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Faculty of Medicine academics recognised with 2018 promotions

The College has recognised a total of 54 staff from across the Faculty of Medicine who have been promoted in the 2018 round.

The promotions recognise the achievements and expertise of staff across all faculties and the Business School and take effect from 1 September 2018.

The full list of 139 promoted staff from across the College for the 2018 year can be seen in the following news story.

Congratulations to the following academic staff from the Faculty of Medicine:

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Enrique Martinez-Perez, Reader in Chromosome Biology

Peter Sarkies, Senior Lecturer

Department of Medicine

Janine Bosse, Senior Research Fellow

Angela Brueggemann, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Graham Cooke, Professor of Infectious Diseases

Parviz Habibi, Professor of Practice (Paediatric Medicine)

Christopher John, Reader in Pharmacology

Mark Layton, Professor of Practice (Haematology)

Isabelle Leclerc, Reader in Diabetic Medicine

Ian Maconochie, Professor of Practice (Paediatric Emergency Medicine)

Paresh Malhotra, Reader in Cognitive & Behavioural Neurology

Kikkeri Naresh, Professor of Practice (Pathology)

Eduardo Olavarria, Professor of Practice (Stem Cell Transplantation & Cellular Therapy)

Inga Prokopenko, Reader in Human Genomics

Magdalena Sastre, Reader in Molecular Neuroscience

Tricia Tan, Professor of Practice (Metabolic Medicine & Endocrinology)

Gareth Tudor-Williams, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Jonathan Valabhji, Professor of Practice (Diabetes)

Department of Surgery & Cancer

Richard Abel, Senior Lecturer

Veronique Azuara, Reader in Stem Cell Biology

Fernando Bello, Professor of Surgical Computing and Simulation Science

Tom Bourne, Professor of Practice (Gynaecology)

Susan Clark, Professor of Practice (Colorectal Surgery)

Omar Faiz, Professor of Practice (Colorectal Surgery)

Hector Keun, Professor of Biochemistry

Shahid Khan, Professor of Practice (Haepatology)

Maria Kyrgiou, Reader in Gynaecological Oncology

Christoph Lees, Professor of Obstetrics

Daniel Leff, Reader in Breast Surgery

Maud Lemoine, Reader in Haepatology

David Nott, Professor of Practice (Surgery)

Mary O’Brien, Professor of Practice (Medical Oncology)

Brian Saunders, Professor of Practice (Endoscopy)

Rohini Sharma, Reader in Clinical Pharmacology & Medical Oncology

Tiong Ghee Teoh, Professor of Practice (Obstetrics)

Catherine Urch, Professor of Practice (Palliative Medicine)

Mary Wells, Professor of Practice (Cancer Nursing)

National Heart and Lung Institute

Piers Daubeney, Professor of Practice (Paediatric Cardiology)

Sujal Desai, Professor of Practice (Thoracic Imaging)

Gavin Donaldson, Professor of Respiratory Studies

Eric Lim, Professor of Thoracic Surgery

Michael Loebinger, Professor of Practice (Respiratory Medicine)

Andrew Menzies-Gow, Professor of Practice (Respiratory Medicine)

Susanna Price, Professor of Practice (Cardiology & Intensive Care)

Jennifer Quint, Reader in Respiratory Epidemiology

Tristan Rodriguez, Reader in Cell and Developmental Biology

Darryl Shore, Professor of Practice (Congenital Cardiac Surgery)

James Ware, Reader in Genomic Medicine

Zachary Whinnett, Reader in Cardiac Electrophysiology

Robert Wilson, Professor of Practice (Respiratory Medicine)

School of Public Health

Nimalan Arinaminpathy, Reader in Mathematical Epidemiology

Marc Chadeau-Hyam, Reader in Computational Epidemiology and Exposome Sciences

Tini Garske, Senior Lecturer

Thibaut Jombart, Senior Lecturer

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Desmond Johnston, Vice Dean (Education) – the year in review

 

The last year has been, even by our own ‘full-on’ standards, an extraordinarily packed year for the Faculty of Medicine in terms of educational development, both at home and internationally.

The year started with the Faculty welcoming its inaugural student cohort for the newly launched BSc in Medical Biosciences. Harnessing new technologies to deliver a blended syllabus of online and in-class learning,  the new interdisciplinary course also taps into the wide-ranging research programmes underway across the Faculty.  I congratulate everyone involved in creating and delivering this successful first year of the course.

Whilst innovative delivery has been an important cornerstone in the development of the brand new programme, the Medical Biosciences BSc has by no means had the monopoly on educational invention. Course and module leads from right across the Faculty have been hugely active this year in ensuring innovation and scientific opportunity underpins educational development throughout our existing course portfolio.

Innovation and progress

The College’s Learning and Teaching strategy has set a clear path for Imperial educational delivery, and we have seen the start of developments towards providing innovative teaching spaces which will support the utilisation of new pedagogical methods. Over the last several months, work has progressed on the establishment of major review programmes for the curricula of both our undergraduate MBBS/BSc and the postgraduate taught portfolio.  This is a really key and exciting time for educational opportunity in this Faculty, and it is one which holds important possibilities for engagement and skills development for all staff.

