Translational Research Training Fellowships

The PBRU has appointed five Translational Research Training Fellowships (4 funded by the PBRU and one funded by the PBRU in conjunction with the Liverpool BRC) for Doctors who wish to undertake translational, patient-based research in pancreatic digestive diseases and pursue an academic career.

The PBRU Executive and Scientific Directors (Professor Robert Sutton and Professor John Neoptolemos) represent Integrated Academic Training in Surgery within Merseyside; it is planned that with the Liverpool BRC, a recently established Masters in Research Programme will be widened across the Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool (UoL). The Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine, at the UoL has been awarded 10 MRes training places through the NIHR Clinical Academic Training Pathway for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals.

Specialist Research Nurses

The PBRU also supports Specialist Research Nursing Staff and NHS Nurses interested in translational research to pursue MRes and other post-graduate research degrees. The PBRU is negotiating with the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust (RLBUHT) to develop secondments of Nursing Staff in the PBRU to undertake clinical research. The PBRU has also arranged Good Clinical Practice training for all staff, using the NIHR training facilities.

Science without Borders 


We have particiated in the Science without Borders scheme with students from Brazil working in the PBRU as part of sandwich programmes at the University of Liverpool.  This programme enables Brazilian students to receive scholarships for one-year undergraduate sandwich programmes, full research PhDs, sandwich PhDs and exchange at postdoctoral research level.

Please see link to the University of Liverpool website.

6th Form Students and Work Experience

The PBRU have and will continue to engage with local schools to provide sixth formers with work experience and introductory projects in experimental medicine, set within the context of discipline-based clinical and/or laboratory medicine.  This is aimed at students wishing to follow a career in Medicine or Lab-based Science. 

We take part in the annual CRF open day at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, which allows the public and 6th form students to come in to the Clinical Research Facility to see how trials are undertaken.

We also offer one place per year for the  Nuffield Science Scheme placements for Year 12 pupils each summer, matching these with project supervisors to gain an introduction to a research project.

Summer 2011, Kirtana Vallabhaneni came through the Nuffield scheme and worked with Dr Eithne Costello and her team through the University of Liverpool and PBRU.  She beat 360 other hopefuls to be named the UK's Young Scientist of the Year, working on a research project that aimed to identifying the harmful cells that cause pancreatic cancer.   You can read more about Kirtana's award via the BBC News website at