Students are offered the opportunity to conduct research in the area of Molecular and Clinical Gastroenterology. This is a specialist research strand forming part of the Masters in Research (MRes) in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine. Molecular and Clinical Gastroenterology strand students are mainly supervised by active researchers from the Department of Gastroenterology, but supervisors in other Departments performing relevant research also contribute. Students also participate in the lecture series and transferable skills offered as part of the wider MRes course.
1. Strand information for
Molecular and Clinical Gastroenterology:
The Department of Gastroenterology provides excellent opportunities for laboratory and clinical research focusing on the pathogenesis of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in humans and animals (http://www.liv.ac.uk/gastroenterology
). The high quality of our research was specifically commented on in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise and we have funding from sources including MRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR and CRUK. Our focus is on “translational” research that will take advances in basic medical research out of the laboratory and into the hospital or veterinary clinic ‘from the bench to bedside’ in order to improve the health and welfare of people and animals world-wide.
Examples of research projects include: Tropical Gastroenterology, GI Infections and bacteraemia (Gordon); Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – role of bacterial factors, the development and assessment of novel therapies (Campbell, Rhodes, Lu); Veterinary Gastrointestinal Diseases (Noble, Proudman); Gastrointestinal Cancers (Pritchard, Jenkins).
We employ the whole range of cutting-edge experimental techniques from mechanistic studies involving cell-lines and gastrointestinal tissues through to patient studies and clinical trials.
Laboratory research is based mainly in the main campus in the Henry Wellcome Laboratory of Molecular & Cellular Gastroenterology. Clinical research and trials are conducted at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Microbial Diseases at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and at the Leahurst Veterinary Field Station within the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital and Small Animal Teaching Hospital.
An overview of the MRes
(Master of Research) in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine
The MRes in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine provides students with high level research training within the six research departments contributing to the programme. The programme is divided into 11 strands and students choose a strand that matches their research interests; this then becomes the over-arching area of their research projects. The strands in the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine are listed below:
• Biology of Cancer
• Cellular and Molecular Physiology
• Drug Safety
• Health Economics
• Medical Sciences
• Molecular and Clinical Gastroenterology
• Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology
• Nanomedicine and Biostatistics
• Stem Cells, Tissues and Disease
• Women’s, Children’s and Perinatal Health
Structure of the MRes
in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine:
The twelve month, full-time programme is structured to allow for 3 hours lectures per week whilst the rest of the day is spent in the lab or carrying out other research project related work.
MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine students undertake 3 research projects that comprise of 10 weeks of lab work followed by 2 weeks in which to write a report. Students also present either a poster or talk at the end of every research project. During the project, all students are encouraged to suggest experiments, design experimental protocols, as well as being taught subject specific techniques and advanced knowledge in transferable skills. The research projects will include at least three different research techniques to enhance experimental training skills that need to be clearly stated at the end of each project.
The morning lectures relate to state-of-the-art research techniques, application of knowledge in scientific and clinical areas, and the development of personal and professional transferable skills. Important and innovative parts of the transferable skills students take part in include the following workshops “IP and Commercialization (our own version of Dragon’s Den)”, Demonstrator Training and “Writing a PhD Studentship”, as well as taking part in debates for public understanding of science.
Further information, including current handbook, for the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine programme can be found on our webpage: http://www.liv.ac.uk/translational-medicine/postgraduate/mres/
Bursaries for the MRes
in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine:
For 2016 entry we have 20 bursaries of £2000 each, providing partial funding of the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine programme. For further information and a bursary application form please contact us at [email protected]
For students considering continuing on to a PhD, the Institute offers full and part funded competitive PhD studentships for those who successfully complete the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine. All MRes students will be contacted about these studentships.
can be made here: http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/
. You should apply for the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine and indicate in your application that you would like to join the Molecular and Clinical Gastroenterology strand.
6. Information about the
Department of Gastroenterology
The Department of Gastroenterology (http://www.liv.ac.uk/gastroenterology
) provides excellent opportunities for laboratory and clinical research focusing on the pathogenesis of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in humans and animals. The high quality of our research was specifically commented on in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Our focus is on “translational” research that will take advances in basic medical research out of the laboratory and into the hospital or veterinary clinic ‘from the bench to bedside’ in order to improve the health and welfare of people and animals world-wide.
1st, 2:1 or 2:2 science degree (or international equivalent). The minimum English Language requirement for EU and international applicants is IELTS = 6.5. Intercalating students are welcome to apply.
2016 tuition fees not yet set, please enquire for more information. (Bursaries available)