Almost £1million of research grants that will play a key role in saving lives and improving treatments for patients have been awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Funding the next generation of surgical researchers is seen as one of the most important investments the College makes each year and scores of projects from a cross-section of medical and surgical disciplines have been supported.
The grants range from bursaries to junior medics to major Fellowship Awards involving some of the country’s leading medical researchers and institutions. The College is one of the largest dedicated funders of surgical research and education in the UK.
Professor Stephen Wigmore, Chair of the RCSEd Research Committee, said supporting research and innovation in surgery is one of the core activities that the College provides to its membership.
He said: “Supporting high quality surgical research is essential if we are to make progress in our quest to provide better treatment for our patients.
“We are committed to delivering results that will, ultimately, improve and save lives.”
The College’s Research Report 2016-2018 revealed that grants of £996,164 had been awarded by the Research and Grants Committee. It details the diverse range of grants into research in areas such as cancer, orthopaedic surgery and urology.
Past-President Michael Lavelle-Jones, whose period of office covered the report, added: “The future of our research programme is exciting. Partnership working is allowing us to undertake more ambitious work that will have a national impact in the longer term.
“We are looking to work with major medical research charities to grow surgical research from the periphery and place it at the heart of medical research agendas nationwide.
“This innovative approach to working together is in all our interests and will leave a lasting legacy of treatments that will transform lives.”
The College has a strategy to embed research as a key part of surgical training, believing it is not an abstract exercise but a core part of making surgeons more curious and engaged with the medical conditions they are trying to treat.