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.
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.
Join our Research Network Mailing List
Join the Melanin Medics Research Network to receive tailored information regularly on research opportunities, prizes, and grants (including those from external organisations) and more. Medical students and doctors based in the United Kingdom are welcome to join.
Complete our Medical Student Survey
We are collecting data on medical students’ research experience, their perceptions of research, motivation for and the barriers -to their engagement in research.
Our aim to produce evidence-based reports that will guide UK medical schools and relevant organisations in developing resources and programmes that will increase resolve inequalities in research opportunities and engagement amongst current medical students, and hence, future clinicians.
REMED-UK study is a prospective, national, multi-centre study that will utilise an online questionnaire.
The aims of the study are:
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.
Become a regional lead
We are recruiting medical students across UK medical schools as regional leads for the study.
Regional leads are required to
Recruit a minimum of 30 medical students survey respondents from your medical school
Disseminate the online questionnaire amongst their peers, from March to May 2021.
Each regional lead needs to contribute a minimum of 30 respondents to qualify as a PubMed Indexed Collaborator,
The top overall recruiters will be invited onto the main authorship line.
St Georges University of London - University of Buckingham
- Edge Hill University - Lincoln Medical School - University of Sunderland - University of Glasgow
Please contact if you are interested in being a regional lead.