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NIHR Experimental Medicine Training Camp 2012

Gill Cluckie receiving prize for the 'Best Lay Summary', presented by Dr. Louise Wood.

Gill Cluckie receiving prize for the 'Best Lay Summary', presented by Dr. Louise Wood

The third NIHR Experimental Medicine Research Training Camp took place on 4-6th July 2012. 70 PhD students from Biomedical Research Centres, Biomedical Research Units and Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care attended, each of whom submitted an abstract about their research work.

 35 of these were selected for presentation and seven won prizes. Gillian Cluckie, BRC PhD trainee, won a prize for the 'Best Lay Summary', presented by Dr. Louise Wood, Head of Research Infrastructure and Growth, Department of Health.  This is the first year NIHR has offered this prize.  It was judged by a lay advisory panel; Professor Jim Neilson (Dean of NIHR Trainees), Dr. Denise Best (Academic Careers Manager at Oxford BRU), Margaret Hall and Isobel Boyer (NIHR lay advisors).

Gillian said “I was pleased to win this prize, both to allow me to share my research findings with fellow doctoral students, and also to be able to share my findings with patients, carers and the general public in a way that is understandable and meaningful for them. Given that my study involved a whole range of patients, carers and clinicians, it's important that I am able to articulate my findings to a diverse group of people.” 

 This year’s focus was 'The Art of Communicating your Science'. Gillian’s poster was titled 'Patients don't want more information: patient's views of the communication of thrombolysis risks and benefits'. The lay advisory panel viewed the posters and provided advice and support for the students throughout the training camp.

 The trainees also worked in multi-disciplinary groups to create a communication strategy for a fictitious piece of research including creating press releases and working with the lay advisory panel.

Posted on Friday 20th July 2012