You can read more about the work underway for the undergraduate medicine curriculum review, and how you can be part of this key process, on Jo Harris’s recent FoM Staff blog piece.  We want to keep all Faculty staff updated on this important evolving process for both undergraduate and postgraduate provision right through next year so please watch out for further updates and do get in touch for further info.

Alongside our review processes, I’ve also been excited to watch opportunity grow for widening the reach of our education and expertise beyond our London campuses with the exploration and initiation of global online learning opportunities. Developments such as work within the School of Public Health to develop a ‘Global Master of Public Health’ create both exciting new formats for our educational provision and outstanding routes to achieving academic impact and spreading the benefits of our work.

Celebrating achievement

I would not want to let this review go by without noting the extraordinary hard work and many individual achievements that have contributed to the developments outlined above, as well as the quality and dedication that shows itself day-to-day in delivering our courses.  I would like to congratulate those who are recognised through the President’s awards for Excellence in Education and through our own School of Medicine Teaching awards.

Lastly, as I sign-off from writing this review, I cannot fail to mention that I am writing this not from my office, but sitting in Singapore awaiting the start of an event which truly demonstrates how much the innovation, dedication and talent to be found in our Faculty can achieve – the first graduation ceremony for our inaugural student cohort at LKCMedicine. A truly exceptional effort from two partner universities, from LKCMedicine school staff and, it goes without saying, from the students themselves has brought us to this very proud moment.

My thanks to all who have been part of this extraordinary year of opportunity for medicine education at Imperial.

Professor Martin Wilkins, Vice Dean (Research) – the year in review

Professor Martin WilkinsIn my first year as Vice Dean (Research) it has been a pleasure to discover the full breadth and quality of our research.  We continue to build on our strong convergent science, so well demonstrated by our success with initiatives such as the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) Centre at Imperial, the newly established Health Data Research (HDR) UK, and the Future Vaccine Manufacturing Hub.

The UK DRI at Imperial is led by Professor Paul Matthews and is actively recruiting the best scientists to Imperial to contribute to a UK network to carry out research relevant to all dementias. The HDR has come together to address challenging healthcare issues through use of data science, with Imperial’s participation lead by Professor Paul Elliott in his role as an HDR Associate Director. The Future Vaccine Manufacturing Hub, which involves multiple research partners, is led by Professor Robin Shattock from Imperial’s Department of Medicine, includes scientists from across the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Life Sciences. The aim of the Hub is to improve the response to outbreaks, by distributing vaccines quickly and more cost-effectively.

Addressing major scientific questions requires building a critical mass of multidisciplinary researchers, and Imperial is well placed to do this. So we have been working across faculties to develop multidisciplinary networks of excellence with three new networks established this year in the areas of vaccines, diabetes and vascular science.

Celebrating success

Our translational research received another boost this year with our largest ever award from the MRC’s Confidence in Concept scheme.  As well as £1m received from the MRC, additional funds were provided by our Biomedical Research Centre, Royal Marsden Hospital, Wellcome Trust, EPSRC and AstraZeneca, resulting in total funding of £1.7m. This has been awarded to 26 exciting new research projects, across a broad range of areas and collaborators. The aim of the scheme is to strengthen the College’s early translational research portfolio, providing funding to help with the translation of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics towards clinical testing and/or a marketable product. This approach epitomises the research ethos in the Faculty, striving to achieve excellence in research with impact.

There isn’t enough room in this brief piece from me to name all of our investigators, from ECRs to senior researchers, who have been winning prestigious awards. However, congratulations to you all and keep up the good work.

Preparation makes perfect

To help ensure that our researchers remain world-leading, the Faculty Research Committee has taken a proactive approach to a drop in successful MRC awards by implementing ‘MRC Shadow Panels’. These have been established to facilitate systematic review of project grants and NIRG applications to both MRC Infection & Immunity and Population System Medicine Boards.

The Panels comprise senior leaders from across the College who have exceptional MRC success rates. Many work closely with the MRC, and they have considerable experience of peer review and assessment. The strategic feedback offered is invaluable, and participants who have been through Shadow Panel Reviews have found the process extremely helpful.

Our research in the media

I am very proud of the regularity with which our work gains positive media attention and engages the wider public with the importance of research. Again there are far too many to list everything, but a few of my favourites are the wonderful press about our research into using ‘magic mushrooms’ to help with severe depression; a better way of dealing with ‘cyberchondria’ (abnormal health anxiety, made worse by people researching their symptoms online); the negative impacts of London air pollution on the health of unborn babies and older adults; and increasing resistance to antifungal treatments that could lead to global increased disease outbreaks and threats to food security.

Finally I’d just like to wish those taking a break over summer a wonderful holiday, and I’m looking forward to an even more successful year when all hands are back on deck.

Professor Clare Lloyd, Vice Dean (Institutional Affairs) – the year in review

Professor Clare LloydThe past academic year has seen much progress and development across many areas, as we strive to make our Faculty a productive, enjoyable and supportive environment in which to work and learn.

