£1m of research grants set to save lives

The RCSEd is the oldest surgical corporation in the world , Image: Google

A NEW report reveals that £1m of research grants have been awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The grants will play a key role in saving lives and improving treatments for patients.

The College’s Research Report 2016-2018 revealed that grants to the sum of £996,164 had been awarded by the Research and Grants Committee.

It details a range of grants into research areas such as cancer, orthopaedic surgery and urology.

The RCSEd is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world and can trace it’s roots back to 1505.

The college embeds research as a key part of surgical training and has research partnerships and links with some of the UK’s leading medical research charities.

The former president encouraged working with other research bodies

Past-President Michael Lavelle-Jones, whose period of office covered the report, said: “The future of our research programme is exciting.

“We are looking forward to working with major medical research charities to grow surgical research from the periphery and place it at the heart of medical research agendas nationwide.

“This innovative approach to working together is in all our interests and will leave a lasting legacy of treatments that will transform lives.”

Professor Stephen Wigmore, Chair of the RCSEd Research Committee added: “Supporting high quality surgical research is essential if we are to make progress in our quest to provide better treatment for our patients.

Stephen Wigmore is the current RCSEd chair

“We are committed to delivering results that will ultimately improve and save lives.

RCSEd recently launched a website featuring true accounts of Burke and Hare, and other gruesome medical history tales which had never before been released online.

Users of the medical database will be able to delve into the true stories of grave robbers

The site includes historic notebooks available in full, including the memoirs of Thomas Hume, which offer an account of an Edinburgh student who was close friends with the assistants of the notorious anatomist Dr Robert Knox.

The Burke and Hare murders were a series of 16 killings committed over a period of about ten months in Edinburgh in 1828. They were undertaken by William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses to Robert Knox for dissection at his anatomy lectures.