Earlier this month, two of our PhD students, Rebecca and Aisling, attended the NHS Research Scotland Conference 2016. With almost 500 delegates, the theme of this year’s conference was ‘Delivering Research Excellence’, with the day encompassing a number of parallel sessions, alongside addresses from the Chief Scientist for Health in Scotland and Shona Robinson MSP (amongst others). Attendees were also treated to a very interesting and informative keynote lecture from Professor Siddharthan Chandran.
A highlight from the day was hearing about a current project investigating the use of new technology to assist in monitoring patients by the bedside – although in the early stages, it was exciting to hear about the positive way in which such technology could potentially be harnessed in healthcare. Other sessions included a talk on sustainable health and social care services, research into rare diseases and partnerships with patients and the public. The diversity of topics, speakers and perspectives was representative of the innovation and commitment to patient care and quality also demonstrated by the poster presentations and information stands.
The conference really highlighted the breadth of clinical research taking place in Scotland, and the international reach of such research. As new and developing researchers, it was inspiring to hear about the advances being made through clinical research, and about current projects which could, in the longer term, make a real difference to individuals with various health conditions.