As part of our mission to increase support for career development across the Faculty, a Professional Development Consultant specifically for Fellows has been recruited; Leanne Lillepuu.  Leanne works across the College and has put in place a number of initiatives to provide support for fellows.  As part of this she has been doing a lot of specific work for clinical fellows – joining up the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre with the CATO (Clinical Academic Training Office). Her remit is to develop an inclusive programme of support and cohort building activities, with the aim of increasing the number of applications, and ultimately the number of fellowships awarded.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We have established a Faculty Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee that will be chaired by Professor Sara Rankin. With a broad remit, this new committee will cover all areas of equality, diversity, inclusion and culture, working closely with the already operational Faculty of Medicine Athena SWAN Committee. We look forward to the Committee’s first meeting this coming September.

Last October our Institute of Clinical Sciences received a Silver Award from Athena SWAN, adding to those held by the Department of Medicine, NHLI and School of Public Health, and the Department of Surgery and Cancer’s Bronze Award. This is part of our ongoing commitment to equality in science and success for all.  The coming six months will see Athena renewal applications being submitted for NHLI,SPH and Surgery and Cancer, with the outcome of the Department of Medicine’s application currently awaited.

Staff Survey Action Plan

Another major action for the coming year is development and improvement of the frameworks we have in place for effective communication within this Faculty.  This response forms part of our Action Plan following the 2017 Staff Survey, from which Faculty staff responses showed that, while there are areas of good practice and strength within the Faculty in terms of communication, there are significant areas where the Faculty can do better in communicating well about issues affecting Faculty life and our strategic direction.

Work on this has already started with the completion of the first round of Dean’s campus roadshows during the Winter/Spring of this year and planning is already underway for the next round this Autumn. Faculty staff from different professional roles and locations are also contributing to discussion about opportunities for improvement: this has helped us to begin to draw out opportunities for investigation and progress.  We will continue to work over the remainder of 2018 to consult, develop, better define and share the Faculty’s approach in this important area.

MBBS Curriculum Review – why and how you should get involved

In response to an ever-changing landscape for medical education, Imperial College School of Medicine is undertaking a major curriculum review covering all aspects of our undergraduate medical programme.

If you’d be interested in being involved in delivering the new curriculum in any capacity or any of the below descriptions applies to you, or if you’d be interested in providing a research experience for the Clinical Research and Innovation module, please get in touch with the Curriculum Review team on curriculumreview@imperial.ac.uk. (more…)

Imperial Confidence in Concept (ICiC) Scheme Awards Funding to 26 projects

The Faculty of Medicine is delighted to report the outcome of the sixth Imperial Confidence in Concept (ICiC) competition, which was instigated to support the College-wide development of novel devices, diagnostics and therapeutics for areas of unmet clinical need.

Funding

This year, a fund in excess of £1.6M was made available from the MRC (Confidence in Concept fund), NIHR Imperial BRC, Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, EPSRC Impact Acceleration Accounts, and HEIF funding, as well as support from NIHR BRC at The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research.

For the second year in a row we have also partnered with AstraZeneca to offer the AZ Innovation Fund as part of the ICiC call. The aim of the AZ Innovation Fund is to enable drug discovery by facilitating the development of new technologies and the exploration of disease biology.

Why is the ICiC important?

The aim of the scheme is to strengthen the College’s early translational research portfolio, providing funding to help with the translation of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics towards clinical testing and/or a marketable product. This is achieved by providing vital pilot-funding to bridge potential gaps between discovery research and applications for MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme or Developmental Clinical Studies Funding Scheme.

Since its inception in 2012, 117 projects have been funded, leveraging in excess of £61M in follow on funding, transforming the pull-through of discovery science to clinical application across the College.

The 2018 award winners

The cross-College panel, which was chaired by Professor Roberto Solari and included external members, was very impressed with the high quality of applications this year.

Proposals covered the full breadth of biomedical translational research across the College, and examples include:

  • Lipid A analysis by MALDI-MS on intact bacteria discriminates chromosomal and plasmidic resistance to last resort antibiotics (Larrouy-Maumus);
  • Using novel cytokines to accelerate wound closure (Higgins);
  • Development and testing of Novel Bio-orthogonally Modified Viruses as Vaccine Candidates (O’Hare);
  • Self-Homing Intelligent Needle Ecosystem (SHINE) (Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena).

We are also pleased to announce two co-funded projects with our colleagues at the NIHR BRC at The Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research:

  • Autologous jejunal mucosal transplantation combined with topical lubiprostone to reduce xerostomia after chemoradiation (JETPROX): a pilot study in 5 patients
    • A collaboration between Dr Vinidh Paleri (RMH) and Dr Peter Clarke (Imperial)
  • Fluorescent Probes with Exceptional Brightness for Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer by Direct Imaging
    • Led by Imperial’s Dr Fang Xie in collaboration with the Royal Marsden’s Dr Steve Allen and Dr Richard Sidebottom

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NeurOn Topic – a new Imperial blog

A new Imperial blog entitled ‘NeurOn Topic: Learning and Teaching’ has launched this week.

The founder and editor of the blog is Dr Stefano Sandrone, Teaching Fellow within the Faculty of Medicine, and the contributors are Imperial’s MSc Translational Neuroscience students.

