EPSRC & MRC Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science Centre for Doctoral Training: Responsible and Reproducible Research
Welcome to the new EPSRC & MRC Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science Centre for Doctoral Training: Responsible and Reproducible Research, or SABS:R3 for short.
We train doctoral students in cutting-edge, systems approaches to biomedical research — and, uniquely within the UK, also in advanced practices in software engineering. Our goal is to bring about a transformation of the research culture in computational biomedical science.
Computational methods are now at the heart of biomedical research. From the simulation of the behaviour of complex systems, through the design and automation of laboratory experiments, to the analysis of both small and large-scale data, well-engineered software has proved capable of transforming biomedical science.
SABS:R3 builds on the internationally leading track record of innovative, interdisciplinary scientific training already established by our existing EPSRC & MRC Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science (SABS) CDT programme. The EPSRC SABS Industrial Doctoral Centre (IDC) was established in 2009 as an open innovation partnership between researchers at the University of Oxford and 13 organisations from across the pharmaceutical and biomedical technologies sectors. In its second incarnation, the EPSRC & MRC SABS CDT has grown now to 22 industrial and non-profit partners.
Hear from our students, industrialists, and academics about the SABS programme in this video:
The new EPSRC & MRC SABS:R3 CDT builds on the existing SABS Programme, to equip a new generation of researchers with not only the knowledge and methods necessary to undertake quantitative and interdisciplinary biomedical research, but also advanced software engineering skills. By embedding this strong focus on sustainable and open computational methods, together with responsible and reproducible approaches into all aspects of the new programme, our computationally-literate scientists will be equipped to act as ambassadors to bring about a transformation of biomedical research.
Today was the last day of the UNIQ+ Summer School—the University of Oxford's first ever postgraduate access programme. The 33 UNIQ+ Students gathered in the morning in the Mathematical Institute, and gave excellent summaries of their research projects, including the six SABS UNIQ+ Students who spent their first two weeks learning about best practices in software engineering. UNIQ+ is an initiative of SABS R³, and we thank one of our industrial partners, Roche, for their support.
Wednesday, 3 July, 2019
The first UNIQ+ Students were taken on a tour of New College, Oxford, before their first UNIQ+ Dinner. They were welcomed by the Warden of New College, and the Vice-Chancellor, Louise Richardson.
The SABS R3 CDT has launched UNIQ+, a pilot six-week Summer School for talented individuals who would find continuing into postgraduate study a challenge, because of socio-economic or financial circumstances. The programme, designed to give the chance to experience what postgraduate study is like at the University of Oxford, will run 1 July to 9 August 2019, and is currently limited to subjects in medical, biological, mathematical, and physical sciences.
The deadline for applications to the UNIQ+ programme is 12 noon on Monday, 29 April 2019, and you can find out how to apply here.