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How do you choose a research theme?

Your choice of research theme is likely to be affected by exposure to research-active individuals, who offer inspiration as well as real opportunities to get involved with research. For anything more than a brief project, it is important to think carefully about the type & style of research and it is good to choose a topic that will hold your interest, especially if you want to do a higher degree.
  • Dermatology lends itself to a range of different research techniques, ranging from laboratory bench-work and systematic reviews to population-based studies and clinical research
  • If you are training in a research-active department it may make sense for you to develop an overlapping research interest; if this is not the case, then you will need to develop links with researchers elsewhere
  • You might consider learning a particular laboratory technique abroad or even do your higher degree outside of the UK
  • You may choose to work with dermatologists or develop a research theme based on a collaboration with another specialty, eg genetics, haematology or immunology
  • There are also a number of dermatology society meetings that provide good opportunities to hear about current research and meet with national and international researchers:
BAD: British Association of Dermatologists’ Annual meeting – clinical and clinical science research
BSID: British Society of Investigative Dermatology Annual meeting – small friendly meeting, with a high standard of clinical / basic science research
EADV: European Academy of Dermato-Venereology Annual Meeting – large European meeting, much more clinically orientated than the ESDR annual meeting
ESDR: European Society of Dermatological Research Annual Meeting – similar to the BSID meeting but on a larger scale
SID: Society for Investigative Dermatology – large international meeting held in the USA, high standard of clinical and science research
  • There are also various opportunities for research training where you can obtain experience in techniques applicable to dermatology:
BEES summer school (writing papers) 
THESIS/BAD/BSID Research Course 
UK Research Techniques Meeting 
UK Research Techniques Meeting
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