The key aims of this new blog are to enhance the curriculum, innovate pedagogy and inspire society.

With questions submitted by current Master’s students, the first blog post features an interview with Dr Magdalena Skipper, former Imperial alumna and new Editor-in-Chief of Nature. She is the first female Editor-in-Chief over the last 149 years and started her new role at the beginning of July.

Some of the topics that will be covered in future blog posts include the relationship between brain science and spirituality, the neuroscience behind the ‘perfect’ morning cup of coffee, and the neuroscience of revision. There will be also space for notes on the cognitive changes in depression and on the neurological aspect of HIV, as well as on the important role the anterior part of our brain plays in learning and cognition.

Furthermore, other interviews with special guests have already been planned.

Stay tuned! Visit the blog at: http://wwwf.imperial.ac.uk/blog/neuron-topic/

The Professor Richard Wise Memorial Fund

In memory of Richard Wise

A memorial fund has been created in the late Professor Richard Wise’s name to commemorate his contribution to science and the academic community at Imperial College London.

The Professor Richard Wise Memorial Fund exists within Imperial College and aims to commemorate Richard and his passion for supporting researchers early in their careers. The Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging group at Imperial to will be hosting an annual international lecture prize competition for young scientists in cognitive neuroscience. This will be in memory of Richard who made enormous contributions to cognitive neuroscience and had a reputation for supporting young neuroscientists.

About the Fund

Early to mid-career neuroscientists will be invited to submit scientific abstracts in the field of cognitive neuroscience on an annual basis. The winning candidate will present their work in London alongside an invited lecture delivered by a senior internationally-renowned cognitive neuroscientist.

The fund will support travel expenses for both the winning scientists and the invited speaker, their accommodation costs, and refreshments for the event. To maximise attendance to the event, the event itself will be free and open to all cognitive neuroscientists and will be temporally linked to a national/international neuroscience event, such as the annual Association of British Neurologists meeting, or the British Neuropsychological Society spring meeting. Around 200 delegates are expected, from a wide range of research and clinical backgrounds. The audience will include clinical neurologists, neuroscientists, neuroimaging analysts and clinical psychologists. The organising committee will be chaired by Professor David Sharp, Dr Adam Hampshire, Dr Fatemeh Geranmayeh and Dr Emily Shaw (Richard’s daughter).

How to donate

Donations to the Fund can be made on the JustGiving page.

Professor Richard Wise was a Consultant neurologist and a Professor of neurology at Imperial College London. He was a prolific academic writer who was deeply respected by his colleagues and patients. He supervised many PhD students who have gone on to become leaders in their field.

A memorial service will be taking place from 6-9pm, Monday 9 July, Lecture Theatre 1, Wolfson Education Centre, Hammersmith Hospital. Further details and registration at https://richardwise.eventbrite.com

Monthly update from the Institute of Global Health Innovation

News

Road traffic injury

IGHI latest forum gathered to discuss road traffic injury and big data.

Imperial appointment will help speed up patient access to cutting-edge treatment

IGHI Director, Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham from Imperial’s Department of Surgery & Cancer has been appointed as chair of a joint government-industry group to speed up patient access to ground-breaking technologies and treatments.

IGHI Podcast: Road traffic injuries

In our latest podcast, IGHI speaks to Miss Seema Yalamanchili about road traffic injuries in lower and middle-income countries.

Blog

From Flatbush New York to London, via Paris: Ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes, a distinct form of diabetes we’re only beginning to understand – By Dr Shivani Misra, Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Medicine

During Diabetes Week, Dr Misra looked at how there are more than just two types of diabetes and how global insights into ethnic-specific types can benefit local people with diabetes.

Towards safer and more equitable maternal health care – By Ana Luisa Neves, General Practitioner and Research Associate at Imperial NIHR PSTRC

Winner of Imperial Enterprise Lab’s Venture Catalyst Challenge 2018 explains why how her initiative, Momoby is looking to better access to maternal health care.

Improving blood transfusion systems using an evidence-based approach – By Chris Bird, MSc Health Policy student at Imperial College and Project Manager in the System Engagement Programme at NICE

Chris Bird takes a look at the case for an evidence-based approach in blood transfusions.

 

 

 

Inclusive Module for Professional And Critical Thinking Skills (IMPACTS) Teaching Fellow

What is IMPACTS?

The Inclusive Module for Professional And Critical Thinking Skills (IMPACTS) is a project funded by Imperial College Excellence Fund for Learning and Teaching Innovation for a year. Its aim is to develop – for all postgraduate taught programmes in the Faculty of Medicine – a blended online/face-to-face module to introduce our Masters students to the professional skills and critical thinking required to undergo their research project.

Inspired by the daily practice of the scientific community, IMPACTS will be a blended and inclusive learning approach to these professional skills, such as efficient article reading and data presentation as well as claim analysis or problem-solving. The teaching will be delivered through an interactive online pre-session element and a subsequent face-to-face element, relying on active sessions directly integrated into individual programmes’ curricula. Through its interactive, blended and inclusive nature, IMPACTS fits nicely within the College Learning and Teaching strategy.

