BMJ’s collaboration with UCSF

The only research programme to combine the expertise of a high impact publisher with a world-class university.

BMJ has collaborated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), one of the world’s leading medical schools and research institutions to train healthcare workers, junior researchers and medical students in conducting and publishing clinical research.

UCSF is a collection of dedicated scientists, clinicians, students and staff who share a common drive to make the world a better place by advancing health and the human condition.

UCSF was the top public recipient of research grants from the US National Institutes of Health for the seventh consecutive year in 2017, and the second-highest recipient among all public and private institutions worldwide.

The concepts and topics in Research to Publication have had plenty of road testing, including more than a decade of outreach, teaching, and workshops run by The BMJ’s editors with researchers in India, China, Africa and the global North as well as 2 decades of development and testing of clinical research training programs at UCSF.

Modules are written and presented by some of the foremost experts from UCSF and BMJ including:


Professor Deborah Grady
Associate Dean of Clinical and Translational Research at UCSF

Deborah Grady, MD, MPH is a physician, clinical trialist and leader in clinical research methodology and women’s health. She is Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Director of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Online Education program, and Director of the UCSF Women’s Health Clinical Research Center.

Dr. Grady is an editor of Designing Clinical Research, a leading textbook in the US on clinical research methods. She directed the CTSI Training Program, which includes didactic and experiential training for professional students, residents, fellows and faculty at UCSF. Dr. Grady has successfully mentored over 40 postgraduate trainees, almost all of whom are highly successful clinical researchers with current academic faculty positions.

Dr. Grady received the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women, the UCSF Clinical Research Mentor of the Year and Lifetime Mentoring awards. Dr. Grady is an international expert on the risks and benefits of postmenopausal hormone therapy and the management of menopausal symptoms.

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Dr Trish Groves
Associate editor, The BMJ, and Editorial consultant

Trish Groves (MBBS, MRCPsych) trained in medicine and psychiatry before going to The BMJ in 1989. She is now Associate editor, The BMJ, and Editorial consultant. Both The BMJ and BMJ Open publish research with open access and open peer review and have policies to facilitate data sharing. Trish is a contributor to various initiatives on clinical trial transparency and reproducibility, including the AllTrials and Open Trials campaigns, the CORBEL-ECRIN project on data sharing, and the ICMJE proposal on clinical trial data sharing.

Her other focus currently is to explore what practical support might be needed to improve capabilities for health research, particularly in emerging economies, through international outreach and initiatives such as BMJ’s eLearning programme for health researchers, Research to Publication.

While at The BMJ Trish has been a part time honorary research fellow at the School for Public Policy, UCL; has contributed to European Science Foundation proposals for revising the EU Clinical Trials Directive and the EU programme for Responsible Research and Innovation; served on the council of the Committee on Publication Ethics and the steering groups of the EQUATOR Network on transparent health research, and the BOLDER (Better Outcomes through Learning from Data and Engaging in Research) Initiative. She has helped to develop research reporting statements including CONSORT 2010 for trials, SPIRIT 2013 for trial protocols, and PRISMA extensions for systematic reviews.

Trish has presented for TV and radio in the UK and for the BBC World Service, and she co-wrote the HarperCollins Consumer’s Guide to Mental Health (1996).

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