Past Events

A listing of our past events, for a flavour of what CiRN can offer, our future events are listed on our home page.


Career Morning with Carnegie Professor Connie Weyand

Date: 30 March 2017

Time: 10:00-11:30am (networking lunch 11:30-12:00)


What does a modern research histology service offer?

Date: 22 March 2017


A Clinicians guide to begin using R

Date: 8 February 2017







How to get into the Research Club?

Date: 1 December 2016 (Thursday)


Clinicians in Research Network (CiRN) Inaugural Meeting

Date: 12 August 2016 (Friday)

Time: 12-5pm

Venue: Teaching and Learning Centre, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), 1345 Govan Rd, Govan, Glasgow G51 4TF

This meeting is valuable for all clinicians interested in research. It is particularly relevant to clinically-trained early career researchers (ECRs):

  • Doctors-in-training who are looking for research opportunities
  • Clinical research fellows who are undertaking full-time research (e.g. MD/PhD students)
  • Early post-doctoral clinical researchers

A poster prize (a certificate and 50-pound Amazon Voucher) will be awarded for the best poster presented at this meeting.


            This meeting provides a unique opportunity to network with others clinically-trained ECRs and informal discussions with senior clinical academics attending this meeting. We have scheduled ample time to allow interactions- please make use of this opportunity.

The first half of the meeting explores the power of linking national datasets in healthcare research (health informatics). The second half of the meeting consists of interactive discussions about how to remain research-conscious throughout our careers.

Meeting schedule

1200-1300 Registration, poster viewing and networking lunch
1300-1310 Opening remarks
1310-1345 How to unlock the power of population databases? 

·         Dr. Mairead Black

SCREDS clinical lecturer, University of Aberdeen

1345-1420 How to work with electronic Data Research and Innovation Service (eDRIS)?

·         Ms. Carol Morris.

Information Consultant, eDRIS Team, Information Services Division (NHS National Services Scotland), Farr Institute Scotland, Edinburgh

1420-1430 Joint Q&A session
1430-1510 Poster viewing, refreshments and networking

& Annual General Meeting of CiRN organising committee

1510-1550 Is it possible to achieve work-life balance as clinicians in research?

·         Chaired by Dr. Chris Halsey

Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Glasgow

1550-1630 How to get into research and remain research active?

·         Chaired by Prof. Iain McNeish

Chair of the Clinical Academic Training Advisory Committee, University of Glasgow



Poster prize giving, networking, wine and canapés

(Doors close at 8pm)

How to maximise impact of our research?


Date: 17 February (Wednesday)

Time: 1200-1330

Venue: Lecture Theatre, the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (BICR)

Speaker: Prof. Nicol Keith, Director of Research Impact, Institute of Cancer Sciences (ICS, Glasgow)

Synopsis: What is research impact? How do we measure and maximise our research impact? This lunchtime forum will not only try to tackle these questions, but also show you data collated in the ICS that you have not seen before.


How to get the most out of your clinical fellowship? Perspectives from a principal investigator.

Date: 25 February 2015 (Wednesday)

Time: 1200-1330

Venue: Level 4 meeting room, the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (BICR)

Speaker: Prof. Iain McNeish

Synopsis: From the point of view of a principal investigator, what are the most important goals of a clinical fellowship? In addition, Prof. McNeish will also talk briefly about how to set realistic goals, to find available support and potential sources of doctoral and post-doctoral research funding. Finally, a brief overview of the structures of Clinical Studies Group (CSG) and National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) will be explained.


How to write a successful grant application?

Date: 29 April 2015 (Wednesday)

Time: 1200-1330

Venue: Auditorium, the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (BICR)

Speaker: Prof. Gerard (Gerry) Graham


Prof. Graham is a Professor of Molecular and Structural Immunology at the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and was awarded the prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2014. His laboratory has a long-standing standing interest in chemokines and their receptors and has been working in this field for more than 18 years. He is the principal investigators of a portfolio of active grants ( In addition, Prof. Graham also holds a Post-Graduate Secondary Teaching Diploma with continual interests in public engagement and encouraging young people to consider STEM careers. With his vast experience in research and engagement, Prof. Graham will speak about successful grant writing.


Translational research in pancreatic cancer & surviving surgical clinical scientist training in different continents

Date: 15 July 2015 (Wednesday)

Time: 1200-1330

Venue: Boardroom, the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (BICR)

Speaker: Dr. David Chang

Synopsis: David has survived clinical academic training as a surgeon in Australia while forging his way in translating genomic research findings to patients with pancreatic cancer. In this unique forum, he will speak on both of these themes and provide an opportunity for questions.


All things CRISPR- a brief introduction to the CRISPR-Cas9 System

Date: 9 September 2015 (Wednesday)

Time: 1200-1330

Venue: Boardroom, the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (BICR)

Speaker: David Stevenson & Josephine Walton

Synopsis: David has helped Josephine developing the new ID8-p53 null murine ovarian cancer model at the McNeish lab. David will introduce us to the basics of the CRISPR-Cas9 system and Josephine will illustrate a practical example through her work.

Overcoming the hurdles of getting primary patient samples

Date: 21 October 2015 (Wednesday)

Time: 1200-1330

Venue: Boardroom, the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (BICR)

Speaker: Dr. Darren Ennis

Synopsis: Darren has worked for a number of multidisciplinary research teams in England and Scotland organising workflow for primary human tissue procurement. He will share his insights and tips on getting access to these important resources.



Using murine models in research- the basics

Date: 29 June 2016 (Wednesday)

Time: 1130-1330 

Venue: Auditorium, the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (BICR)

Speaker: Dr. Karen Blyth, Head of the Transgenic Models Lab


Dr. Karen Blyth will demystify the most commonly used techniques and terminologies in murine model systems during this lunchtime forum.