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Working life: Surgeon and researcher Damian Mole

Damian Mole combines surgery with research. He has just been awarded a prestigious MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship to find out why people who’ve had acute pancreatitis have a shortened lifespan, even after they seem to have fully recovered. Here he tells us about the buzz of surgery, the importance of mentors and relaxing with his jazz band.

Damian Mole in theatre

Career in brief:

  • BMedSc in Cell and Molecular Pathology, University of Birmingham
  • Medicine degree, University of Birmingham
  • PhD on pancreatitis-associated organ failure, Queen’s University of Belfast
  • Clinical Lecturer, Clinician Scientist Fellow, then Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon, MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh
  • MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship

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Simple diagnostic saves lives

Professor of Obstetrics Andrew Shennan at King’s College London has developed a simple diagnostic device to measure blood pressure, pulse and detect shock in pregnant women. He’s now putting it to the test in a large trial across 10 centres in eight countries funded through the Joint Global Research Programme for Women’s and Children’s Health in collaboration with India’s Department of Biotechnology.

Pregnant woman stands in an alleyway with a bike

Photo credit: Meena Kadri under CC BY 2.0

It’s taken 10 years but we finally have it. It’s cheap, it’s easy to use and it could save the lives of thousands of women every year. Read more

Interview day: what’s it like to face a fellowship panel?

Dr Joanne Ng agreed to have a mock Clinical Research Training Fellowship interview filmed to give future applicants the chance to see exactly what it’s like to face the panel. The video below shows you the interview in full in the room where all MRC fellowship interviews take place. Beneath that you can see what the panel made of Joanne’s interview, and her reaction.

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