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RCSEd Research Report 2016-2018


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05 Dec 2018

One of the most important investments the College makes is in surgical research. To document this commitment, the College has published its 2016-2018 Research Report.

Chair of the Research Committee, Professor Stephen J Wigmore, commented:

"Supporting research and innovation in surgery is one of the core activities that the College provides to its membership. The Research Committee assesses and awards grants in several key areas, including cancer and non-cancer research, dental surgery, orthopaedic surgery, urology and vasculitis. We are grateful for the continued support and partnership of Royal Blind, which funds ophthalmology grants administered through the Ophthalmology Sub-Committee of the College.

We look forward to developing new initiatives with them over the coming years. The Ophthalmology Sub-Committee is delighted to welcome Mr Mark O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Blind.

Many of the endowments that support the research activities of the College were established a considerable time ago and inflation of salaries and research costs has outstripped the increase in income revenue from investments. Therefore, to fund the Members and Fellows who apply for grants appropriately we must compromise by offering some of our Fellowships less frequently than in the past. The Research Committee believes that this is an important time to look at novel partnerships and new models of funding to try to reinvigorate the College’s research profile. To this end, we are actively pursuing the creation of some new Fellowship funding opportunities, which we hope to announce over the next two years.

In the meantime, our Members and Fellows who are supported through existing funds continue to demonstrate excellence by converting pump priming small-project grants into major Research Council funding and publishing impressive and impactful studies in high-ranking journals.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many partners, trusts and individuals who generously donate to our work. Their vision and commitment to this crucial area of medical research is deeply appreciated by the Research Committee and the College. I would also like to extend my thanks to Mrs Cathy McCartney who coordinates our grants and makes publications like this possible.

I would like to thank the many partners, trusts and individuals who generously donate to our work. Their vision and commitment to this crucial area of medical research is deeply appreciated by the Research Committee and the College.

Like many others, Research Committee members were saddened by the news regarding Professor Ken Fearon, who chaired our Committee for many years and who died tragically not long after the publication of the last Research Report."

> Read the Research Report 2016-2018


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