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RESEARCH

The Melanin Medics Research Network

Join the Melanin Medics Research Network to receive tailored information regularly on research opportunities, prizes, and grants (including those from external organisations) and more. 

Improving research engagement and attainment amongst underrepresented groups

The goal of this network is to improve research engagement and attainment amongst medical students and doctors of African and Caribbean heritage. Not only would this increase black representation in medical research, it could also improve patient outcomes, including those from deprived populations and ethnic minorities. The Melanin Medics Research Network is open to all medical students and doctors regardless of their ethnicity or race.

Our Aims

  • To organise national/international collaborative studies that would give medical students and doctors the opportunity to experience high-quality research in action, develop new skills, and gain publications as either collaborators and/or authors.

  • To create a platform for research mentorship where experienced researchers would provide one-to-one support and/or research projects (remotely or face to face) to medical students or doctors of African and Caribbean heritage. 
  • To organise workshops/ seminars that will develop its members’ research skills and knowledge, and educate them on research careers, including the academic clinician pathway. 
  • To provide information regularly on research opportunities, prizes, and grants (including those from external organisations) to the network members.

Our Past Research Project

REMED-UK study was a prospective, national, multi-centre study that will utilise an online questionnaire. 

The aims of the study were:

1. To investigate factors that may affect medical students’ participation and attainment in research in the UK

 

2. To understand perceptions of research, motivation for, and the barriers to research engagement and attainment amongst medical students in the UK. 

 

3. To produce evidence-based reports that will guide UK medical schools and relevant organisations in developing resources and programmes that will increase the number of future academic clinicians and resolve inequalities in research opportunities and attainments amongst future clinicians.

Our Success So Far

We have obtained:

  • 9 Academic Prizes and awards

  • 23 presentations nationally and internationally

  • 4 Publications

Publications

Inyang D, Madume R, Corriero AC, Sofela A, Osunronbi T. Trends in research grant applications and outcomes among medical students in the United Kingdom: a national self-reported cross-sectional survey. Postgrad Med J. 2023. https://doi.org/10.1093/postmj/qgad113 (Online First)
Adeboye W, Osunronbi T, Faluyi D, et al. Predictors of self-reported research engagement and academic- career interest amongst medical students in the United Kingdom: a national cross-sectional
survey. Postgrad Med J. 2023; 99(1177):1189-1196. https://doi.org/10.1093/postmj/qgad067
Osunronbi T, Adeboye W, Faluyi D, et al. Predictors of self-reported research productivity amongst medical students in the United Kingdom: a national cross-sectional survey. BMC Med Educ 2023; 23(1):412. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-023-04412-z
Osunronbi T, Adeboye W, Faluyi D, et al. Predictors of self-reported research self-efficacy and perception of research amongst medical students in the United Kingdom: a national cross-sectional survey. Postgrad Med J. 2023;99(1168):69-76. https://doi.org/10.1093/postmj/qgad010

Opportunities

We're Recruiting! Join the Melanin Medics Team
Micro-PRISM: Call for Research Collaborators
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