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
Pathways to postgraduate research
Research Committee and minutes
2013 Research Medal Winners Announced
The winners of the 2013 Research Medal were announced at the November 2013 meeting of the College Council. Each year, Specialty Research Medals are awarded for outstanding research work undertaken by pathologists or scientists in training, one of which receives the Gold Medal accolade. The 2013 Gold Medal winner, Dr Simon Paine, represents one of the College's smaller specialties. All winners of the 2013 medal are to receive their awards at the College's 'New Fellows Ceremony' on Thursday, 27 March 2014.
April 2014 will mark the launch of the next awards
Application closing date for 2013 will be Monday 7th July 2014. Any papers accepted for publication between Monday, 1 July 2013 and Monday 30 June 2014 are considered eligible for the 2014 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.
2012 Research Medals Awarded at College during April 2013 New Fellows Ceremony
Winning applicants from 2012 received their awards from Royal College of Pathologists' President, Dr Archie Prentice, at the 28 March 2013 New Fellows Ceremony.
The Research Committee eReview, 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.