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17 February 2012
A new society which aims to encourage more Cardiff medical students to take-up research opportunities during their studies and help boost their future career prospects has been officially launched.
Cardiff University Research Society (CUReS) is a society for Cardiff medical students providing a forum where they can gain access to research opportunities, make contact with key University academic medical staff and learn more about future careers in academic medicine and surgery.
CUReS is the brainchild of a team of current Cardiff medical students including Society Co-President and fourth year student, Nick Bullock.
Nick graduated in Medical Sciences with Surgery and Anaesthesia from Imperial College, London in 2011 where, as part of his dissertation, he undertook a research project examining a new technique which could help maintain organs ready for transplant.
"My time at Imperial College London ignited an interest in how, as students, we can combine traditional medical studies with innovative research," according to Nick.
"In my own case, I was able combine my interest in science and career aspirations to become a surgeon by undertaking a research project examining a new technique which could potentially improve outcomes of patients undergoing kidney transplantation.
"When I arrived back in Cardiff, I wanted to share my experience and encourage more medical students to get involved in research. By creating a dedicated Society here in Cardiff we hope to inspire more students to take-up research opportunities to help boost their knowledge and future career prospects," he added.
A key role of CUReS is to encourage students to undertake summer projects, present their research and compete in national competitions and prizes available for medical students.
Professor Paul Morgan, Patron of CUReS, Dean of the School of Medicine and himself a research specialist in Clinical Immunology said: "Research is not just about working in a laboratory, but can involve many different methodologies that suit all skill sets and interests.
"I believe our students have a great deal to contribute in terms of research and that equally, research adds extra depth to their undergraduate medical studies."
CUReS was officially launched on 9th February at an event in the School of Medicine and attended by over 60 medical students and key academic staff.
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