Pathology has a distinguished record of research. Many Fellows contribute to significant advances in medicine. The potential impact of new discoveries can be huge, as exemplified by the 2005 Nobel Prize award for the discovery of Helicobacter Pylori to a pathologist, Robin Warren. Pathology and research are inseparably linked. All the branches are developing rapidly, bringing greater understanding of disease and how to manage it more successfully.
A good understanding of science is a pre-requisite for practising pathology and this can be derived most effectively through research. A research culture engenders a healthy inquisitive atmosphere within individuals and departments.
Research can be undertaken at a variety of levels; each is important. The vast majority of pathologists will publish work at some time in their career. For many, this will be observations made in the course of their clinical work, others will decide that part of their time will be set aside for undertaking research projects or supervising more junior staff to undertake the leading role. In teaching hospitals, individuals employed by the NHS may have substantial research activities and be widely recognised for their skills. In universities, academics usually combine clinical work and basic, translational or clinical research: some, however, choose to become full-time researchers. By comparison, research in industry is focussed on company priorities and tends to take place in larger teams. Nonetheless, it too, can be groundbreaking and developments can make a major contribution to human and animal health.
For all types of research, the impact of even small pieces of work can be very large. Day-to-day observations at the bench can yield important questions, the answers to which may have wider significance.
Research training also improves the quality of professional practice. The new skills gained, combined with a critical mind, enable pathologists to weigh up the evidence base for a particular treatment or approach to diagnosis.
This area of the website is meant to inform and educate and hopefully to stimulate young trainees to consider a research career. Feedback is welcome, as are additional contributions.
Trainee research area
Specialty Research Medals
Pathways to postgraduate research
Research Committee Terms of Reference and minutes
2015 Trainee Research Medal awards - key dates
The closing date for applications for the annual Trainee Research Medals awards will be Monday 6th July 2015. Any papers accepted for publication between Monday, 1 July 2014 and Monday 30 June 2015 are considered eligible for the 2015 submissions.
This award is open to trainees who are first author or first joint author on a single original research paper.
Full details of the current submission process and eligibility criteria are available on the College website and are reviewed each year.
Research Medals Awards in recent years
The 2014 awards were presented by the President of the Royal College of Pathologists, Dr Suzy Lishman, on Thursday 26 March at the New Fellows Ceremony Awards which was held at Trinity House, London E1 - illustrated in the Research Committee e-Review 2015.
2013 medal winners were presented with their awards by College of Pathologists' President, Dr Archie Prentice, at the March 2014 New Fellows Ceremony. On that occasion, the Gold Research Medal Winner was Dr Simon Paine. You can read about his research here. You can also listen to an interview with Dr Paine here.
The 2013 Research Medal Winners feature in the Research Committee e-Review 2014.
The Research Committee Review, May 2012 provides details of the three Silver medallists and features the research story of Gold medallist, Dr Daniel Hodson.
iPath Research Collaborative
UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) - web-based resource signposts UK experimental medicine expertise
The resource acts as an optimum entry point for industry and academic investigators seeking information about experimental medicine facilities in the UK. It contains up-to-date information on available expertise, resources, techniques and technologies in experimental medicine. It will play a vital role in facilitating links between experimental medicine investigators, basic scientists, trialists and industry. It should facilitate in driving innovative ideas from the laboratory to the hospital clinic.