NHLI Clinical Research Fellows
Why carry out research?
There are many reasons why you would wish to undertake a research degree. In the first instance, it will improve your understanding of scientific research and ability to interpret therapeutic advancements with critical acumen.
A research degree will improve your skill base, advance your career, increase your confidence and enable you to communicate better with your clinical and basic science colleagues.
I always considered myself a clinician and was reluctant to delay clinical training by spending time in research. However, I learned what evidence based medicine is from the inside. I was able to maintain a clinical role, both on the wards and in theatre, throughout my time in research.
It will provide you with an out-of-training experience and an opportunity for intellectual stimulation that is distinct from that provided by routine clinical duties. You will be pushed as hard or harder, but in very different ways.
However, and most importantly, it will provide you with a great sense of personal academic achievement, while advancing the state of medical knowledge and shaping future improvements in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart or respiratory disease.
If you’ve always wanted to undertake research, wish to make new discoveries or bring current innovations closer to the bedside, fulfil a research role within your clinical work, or simply require further information, please contact us.
What support can you expect?
NHLI is dedicated to providing you with total support in finding a suitable degree supervisor, a project in the scientific area of your interest and funding to undertake your period of study.
NHLI employs research managers who will help you and your chosen supervisors to apply to funding bodies for fellowships. Examples of suitable funding bodies include:
- Medical Research Council
- British Heart Foundation
- National Institute of Health Research
- Asthma UK
- The Wellcome Trust
- British Lung Foundation
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Imperial and NHLI also offer many funded clinical research fellow posts each year across its many areas of scientific interests.
As a postgraduate research fellow, you will be joining an institute that prides itself in the outstanding support and supervision of its research students, which has culminated in a predicted 88 per cent submission rate within four years for both full time students and clinical research fellows. NHLI benefits from a thriving postgraduate community of more than 180 students currently enrolled for research degrees.
My research time and experiences at NHLI reinforced my aspiration to pursue clinical academia. The abstracts, papers and prizes that resulted from my research made my career progression easier, and to some extent meant that during my clinical training there was less pressure to produce abstracts and papers.
Each fellow benefits from dual supervision as well as independent mentorship. All postgraduate students are part of the Imperial Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine (GSLSM) which provides generic (non-research specific) and transferable skills training for postgraduates. This training is designed to dovetail with the subject-specific and generic research training provided by the research group.
NHLI runs many journal clubs, seminars, lectures and specific symposia as well as research afternoons dedicated to career development, fostering collaborations and scientific exchange.
Finally, our success in training can be exemplified by the high achievements of our fellows with many outstanding prizes won over the years including poster and young investigator prizes at the British Society of Echocardiography, The Society of Thoracic Radiology, European Council for Cardiovascular Research, the Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology conference, British Cardiovascular Society, Artery, British Hypertension Society and International Society for Heart Research meetings, as well as the Encysive-sponsored Endothelin Young Scientist Award, to name but a few.
Past fellows have progressed to successful consultant and clinical academic positions within Imperial, its associated hospitals and throughout the world.