New Teaching Fellow Post

To support this project, we are recruiting a Teaching Fellow (TF, 0.5FTE level 3b for 12 months) who will, by working alongside our students, postgraduate programmes and the IMPACTS team, coordinate the design, development and timely delivery of the IMPACTS module.

More details about the post can be found in the Job Descriptionincluding a link to the application page.

If you have any queries about the role, please contact Sophie Rutschmann.

Applications should take the form of a CV and a cover letter outlining the skills and experience you would bring to the role and should be sent to me by 12 noon on Wednesday 4 July. All application received will be acknowledged.

Great opportunity to mentor high school students for CREST Awards – we need you!

Great Opportunity to Mentor High School Students for CREST Awards
For the 6th year, we are running the Imperial CREST Academy to support scientific mentoring of high school students undertaking British Science Association CREST Awards (British Science Association CREST). The project will start in October and run through the next academic year.

Likened to a ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award in Science‘, these awards are certified by the British Science Association for scientific projects that students do outside of their normal school work. This gives the students an opportunity to develop original research ideas and interact with real scientists, a fantastic and inspiring opportunity. Groups of new students from all over London would like to undertake CREST Awards, but are in need of scientific mentors from Imperial College. (more…)

New Research Data Service from ICT

ICT has launched a new service this month that is designed to meet the demands of today’s research community. The RDS is a new central service for storing large volumes of research data. It has a number of key features, for example:

  • Ease of use: accessible as a fast network drive across the college network, and directly on the ICT computer systems.
  • Cost-effective: generous standard allocations for individuals and projects, with metered rates for additional storage (see Wiki.Imperial for a comparison of storage options).
  • Secure: will become an ISO-certified system for secure, GDPR-compliant data storage.

The service includes the following storage space options:

  • Project Space: as a PI you may create as many separate project allocations as you need, with each project receiving 2Tb of online storage. Additional storage will be available (chargeable at the metered rates shown below).
  • Individual Space: as an active user of the Research Computing Service’s HPC systems you will also receive an entitlement of 1TB for private working space. This space provides snapshots, allowing you to retrieve deleted or earlier revisions of files.
  • Ephemeral Space: projects and HPC users alike have access to temporary working space. This ephemeral space can store an unrestricted amount of data for up to 30 days before it is automatically deleted.

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A message from the Dean of Medicine: Professor Jonathan Weber

Prof Jonathan Weber
As you can imagine, after the College’s high profile international search I was delighted to to be interviewed and subsequently appointed as Dean for our Faculty. Having first joined St Mary’s Medical School as a Wellcome Clinical Training Fellow in 1982 it is an honour to now lead our Faculty.

Since my appointment as Acting Dean in October 2017, I have learnt much more about the work that is undertaken within Medicine and have had the opportunity to work with HoDs and Vice Deans to consider how we can effectively position ourselves as an organisation and across our campuses to best support the immense strengths of our Faculty.

For our research strategy, I am eager to build thematically where we have ambition and critical mass, recruit and support early career researchers across the Faculty with a particular focus on mentorship and career progression.

Having spent my career at Imperial focussed on research, my steepest learning has been in education. Our undergraduate School of Medicine is the landmark which defines our reputation nationally and internationally; as there will be five new medical schools next year, we need to ensure that our medical education remains excellent, attracting the highest quality of students and producing the best trained doctors.

I shall be working with the Vice Provost (Education), our Vice Dean (Education), our Faculty Education Office and departmental leads to continue to enhance and develop all our UG and PGT courses, supporting the ambitious learning and teaching strategy across the College. Meanwhile, in July I shall be glowing with pride at LKC Medicine – our joint medical school in Singapore with NTU – when the first 52 students will graduate. This most successful partnership, Imperial’s first such foray internationally, is a tribute to all of the work of Jenny Higham, Martyn Partridge, Des Johnston, Martin Lupton, Naomi Low-Beer and the teams that have supported them. I thank them all now on behalf of the Faculty.

Jonathan

Professor Jonathan Weber
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

New on the website

UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) at Imperial

The challenge of dementia demands new concepts, new approaches and a diverse range of new research tools and directions. A diagnosis of dementia occurs every four seconds – the UK DRI at Imperial will play a unique role in aiming to stop this current trend.

www.imperial.ac.uk/uk-dri


Diabetes Network

The Network of Excellence in Diabetes was established in 2018 with the goal of gaining a better understanding of the disease process and developing innovative new approaches to treatment. Key research areas are in bioinspired engineering, pancreatic islet cell biology, and disease genetics. The Network aims to provide training in the technologies focussing on the interface between disciplines, linking basic research to clinical practice.

www.imperial.ac.uk/diabetes-network/

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Monthly update from the Institute of Global Health Innovation

News and events

The impact of conflict in healthcare

IGHI’s May Forum gathered to discussed how healthcare is impacted by conflict.

Call for applicants for an early careers med tech workshop in China

Apply for an all expenses paid trip to China for a workshop on mental health technologies organised by the Hamlyn Centre.

Register now – Health Technology Assessment Toolkit consultation

Registration is open to join the International Decision Support Initiative’s Health Technology Assessment Toolkit consultation process.

