Project to INSPIRE student research
PLYMOUTH University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PU PSMD) have teamed up with medical schools across the South West to offer a scheme which aims to foster a research culture among doctors and dentists entering the NHS.
PU PSMD is part of a collaboration which has won £10,000 from the Academy of Medical Sciences INSPIRE initiative, and matched funding has boosted the total to £20,000.
The grant will help students to obtain experience of research and will involve opportunities to observe research groups in the region.
The money will fund four summer studentships over two years, to be split between PU PSMD and the University of Exeter Medical School. It will also pay for a conference for junior doctors and students to present their research.
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The £1 million five-year scheme called INSPIRE, is led by the Academy of Medical Science and is funded by the Welcome Trust. It aims to encourage medical and dental undergraduates to pursue scientific research.
Professor David Parkinson from PU PSMU, said: "The initiative will provide a range of exciting opportunities for our students to spend a day observing the work of clinical academics in action across the peninsula and beyond to Bristol and Cardiff medical schools. The money will fund a conference for students and junior clinical academics to showcase their work and a website."