The Eastman recently hosted their first research training session for NIHR clinical academic trainees
The afternoon was dedicated to academic and research training for NIHR clinical academic clinical fellows, clinical lecturers and clinical research training fellows.
The session was supported by the NIHR UCLH BRC Oral Health and Disease Theme, and provided an opportunity for trainees to present their research projects and receive advice from senior staff – including guidance career progression.
Also in attendance were speakers from the academic careers office, the academy of medical sciences and the NIHR academy who were on hand to inform attendees about courses, grants and mentoring specifically for clinical academics.
Programme director of the MSc in oral medicine at the Eastman Dental Institute and head of the department of clinical research at UCL EDI Professor Stefano Fedele said: ‘The oral health and disease theme has the ambitious target of supporting the training and increasing the number of clinical academics working in experimental and translational medicine in the field of oral and dental disease.
‘Capacity building is crucial for our UCL/UCLH partnership in order to become the “go-to” place for the delivery of translational clinical trials for the benefit of patients with diseases of the mouth including oral cancer and pre-cancer, chronic facial pain, autoimmune disorders and chronic dental infectious disease.’
The afternoon was well received with attendees enjoying the opportunity to network with peers and other dental academic trainees.
The oral health and disease theme is one of the new themes of the NIHR UCLH BRC which focuses on innovative diagnostics and therapeutics so to reduce the burden of oral diseases.
Read about the Eastman’s NIHR BRC–funded research projects here.