IGHI Podcast

Healthcare amongst conflict

In this month’s podcast from the Institute of Global Health Innovation, we speak to Dr Esmita Charani, Senior Lead Pharmacist, Faculty of Medicine and Dr Emily Mayhew, Visiting Researcher and Imperial’s lead on the Paediatric Blast Injury Partnership.

Upcoming events

Register now – International Robotics Showcase in Liverpool

Registration now open for International Robotics Showcase in Liverpool. One-day showcase and speaker programme to highlight latest robotics innovation, to be held during International Business Festival. (more…)

Horizon 2020 coordination opportunites

There are currently many opportunities (from 2018 to 2020) for Imperial academics to coordinate large-scale collaborative research consortia through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. Horizon 2020 supports, through various calls for proposals in areas such as Health, Climate, Energy and others, the delivery of high-quality research with clear societal impact. You can access the Commission’s Participants Portal to obtain more information on how Horizon 2020 works.

Imperial’s Programme Management Office from the Enterprise Division is able to provide expert advice and project management support to academics that are planning on coordinating Horizon 2020 projects. If you would like to know more about the individual funding areas, see the following links:

Academic teams interested in submitting a proposal and coordinating a Horizon 2020 project should contact Dr Radu Rautiu from the PMO for further information.

CATO Research Symposium: Call for Abstracts

Submit an abstract

For the CATO Research Symposium research symposium taking on 27 June we are delighted that we will be joined by Professor Eric Alton, Chair of Respiratory Medicine and Gene Therapy at Imperial. He will be talking about his pioneering research which has evolved from understanding the basic pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis, through mice models into human gene therapy: an exquisite clinical academic research career for you all to emulate!

The research symposium is a key part of your clinical academic training/research career development – exposing you to a wider range of research than in your day-to-day work, giving you an opportunity to think of novel collaborations, techniques, and research questions, and see how you can develop a clinical academic career. You should attend if you are an Academic Foundation Doctor, ACF, in a clinical research training fellowship/PhD, CL or other post-doctoral researcher, or a non-medical clinical academic. The afternoon will include research presentations, the keynote presentation, posters and networking opportunities with colleagues and the CATO team.

We encourage you all to submit a research abstract, and there will be PRIZES for the best oral presentations and for the best research poster. This year we encourage you to think about your use of plain English when presenting your research for a non-clinical, non-scientific audience, and of course lay explanations are now needed on all grant and fellowship applications, so the practice is invaluable.

Abstracts must be submitted on the following template.

All submitted abstracts must include a plain English summary (125 words max, see guidance sheet) and we will offer an ADDITIONAL PRIZE for the very best.

Send your abstracts using the attached template to cato@imperial.ac.uk. We will advise you if you have been selected to give an oral presentation or to display a poster by early June. We are open for abstract submissions until 10.00hrs on Tuesday 29 May 2018.

Attend the CATO Research Symposium

Wednesday 27 June 2018, 13.00-18.30, W12 Conference Centre, Hammersmith Hospital

Please book a place ASAP for the symposium using the online booking form.

Advertisement for academic leadership position – Head of Assessment and Feedback – BSc in Medical Biosciences

Sadly for us, Gabby Da Silva will be leaving us and I’m sure you’d like to join me in thanking her for her support of our students, particularly in her leadership roles of Exams Lead and Senior Tutor for Medical Biosciences, and in wishing her well in the future. We are now seeking a replacement for Gabby as Head of Assessment and Feedback for the BSc in Medical Biosciences which commenced last October.

Reporting to the Head of Programme, the post holder will play a key role in ensuring the reliability and validity of assessments and in supporting staff to develop and continuously improve assessment and feedback. The appointee will be an experienced teacher with in-depth knowledge of undergraduate biomedical science education. S/he will have enthusiasm and passion for the teaching and assessment of undergraduates in addition to the ability to develop strong working relationships

The job description and person specification can be found at https://bb.imperial.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/xid-3781226_1

Applications should take the form of a CV and covering letter outlining the skills and experience you would bring to the role and should be sent to me, s.english@imperial.ac.uk, by 12 noon on Friday 25th May. All application received will be acknowledged.

Susan English
Director of Education Management

Currently recruiting: eModule Content Writers – deadline for applications 8am 11 May 2018

BSc Medical Biosciences

The BSc Medical Biosciences (BMB) launched in October 2017 using blended teaching methodologies, sometimes referred to as flipped learning. This involves individual on-line learning using eModules and face-to-face sessions where most learning activities are carried out in group. We are currently developing the learning assets for Year 2 and wish to appoint subject matter experts to develop bespoke eModules.

Successful candidates

This opportunity is open to both internal and external candidates.

We are looking to appoint content writers to assist with the development of 55 online eModules across eight subject areas, namely:

  • Genetics & Genomics (GEN)
  • Stem Cells & reproductive Biology (SCRB)
  • Pharmacology (PHAR)
  • Microbiome in Health & Disease (MHD)
  • Cancer Biology (CBIO)
  • Immunology & Inflammation (IMI)
  • Neurobiology (NEURO)
  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Biology (CTB)

Successful candidates will have a proven record and be very knowledgeable in at least one of the areas listed above. The role is likely to suit teaching fellows or postdocs but we welcome enquiries from other similarly qualified individuals.

