The first School of Translational and Experimental Medicine (STEM) in the UK was founded by the BRC in 2012. We have instituted a number of innovative clinical and non-clinical training programmes, many of which have been adopted at other major centres around the UK. A specific recent example of this is the Clinical Bridging Fellowship scheme that was launched in 2013. These provide a unique opportunity for the best clinical academics to prepare advanced fellowship applications to external funding bodies. The annual one year Clinical Training Fellowship Programme that our BRC instituted in 2008 served as the blueprint for the recently launched Francis Crick Clinical Fellowship scheme that is now being rolled out nationally. STEM is one of only two such structures in the world and exists to support multidisciplinary teaching and training at the translational interface.
Specifically, STEM comprises:
- Nine rounds of annual one year Clinical Training Fellowships (CTFs), with a success rate of >90% in securing external peer reviewed fellowships (MRC, WT, CRUK, BHF). 87 CTFs have been trained to date;
- Four rounds of PhD studentships. 76 students have been trained to date;
- Three rounds of allied health professional studentships have been launched with 25 students trained;
- The first intercalated BSc in translational medicine and pharmacology is now fully integrated with the medical school curriculum.
STEM has proven highly successful in achieving these objectives during the 2012-2017 period of funding. To date, our fellows have achieved 189 publications, 60 as first author.
At STEM we have invested in individual career development for researchers at different career stages and on different career paths. We’ve tailored this support to help the career development of our translational scientists.
We believe in supporting scientists in a way which works for them, for example through tailored mentorship, flexible working, or alternative funding paths.
This is what our researchers say about their experience within our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.
The STEM cluster board comprises senior members from our partner NHS Trusts and Health Schools within King’s College London in order to provide integration and mentorship of the training platforms for our clinical and non-clinical trainees.
It has oversight of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre’s Clinical and Research Training Fellowships and PhD Studentships.
Claire Dossi, Research Training Programmes Manager