Research and innovation

Pathologists have a distinguished record of research achievement. Many Fellows contribute to significant advances in medicine. The potential impact of new discoveries can be huge, as exemplified by the 2005 Nobel Prize award for the discovery of Helicobacter pylori to a pathologist, Robin Warren. Pathology and research are inseparable. All the branches of pathology are developing rapidly, bringing greater understanding of the nature of diseases and how to manage them successfully.

Innovation is an important part of working life as pathologists and scientists look for ways in which services can be delivered more effectively and efficiently for the benefit of patients. A lot of innovative practice is not formally recognised, except by local clinicians and patients, but is no less valuable than work that receives national recognition.

Research activities are likely to be more formal and driven by the testing of hypotheses in order to derive new information in a structured way that will inform our understanding of how and why diseases occur and how they can be treated. Whether research projects are small, unfunded series of observations, or national or international collaborations, they help to satisfy the innate curiosity of pathologists and scientists and the desire to improve the health of the public.

The Research Committee coordinates various aspects of research. The College’s academic and research strategy provides a framework within which we can capture the wide range of research activities undertaken by trainees and Fellows and, along with links on this page, describes the opportunities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for engagement in research.