Content Writer responsibilities include:

  • Gathering appropriate resources (e.g. videos, images etc.)
  • Writing engaging course content including knowledge checks and audio scripts
  • Editing content in response to feedback
  • Collaborating with Module leadership to ensure consistency across Module content
  • Ensuring content is aligned to session and module learning outcomes
  • Meeting all agreed-upon turnaround times for deliverables and deliverable reviews

Time commitment

Each subject area requires a different number of eModules to be developed; with between 4 and 10 eModules in each subject area. Each eModule will take roughly a week to draft the content for storyboarding and up to 2 days to finalise the review of developed eModules.

We anticipate that the content for Term 1 eModules will be completed by mid-June and the content for Term 2 eModules will be completed by end-July; with review following in August onwards.

Please contact the Instructional Designers to discuss the exact timings for each eModule and how they can provide support if applicants have not had any previous experience in writing eModules.

Payment

You will be paid £750 per eModule developed and can apply for as many eModules as your time allows.

Successful applicants will be responsible for managing their time to meet the agreed deadlines. Internal applicants should discuss with their line manager before applying. The table below shows the number of eModules per subject area.

TERM 1 Modules No of eModules Content Writing deadline Review period
Genetics and Genomics 6 Mid-June Aug/Sep
Stem Cells and Reproductive Biology 6 Mid-June Aug/Sep
Pharmacology and Toxicology 8 Mid-June Aug/Sep
Microbiome in Health and Disease 6 Mid-June Aug/Sep
TERM 2 Modules
Cancer Biology 9 End-July Oct/Nov
Immunology and Inflammation 10 End-July Oct/Nov
Neuroscience 6 End-July Oct/Nov
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Biology 4 End-July Oct/Nov

 

How to apply

If you are interested and would like to discuss this further, please contact Agata Sadza (a.sadza@imperial.ac.uk) or Emma Blyth (e.blyth@imperial.ac.uk)

To formally apply, please send your CV and information about the eModule that you’re interested in working on to bmb.development@ic.ac.uk.

Closing date is Friday 11 May at 8am.

Faculty Education Office staff fundraising for charity supported through new MBBS module

A team from Medicine’s Faculty Education Office are raising money for the charity Days for Girls, supporting a team of MBBS students heading out to rural Nepal in May.

In 2016, the School of Medicine collaborated with the ICSM Students’ Union and charity Community Action Nepal, to produce ‘Imperial College Enables’, giving students the opportunity to experience healthcare systems entirely different to that of the UK.

The project grew in 2017, and from the work the students did on their visit to Nepal came a relationship with the charity Days for Girls, which supports young women around the world by distributing female hygiene kits and education materials about menstruation.

Many women in rural Nepal struggle to manage their periods, some using rags and many forced to stay indoors for the duration, and the level of education about menstruation is low.

During the students’ visit, word spread quickly between the rural communities, and many women walked many miles to a health post to collect a hygiene kit. The students soon ran out of the kits, which are colourful bags containing washable sanitary pads and underwear.

Each kit can last up to three years, and costs just £5.14 to produce. The kits are also sewn and put together in Nepal, offering the extra benefit of employment for local people.

In May 2018, students will return to the Nepalese health posts previously visited, as part of a new second-year MBBS module, Clinical Research and Innovation. The aim is to prepare these students with 1033 hygiene kits – the number of female students currently in the School of Medicine.

The FEO team spearheading the fundraising initiative alongside Head of MBBS Years 1 and 2, Professor Mary Morrell, are Jo Williams and Margaret Rodger, Programme Officers for MBBS Years 1 and 2; Hannah Pietruszewska, Education and Finance Officer; Labbie Farrell, Programme Assistant for MBBS Years 1 and 2; Emma Blyth, Instructional Designer; and Agata Sadza, Blended Learning Specialist. (more…)

Monthly update from the Institute of Global Health Innovation

News

Innovative finger prick test could improve maternal healthcare across the globe

A social enterprise, Momoby, founded by Ana Luisa Neves of the Centre for Health Policy and Andrea Rodriguez-Martinez from the Department of Surgery & Cancer that aims to bring vital prenatal care to isolated regions has won the Venture Catalyst Challenge.

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Events

The Global Response to AMR and Future Directions for Antimicrobial Stewardship

Join us on 23 April for a webinar with Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, hosted by the Centre for Health Policy’s Leading Health Systems Network.

Full details on event

Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics

The Hamlyn Symposium celebrated its 10th year in 2017. The 2018 event will be held from Sunday 24th – Wednesday 27th June 2018, lasting over four days to include workshops on various clinical and technical topics as well as a two-day main conference with the participation of invited/keynote speakers, paper authors and delegates from leading medical, science and technology institutions. (more…)

Events from the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO)

Where to start if you’ve been thinking about research!

Have you ever thought about doing some research because you want to make improvements for your patients or how you do your job?

Well, the Imperial Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) has a session for you…

This informal and exploratory session could be just the start you need. This FREE event is open to all Imperial College Healthcare Trust/Imperial College/Royal Brompton and Royal Marsden Hospital’s non-medical healthcare professionals. Please see below details about the event and to book your place now.

