Category Archives: Research matters

The case of the vanishing yellow man

I recently gave a public lecture as part of the University of Edinburgh Medical Detectives lecture series. This is a series of public talks based loosely on the fact that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a former medical student in Edinburgh … Continue reading

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The importance of research in clinical training

Here is a talk that I gave a while ago to a meeting hosted by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and attended by many trainees from diverse medical backgrounds and representatives of the major UK funding bodies MRC … Continue reading

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How to write an abstract

So I am currently in Paris with 3000 other liver surgeons. I gave a talk yesterday in the “Meet the Editors Sessions” which have been a great success based on the fact that half the audience had to stand. I … Continue reading

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Meeting Maurice Wilkins

Recently I saw this post on Twitter from @Kevin_Fong who is a well known Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow. Kevin Fong @Kevin_Fong Discovery of Double Helix on#NewElizabethans. Maurice Wilkins so should’ve won Science Superheroes#CheltSciFest #BBC It is funny how certain names or … Continue reading

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Probity and conduct in medical research

Probity can be defined as uprightness, moral correctness and honesty. In research terms the meaning remains the same and in this blog I am really talking about integrity in the conduct of research. When we undertake medical research we should do … Continue reading

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Research governance, ethics and permissions (for dummies!) Part 2

This piece is again modified from a section written by me as a resource supporting the Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (ESSQ) MSc Masters in Surgical Sciences. It is not meant to be an exhaustive guide more an outline. Similar regulatory processes exist … Continue reading

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Research governance, ethics and permissions (for dummies!) Part 1

This piece is again modified from a section written by me as a resource supporting the Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (ESSQ) MSc Masters in Surgical Sciences. It is not meant to be an exhaustive guide more an outline. Similar regulatory … Continue reading

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