May 27, 2024

BMJ’s e-learning programme set to strengthen brain trauma research

Research to Publication will help clinicians develop skills to tackle the global burden of traumatic brain injury

BMJ’s e-learning programme Research to Publication is being made available to doctors training in neurotrauma to help strengthen and build research capacity in this important field.

The trainees are based at 13 institutions in the UK and in low and middle income countries, including Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Africa, and Tanzania.

Research to Publication will be available for three years as part of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma, established at the University of Cambridge to improve the care of patients with traumatic brain injury in low and middle income countries.

Over 3,400 people die on the world’s roads every day and approximately half of these deaths are a result of traumatic brain injury. Despite major gains in the management of traumatic brain injury in the UK and other high income countries, there is an urgent need to address the increasing burden in low and middle income countries.

Research to Publication has been developed by BMJ and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to provide self-study online modules for doctors and healthcare researchers to develop their research skills and become published authors.

It draws on the expertise of The BMJ’s research editors, and UCSF’s researchers and educators, and guides learners all the way from designing a study, to seeing it published successfully.

The comprehensive range of 48 online modules are focused entirely on clinical and public health research and are taught through a combination of narrated slides, videos and exercises.

Dr Trish Groves, editor in chief of BMJ Open, says: “BMJ’s vision is to help make a healthier world and we know we can better realise this by working with excellent partners who share that vision. The Global Health Research Group is the perfect example, and we look forward to empowering these young clinicians to build their research skills and ultimately deliver better healthcare, particularly in developing countries.”

She adds: “We hope this work will help countries to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.6: By 2020 halve number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.”