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
2012 Research Medal Winners Announced
Applications received in 2012 from across all the specialties eligible for Research Medals (Clinical Biochemistry; Medical Microbiology and Virology; Histopathology; Haematology and Smaller Specialties) revealed a high level of research skills amongst the College's trainees. The 2012 results were announced at the meeting of the College Council which took place on 15th November 2012. 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 2012 Gold Medal winner, Miss Katherine Hughes, represents one of the College's smaller specialties. All five winners of the 2012 medal are to receive their awards at the College's 'New Fellows Ceremony' on Thursday 28 March. Their achievements are recorded in the Research Committee's e-Review record of December 2012.
April 2013 will mark the launch of the next awards
Application closing date for 2012 was Monday, 9th July 2012. Any papers accepted for publication after Monday 9 July 2012 are considered eligible for the 2013 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.
2011 Research Medals Awarded at College during April 2012 New Fellows Ceremony
Winning applicants from 2011 received their awards from Royal College of Pathologists' President, Dr Archie Prentice, at the 19 April 2012 New Fellows Ceremony. The 2012 Gold Medal winner, Dr Daniel Hodson, was unable to attend the ceremony as he was undertaking further research in the United States. 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.