcripts of your interview will be confidential (Only I will have access to the recordings and only myself and my supervisor, Professor Sue Smith, will have access to the anonymised transcripts from the interviews). The recordings will be destroyed as soon as they are transcribed. Only anonymised data will be used in our final report.

As a thank you for taking part, we are offering a £20 Amazon voucher to compensate you for your time.

If you would like more information on the study please email

5th Year Research Focus Group

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Research opportunity: Learning about leadership on clinical placements: a qualitative study of undergraduate medical students’ perceptions

Are you a 5th Year Medical Student?

I am looking for Year 5 students to volunteer for a short focus group to explore your views about what and how you learn about leadership on clinical placements.

There will be a prize draw amongst the participants of the focus group with a £25 Amazon voucher as the prize.Tea and coffee will also be provided for participants.

For more information, please contact Dr. Senita Mountjoy (, Specialty Lead for Primary Care, Imperial College London.

An Evening of Immunotherapy and Lung Cancer

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Oncology Society is pleased to invite you to

An Evening of Immunotherapy and Lung Cancer

This is an event not to be missed for anyone interested in cancer and current advances in treatment

Our guest speakers are:

Dr Aspa Spyrou, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
will be giving a talk on lung cancer

Dr Aine O’Reilly, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
will be addressing the complexities and the current approaches in immunotherapy

Thursday, March 16th 18:30-20:30
Glenister Seminar Room 1, Charing Cross Campus

Refreshments and Pizza will be provided!
RSVP on Facebook :
NB: The event is free to attend.

Pilot Augmented Reality Technology

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Are you a year 1 or 2 medical student?
Do you want to be 1 of 20 entered into a £50 draw?
Do you want the chance to pilot AUGMENTED REALITY technology in the medical simulations field? Technology your peers won’t be using for years to come.
Get involved with our study. Only 20 places available. We are piloting new technology to teach the digital rectal examination. This is an exam you learn in your 3rd year and comes up in OSCEs! You will need to perform this exam throughout your career. Get a head start and come learn the DRE with our state of the art technology. Will require 1-2 hours of time. Hoping to arrange studies at Charing Cross.
For more details please email Louise Hufton on
Please leave your shortcode and year of study.

Student Helpers needed for MRCP Exam

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3 student helpers are required to help out at an MRCP Examination run by Cardiology consultant, Dr Salmasi. MRCP examinations will be held at Central Middlesex on 2 weekends – 8th and 9th July, and 15th and 16th July. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into what an MRCP examination is like. Lunch and dinner, as well as M&S vouchers will also be provided.

Please email Dr Salmasi if you are able to help out on either of these weekends at

IC HealthHack

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Imperial College Health Hack will be taking place on 18th-19th March in the Skempton Building.

Health Hack brings our community together to work on ideas which require interdisciplinary excellence. We are focused on serious games in the public health sector taking advantage of biomedical technologies. The mix of bioengineering, coding skills and domain-specific medical knowledge is why you should be excited about this event. You will also get to meet all the amazing researchers and developers who will be there to provide each team with genuine support and ideas because you will work on the causes they care about.

Find out more here.

How to run an Audit

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How to run an Audit by SORA – Thursday 9th March.

Join us for an evening of talks chaired by Dr Rossi, from Cambridge, going through the process of creating, running and managing an audit. We will present examples of successful audits with a view to giving you the best insight into the process, and teach you how to boost your CV and get involved in audits as a medical student.

Free for all ICSM medical students!
Find out more on the Facebook event –

Faculty of Medicine inaugural lectures

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There are 2 exciting inaugural Faculty of Medicine lectures coming up –

How are the kids? Improving population child health and development, Professor Mitch Blair
8th March 2017, 17:30, Skempton Building, Imperial College South Kensington Campus:

Caring for the critically ill: helping rebuild lives? Professor Stephen Brett
15th March 2017, 17:30, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College South Kensington Campus:

Cambridge Neurological Symposium 2017

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Interested in Neurology, Neuroscience or Neurosurgery?
Want to improve your Neuroradiology for OSCEs?
Want Neuro Careers advice?
Want to present a poster or win a prize?
Want a certificate to add to your portfolio?
Want to drill a hole in a skull?
Do you like food and wine?

If you answered yes to any of the above, this is the event for you.
We have a fantastic line up this year with highlights including world renowned speakers, skull drilling, opportunity to learn about current active area of research and opportunity to present your own to win prizes (Part II posters welcome!).

The Symposium will be held at the ALICE FISHER LECTURE THEATRE and the DEAKIN CENTRE on the Addenbrookes site. We will be sending a full itinerary shortly.

To SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT, email CAMBRIDGENEUROSOC@GMAIL.COM. The word limit is 250 and your research can cover almost ANY TOPIC IN NEUROSCIENCE/NEUROLOGY/NEUROSURGERY. Your posters will be judged by experts in the fields and you have the opportunity to win great prizes!

ALL ATTENDEES (Abstract or not) NEED TO REGISTER FOR TICKETS WHICH COST ONLY £10 (lunch, refreshments included). The Facebook event can be found here.

See the timetable below for full details:
9:00 Registration, Tea and Coffee
9:30-10:30 Miss Helen Fernandes, Department of Neurosurgery – A career in Neurosurgery

10:30-11:15 Prof. Paul Fletcher, Department of Psychiatry – the role of functioning imaging in Psychiatry

11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:10 Dr. Romina Vuono, Department of Clinical Neurosciences – Early detection of Parkinson’s disease

12:15-12:55 Dr Jonathan Jones, Department of Radiology – Case studies in Neuroradiology

13:00-14:00 Lunch (Provided!)
13:30- 14.00 Poster Presentations

14:00-15:30 Workshops
1) Skull Drilling
2) Fluorescent Microscopy (tbc)
3) A Career in Neuroscience
15:30-15:45 Break, Refreshments and Snacks

15:45-16:30 Keynote Talk – Prof. Maria Spillantini, Department of Neurosciences – Discovery of Tau protein in Alzheimer’s disease

16:30 Closing