Inspiring students create third issue of health research journal

A team including members from the University’s Faculty of Health has overseen the successful publication of the third INSPIRE Student Health Sciences Research Journal

Created by and for medical, dental and veterinary students, INSPIRE provides a platform for them to present their work.

This year, a new team of ten student editors from the Universities of Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter came together to create the journal, which showcases articles including reviews, interviews, case studies and original research written by students across the United Kingdom.

This third issue of INSPIRE showcases the amazing work students have done and continue to do throughout this difficult year. It hopes to encourage student doctors, dentists and vets to carry on during this uncertain time, highlighting the importance of their work.

The new issue of the journal is available online on the newly developed INSPIRE journal website. It contains articles on virus eradication, folic acid use in pregnancy, whether there is a ‘glass ceiling’ barrier to career advancement for women in science, and ‘spermageddon’, among other subjects.

Third year dentistry student Weronika Nasterska is a Senior Editor in the team. In previous years, she has completed an INSPIRE-funded summer studentship, and attended conferences organised by the project.

She said:

"This was my first experience of working ‘behind the scenes’ of publishing a journal. I was lucky to be part of a remarkable team of students with different backgrounds and areas of expertise, each bringing in unique ideas.

“The quality of the submissions we received certainly reflects the enthusiasm and determination that goes into student-led research. I am proud and grateful to take part in creating a platform to display this and I am very excited to finally share it.”

Another Senior Editor Viktoria Kaminskaite, a fourth year medical student from University of Exeter added:

“My time at the INSPIRE Journal has been excellent and I will definitely miss being a part of the team. This opportunity allowed me to delve deeper into and learn more about the editorial process.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all authors, reading their submissions, and nurturing their work into articles that you will have the pleasure of reading in this issue.”

Due to the overwhelming response from student authors, for the first time since the journal started in 2016, there will be a second issue this year, due to be released in October.

INSPIRE is a national programme funded by the Wellcome Trust via the Academy of Medical Sciences to inspire medical, dental and veterinary students to be involved in research, nurturing the clinical scientists of the future. Find out more about INSPIRE.

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