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Welcome to the Cambridge University Students’ Clinical Research Society

CUSCRS is a student-led organisation whose aim is to raise the profile of, and increase accessibility to, academic research. The Society was established in 2009 and awarded a prestigious INSPIRE grant in 2012; funds were matched equally by the University of Cambridge’s Clinical School and CATO, and partially by Athena Swan.

As a direct result of these contributions, CUSCRS now provides a programme of events which add a monthly ‘academic focus’ to the student calendar – both pre-clinical and clinical students are encouraged to attend. These events form part of the Cambridge Academic Apprenticeship (CAA – please see the ‘INSPIRE’ tab for more information); designed to encourage all students to consider an academic career.

The focus begins on the Second Thursday of the month with a Breakfast Journal Club at 8am (Addenbrooke’s) and a Speciality Insight Evening at 6pm (Addenbrooke’s/Central Cambridge). Activities continue to the following day where eminent Clinical Academics present their research at a lunchtime talk (1pm) during the Academic Frontiers Series on the Second Friday (Addenbrooke’s/Central Cambridge).

In addition to this regular trio, the CAA ensures that all inquisitive students are fully supported in gaining early research experience. CUSCRS hosts monthly Research Skills Portfolio Workshops (Fourth Thursday; Addenbrooke’s/Central Cambridge), providing individual students with a research skillset that enables completion of a wide variety of projects. Additionally, for those students successfully completing a body of work there will be opportunities to:

(i)                  present findings at a dedicated local Research Symposium (held annually)

(ii)                to compete for Research Prizes

(iii)               to secure Travel Funds to enable presentation of data at national/international meetings.

CUSCRS is supported by leading Clinical Academics at the University and to date has hosted lectures by a number of world-renowned speakers; Sir Alec Jeffreys, Sir Bruce Ponder, Professor Sir David Weatherall and Professor Sir Roy Calne to name but a few.

Please browse our website for further details and Like our Facebook page to register attendance at individual events.