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Youngsters Trial Work In Global Medical Research

Medical Research Network (MRN), the largest nursing provider in the clinical trials sector, has supported a group of seven bright youngsters experience an alternative medical career by offering a week-long work placement opportunity at its global headquarters in Milton Keynes.

Seven A-level students from Oundle and Milton Keynes were put through their paces in a structured and challenging work experience placement, aiming to show the intelligent teens an alternative medical career route, post-University graduation.

Dr Graham Wylie, CEO of MRN, said: “Now in its fifth year, our work experience programme gives local youngsters the chance to learn about an alternative medical career that will place them at the forefront of modern medicine. For a lot of our work experience students, this is the first time they’ve had the opportunity to learn about how drugs get to market and the extensive process of designing and conducting clinical trials.

“We hope to support their school education and inspire them in their future careers by demonstrating the broad field in which we work. A degree in medicine does not restrict you to hospital medicine or GP careers, nor does a biomedical degree restrict you to the lab, alternative career paths are available in pharmaceutical medicine or clinical research.”

The talented students took part in mini research projects, working in small teams to design a hypothetical clinical trial, research the best course of treatment for patients and predict outcomes, as well as taking part in workshops and delivering presentations to MRN’s team.

Edmund Sugarman, 17, a pupil studying biology, chemistry, physics and maths in the Sixth Form at Oundle School, Northamptonshire recently completed his work experience with the MRN. He said: “I heard about the placement through a careers programme at school and I’m really glad that I got onto the scheme.

“Graham gave us a talk and I learnt that a skin cream I used when I was younger took almost 13 years to get to market! I had never realised how much effort goes into clinical trials and what a large involvement hospitals have.

“I’m hoping to study pharmacology at University and will definitely consider a career in clinical trials.”

Muhammad Shahbaaz Nadeem Kiani, 17, a pupil studying biology, chemistry, physics and maths in the Sixth Form at Denbigh School, Milton Keynes recently completed his work experience with the MRN. He said: “Once I’ve completed University, I’d like to become a Doctor specialising in cardiology and wanted to take part in MRN’s work experience scheme to understand more about clinical trials. During my work experience placement I’ve gained a totally different perspective of what you can do as a Doctor and really enjoyed learning about MRN’s home trial support model.

“I never realised the complexity of drug safety or how much hospital Doctors are involved in drug development – it’s definitely helped confirm my career choice.”

MRN is the world’s leading provider of home healthcare for patients in clinical trials, specifically aimed at boosting patient recruitment and maximising patient retention.



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