Date: Thursday 3 May 2018

Time: 16:00-18:00

Venue: Wolfson Building, Hammersmith Hospital.

Secure your place

CATO Masterclass: Improving use of genomic information including accessing the 100,000 Genomes project, 8 May

Tuesday 8 May 2018,  17.30-19.30,  W12 Conference Centre, Hammersmith Hospital

This Masterclass will explore the cutting-edge use of genomic information both in clinical practice and clinical academic research, and will give an update on the 100,000 Genomes project and how clinical academics can use/access 100,000 Genomes. Whatever your research interests this will be of enormous interest, given the rapidly changing field,  and might allow you to better think how to access available data/materials.

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Focus on Research Strategy

Faculty of Medicine Research Strategy Team
The Faculty of Medicine Research Strategy team supports the work of the Dean and Vice Dean (Research) in developing and implementing strategies and policies to grow the Faculty’s research funding portfolio. We are a busy team of three with a broad array of research management and administration experience: Dr Des Walsh (Director of Research Strategy), Dr Sarah Wagstaffe (Head of Research Strategy) and Dr Kimberley Trim (Research Strategy Coordinator).

Responding to a continuously changing research landscape, we work with research groups to help develop collaborative, multidisciplinary research activity and facilitate the development of institutional relationships with major biomedical research funders. We also strive to ensure the Faculty of Medicine is central to research developments within College but also to exert influence on research strategy at national and international level.

Always available to discuss your ideas, we can work with you to explore potential funding opportunities and to ensure you develop the strongest possible application with the best chance of success. Whether you are trying to find potential collaborators, looking for insight into major funder strategies, exploring routes to research translation or are looking to develop a cross-disciplinary research theme to address a major global challenge – we are here to help you. (more…)

Monthly update from the Institute of Global Health Innovation

News

Plug-and-play prostheses wins IGHI Student Challenges Competition

Artificial limbs that patients can fit and maintain themselves won both the top prize of £5,000 and an additional Audience Choice Award of £1,000 at this year’s Student Challenges Competition hosted by the Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI).

Exploring Data-based and AI approaches to Healthcare

This month IGHI collaborated with the EPSRC Centre for Mathematics of Precision Healthcare to discuss and learn about the latest advances in data-based and AI approaches in healthcare.

Read the article.

Former Special Adviser to UN Dr David Nabarro appointed Global Health Chair

Former Special Advisor to the UN and nominee for the WHO Director General, Dr David Nabarro has been appointed as Professor within Imperial’s Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI).

Visit our website to read more.

Global Health Forum: Healthy cities

IGHI host forum to discuss the current research on air pollution and health cities.

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The impacts of Ukraine’s hike in tobacco tax

In the latest instalment of Imperial’s Global Health and Development lecture series, Dr Laura Webber (Director of Public Health Modelling at the UK Health Forum and Honorary Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) presented evidence that predicted the avoidance of 127,000 new cases of smoking-related diseases by 2035 as a result of tobacco excise tax increases in Ukraine.

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Patient Safety Translational Research Centre host patient safety Committee

Imperial NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre within IGHI hosted 3rd & final NASEM Committee on Improving Quality of Healthcare Globally.

Visit our website to read more. (more…)

IMPLEMnT: Teaching, technology and community

What is IMPLEMnT?

Last year James Moss and I (Katie Stripe) of the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) and Alexandra ‘Chippy’ Compton, medical student and ICU president, received a grant from the Excellence Fund in Learning and Teaching Innovation to develop a tool that will help educators navigate their way through today’s technology-saturated world in order to more effectively use digital methods in their teaching. Ultimately we hope to create a tool that will help anyone in a teaching role, be that a lecturer, a doctor teaching at the bedside, a lab demonstrator, or any one of the huge variety of educators we have in the faculty and across college, to make informed decisions about which technologies are most appropriate for the type of teaching they are providing. There are many sites listing the myriad technologies that can be used in learning but none, so far, that have combined that information with teaching methodology to give practical advice on what to use and when.

Embarking on this project we rather naively thought it would be simple to curate a list of technologies and teaching methodologies then join them together. We were wrong, very wrong! Once we began looking at the technology used in teaching it became clear that there an overwhelming number so we hope to make this into a college-wide community project by asking colleagues and student partners which technologies they use and how. We can then build a bank of technologies that grows dynamically as technology develops but is also relevant to our teaching community.

We have already constructed a framework at implemntproject.com where we have so far compiled a small number of technologies, however, we have a list of over 300 more unfinished plus the thousands that we have not yet encountered. Since IMPLEMnT aims to be a tool that works for people from across college it seems fitting that those teachers should be able to contribute. If you have ideas or suggestions you can contact us through the site, via twitter @implemntproject or you can join us for a mass online co-authoring session on 25 April at 12pm. This event will have two face-to-face sessions running at the South Kensington campus where staff can come together and contribute technologies, methodologies and case studies via post-it notes, marker pens and other more traditional means, and running alongside this there will be several online rooms which you can drop in and out of depending on experience and interest: (more…)