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Plan to boost number of Scottish cancer research doctors


Cancer Research UK has launched a £6-million fund to boost the number of Scottish doctors involved in cancer research.

CRUK’s Clinical Academic Training Programme Award has been jointly granted to the charity’s research centres in Edinburgh and Glasgow to train early-career clinician scientists, it announced on 12 May.

The initiative follows the publication of a report in July 2018 by the Medical Schools Council, which revealed that there was a 33 per cent decline in the number of clinician scientists who were readers or senior lecturers in Scotland between 2004 and 2017, particularly in senior posts. It also found that across the UK, the proportion of women among the clinician scientist workforce decreased with academic seniority.

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