Training opportunity_British Association for the Study of the Liver

Dear Trainee,                                                                                                                          24th May 2014

We are writing to invite you to an exciting educational opportunity which is free to attend. We are organising a training workshop for trainees who are part of the NIHR Infrastructure, BASL or the BSG.

Theme – ‘Fibrosis from Theory to Practice: An Exploration of the Challenge of Developing Anti-Fibrotic Therapy for Liver Disease and how we may Approach Addressing it’.

Location – Gateshead Hilton

Date – Sunday 14th September (immediately before BASL Annual Meeting in Newcastle, 15-17th Sept)

 The programme for the meeting is at the end of this invitation. We envisage a full day of lectures and discussion followed by a course dinner for delegates and faculty.

Free overnight accommodation on Sunday 14th September will be available for those who require it.

For trainees attending this meeting who also wish to attend the BASL Annual Meeting 2014, registration for this event will also be included.

Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

This will be an innovative and multi-disciplinary one day education meeting for trainees to explore:

  • The theory of anti-fibrotic therapy for use in chronic liver disease linking basic science discovery with approaches for therapeutic development
  • Approaches to evolving theoretical science into novel pharmaceutical agents
  • Approaches to evaluating the efficacy of such agents in practice (touching on end-points for trials and novel modalities to assess degree of fibrosis applicable both in the trials setting and potentially in clinical practice)
  • Challenges and potential solutions for implementation of those therapies in practice (who would prescribe to which patients in what care delivery framework).

The concept of the meeting is to take theoretical science through translation into implementation in clinical practice. The faculty are drawn from key investigators from relevant areas, with a significant industry and industry-engaged component.

We anticipate that this workshop will give a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities in this area, and provide a forum in which to bring together clinical and academic collaborators to discuss future opportunity. We very much hope that you will be able to join us.

Event booking is live now on the website:


NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship Scheme

Invitation to Apply for a Round 3 NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is pleased to announce the launch of a further round of the NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research (KMR) Fellowship Scheme. This scheme, managed by the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre, supports Fellows to undertake a balance of innovative knowledge mobilisation and research into the processes and impacts of such innovation. Through innovative practice and systematic study of that practice, KMR Fellows should advance knowledge and understanding of research use, influence and impact.

KMR Fellowships are personal awards and will fund a Fellow’s salary costs, research costs and a personalised training and development programme.

Further information, full eligibility criteria and instructions for applicants are available on the website of the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre at .

Applications must be submitted to the NIHR TCC by 1.00 pm on 14th August 2014.

Prof Kate Gerrish is a member of the NIHR panel reviewing applications and would be happy to advise anyone interested in applying from across CLAHRC YH

Fellowship Event_Research Design Service Yorkshire and the Humber

RDS Fellowship Event Tuesday 3 June 2014 12.00 to 16.30

This half day event will offer an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of Fellowship schemes. Registration to this event is FREE and lunch will be provided.

The event is open to all who are interested in applying for either the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) or Medical Research Council (MRC) Fellowship schemes, including methodologists, healthcare scientists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, clinicians, doctors and dentists. The event is organised by the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and Humber (RDS YH) and will provide an overview of the programmes and offer insight into what makes a good application. If you intend to apply for a fellowship in the future or would just like to know more about Fellowships then this will be an ideal opportunity.

The event will include:

An overview of NIHR and MRC Fellowship Awards
o Dr James Fenton, NIHR fellowships
o Prof Kate Gerrish, NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships
o Prof Stephen Walters, MRC fellowships

Presentations from current and past personal research awards
o Dr Mark Strong (doctorial and post doctorial experience)
o Mark Jayes (doctorial experience)

Top tips for applicants from NIHR and MRC panel members.

To reserve your place please book here:

Venue: Lecture room 2, Medical School, The University of Sheffield Beech Hill Road, Sheffield, S10 2RX
Time: 12.00 to 16.30.
Map & Visitor Information:
The Medical school is on grid ref: (C5, 88)

For further information please contact Samaira Khan on 0114 222 0777 or e-mail