|Supporting surgical research|
|Friday, 23 November 2012|
The College has published its largest ever biennial Research Report, a collection of summaries and reports outlining work carried out by recipients of the RCSEd’s awards and grants
The outstanding level of applications received each year by the College is evident in the range and high quality of work contained in the most recent Research Report, published in November.
One of the College’s primary aims is to expand and develop surgical knowledge, and to advance patient safety and care, and it is evident from the summaries of research contained in the Report that the recipients of these awards have indeed made significant gains in furthering this aim. As Chairman of the College’s Research Allocation Committee, Professor Kenneth Fearon explains:
“It is particularly important that research is focused on unmet clinical need and that there is a clear route whereby basic research can be readily translated to the bedside. Due to its craft-based nature, surgery and thereby surgical research has mostly had a strong clinical component or at least an element that is easily translated into the clinical environment. The Research Strategy Committee and Research Allocation Committee continue to support this view.”
Writing in his Foreword to the Report, Immediate Past President Mr David Tolley commented: “Despite the continuing difficult economic climate, we have maintained and expanded the research activities supported by this College and we are continuing to attract a high number of quality applications for the awards and bursaries we provide.
“The College’s Research Strategy Committee has contributed to our on-going success in this area, through providing strategic direction to these activities and assisting in identifying new opportunities. I am also grateful to the Research Allocation Committee for their continuing expert assessment of the applications we receive. It is this thorough assessment which ensures that the research projects supported are of a consistently high quality, innovative and relevant.”
Over the past decade, the College Grants system has seen 43 report papers published, the award of 14 higher degrees and 21 grants used as the basis for further funding. In addition, College Fellowships have made 10 awards, with seven report papers published and six higher degrees awarded. Thirteen Cutner Travelling Fellowships have also been awarded, with recipients enjoying clinical teaching and research experience in a range of countries. The College also endeavours to assist the future membership, with 22 Student Bursaries awarded to medical students across the UK in the last 10 years.
The College is grateful to the many donors who have provided funds for the efforts of the Awards and Grants section of the College. Professor Fearon acknowledges this on behalf of the Research Allocation Committee: “The activity of the Committee and the number of awards made is clearly dependent on resource and we are extremely grateful to the Donors of Research Funds who help sustain such vital activities. It is hoped that current fund-raising efforts within the College will add to the resource available and embellish further our extensive programme of research funding.”
If you would like to donate to the programme of Awards and Grants, please contact Cathy McCartney, Awards and Grants Administrator, Secretariat,