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Taking 100.000 lives per year in the UK

Do you know who is the infamous killer from the title?
Lung cancer? No
Breast cancer? No
All of them combined? No, its sudden cardiac arrest.

Watch a short documentary about the massive loss of life in the UK due to sudden cardiac arrest and ways that the death rate can be dramatically reduced.

Help the goal to place 500 public access AEDs across the UK.

Learn and perform better quality CPR with our CPR PRO mobile app.
Learn how AEDs work and practice using these lifesaving machines with our AED Trainer app.

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Podcast: Bringing CPR into schools

A week ago, Resuscitation Council UK, together with the British Heart Foundation and the famous football player Fabrice Muamba, presented a 100,000-signature petition to Downing Street in order to make CPR mandatory part of school curriculum in the United Kingdom.

European Resuscitation Council spoke with Dr. Andrew Lockey, representative of Resuscitation Council, about their efforts to increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest in the UK by educating thousands of school children.

To find out how you can help, visit the BHF website.
Read one of my older posts, to learn what happened to Fabrice Muamba.

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Science Museum London

If you happen to find yourself in London, be sure to visit the Science Museum. It is great for anybody who loves science in general, but also for those interested in medicine. There are a lot of things to see regarding medicine scattered around the vast spaces of this museum. On the ground floor you will find the exhibition entitled “Making the Modern World” which features many inventions that shaped our world as we know it. Among these exhibits there are a lot of medical devices like the first CT and MRI scanners or ECG machine. Further along, on the third floor there is the “Health Matters” exhibition, “Glimpses of Medical History” is on the fourth floor, and finally “The Science and Art of Medicine” exhibition is on the fifth floor. Museum of Science in London is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00 and it offers free admission to all visitors. It is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, and can be easily reached using the public transport.

Take a look at some photos from Science Museum in my gallery.

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PubSearch for Pubs

In my recent post about the possible use of iPhone by medical doctors, I mentioned PubSearch. PubSearch is an application which allows you to search for scientific articles in the PubMed database on your iPhone. It seams that this was not obvious to some people, or it actually was. Hence this funny review from the UK iTunes store.


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Resources for finding a PhD position in medical sciences

I have been trying to find a suitable PhD position, preferably in European Union or North America, for the last three months. Until today I had no luck, but I am not complaining because medical research is a highly competitive field and three months are rarely enough to get a fantastic position.
However, what I did manage to do during this period is to find, try and evaluate numerous websites designed to help you find research positions (PhD, post doc or anything else). I am bringing you a little review of these websites enriched by my own observations and some tips on how to use them in the most efficient manner. There are also other resources you can find and use, but I believe the ones presented here will get you off on a good start. I wish you luck in finding your dream position.

If by any chance you are an employer looking for a PhD student with MD degree, be sure to take a look at my CV.

Resources are listed in alphabetical order.

The Dutch Academic Career Network

Academic Transfer
AcademicTransfer is a website for finding academic positions in the Netherlands. Don’t worry, they also have an english version of their site. 

The good thing: up to date listings of academic positions in the Netherlands, good search engine, email newsletter with latest vacancies, various RSS feeds (by job discipline, job type and specific organization)

The bad thing: includes only positions in the Netherlands (although sometimes they list some positions from other countries) 

Tips: Go to their extended search where an interface designed in Flash will appear, allowing you to tweak your search query to the last detail. Also, subscribe to their RSS feeds. 



Career.edu is a job board for the international research and academic community. It is used by scientists at over 600 institutions in 38 countries.

The good thing: allows you to register, submit your CV, save jobs you like, create email job alerts

The bad thing: small number of jobs, no advance search, no RSS feed, email alerts not specific enough

Tips: Visit from time to time, as you may find jobs not listed elswhere

EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal

EMBO Mobility

EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal essentially provides a list of international PhD programs in life sciences. It also includes links for grants, courses and events.

The good thing: lots of high quality jobs

The bad thing: this is essentially just a list, don’t expect advance search, lot of listed jobs already expired, no email newsletter and RSS feeds for jobs

Tips: Worth visiting because sometimes you can find positions not listed elsewhere, although you can get very frustrated when you realize deadlines for lots of listed jobs have expired a long time ago.

The European Researcher’s Mobility Portal

EU mobility portal

The European Researcher’s Mobility Portal is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the 34 countries participating in the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research. It stores research jobs in the EU, but also has a list of fellowships and grants.

The good thing: at one place you can find jobs from 34 countries and some useful practical info about each participating country

The bad thing: one would expect more PhD vacancies, no email newsletter, no RSS feeds

Tips: No email newsletter and RSS feeds means that you will just have to visit this site regularly. Go to advance search, enter PhD into a free text field, select your main research fields and other options, and then search.


Find a phd

FindAPhD is a large database of worldwide PhD positions, but I have noticed that most of the included jobs are from the United Kingdom. This makes it somewhat redundant to Jobs.ac.uk site. They also provide databases for master courses, postdoc positions and other academic jobs.

The good thing: lots of jobs, funding flags assigned to each position providing you with a quick funding information (self funded, only UK students, international students, etc.)

The bad thing: no email newsletter, no RSS feeds, lots of jobs have no deadlines (applications accepted all year round), but when you contact employers you will find that some of them are already taken, sometimes no contact information is provided, so you have to send enquires to the employer through FindAPhD site, form designed to do that does not allow for your attached CV to be larger than 150 KB

Tips: No email newsletter and RSS feeds means regular visits to the site. Use advance search and select research fields of interest. When search results return sort them by funding type, so you don’t read about those you can’t apply to.


Jobs UK

Jobs.ac.uk will find you jobs in research, science, academic and related professions. Although this site lists some jobs in other countries, it primarily exist to help you find a job in the United Kingdom.

The good thing: frequently updated with many jobs from the UK, probably the best source of academic jobs in the UK, email newsletter, RSS feeds, career advice, podcasts, blogs

The bad thing: email newsletter and RSS feeds are general, and there is no way to receive only the jobs you prefer

Tips: Subscribe to Health & Medical category either by email newsletter or RSS feed. When new jobs arrive to your inbox you will have to do a little bit of work by yourself, to scan through all of them and find PhD studentships.


Nature jobs
Naturejobs is a part of a Nature publishing group, publisher of Nature (the world’s foremost weekly scientific journal), web portal. It is much more than a mere database for research jobs, as here you can find career podcasts and vodcast, news, magazines, advice etc.

The good thing: daily updated directory of numerous prestigious research positions from across the globe, lot of jobs, tags assigned to each job, RSS feeds, additional services offered to job posters, extra content like career advice

The bad thing: to receive email alerts you need to register

Tips: You can look for jobs by opening a category, for example studentships, or you can use their advance search to really pin point jobs you are looking for. Their RSS feed service is excellent. You can transform any search query into a feed.


International Scholarships

Scholarship-Position.com is an international scholarships and financial aid website. Their scholarship database is developed by international students in order to help fellow students.

The good thing: a substantial number of PhD scholarships from around the World, lot of jobs not listed elsewhere, email newsletter, RSS feed, forum, comments 

The bad thing: many old, expired studentships, no advance search, no specific email newsletters and RSS feeds

Tips: Worth visiting because sometimes you can find positions not listed elsewhere, although you can get very frustrated when you realize deadlines for lots of listed studentships have expired a long time ago.

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