Research Top Tips Podcast Series

Myelopathy.org teamed up with AO Spine to release a five-part podcast series, Research Top Tips, with the goal of helping and inspiring new entrants to the field of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM) research. Each episode takes a dive into a fundamental concept of scientific research, with leading spine researchers talking us through their recipes for success in their own words. Topics are general and applicable across all fields of medical research, ranging from clinical trial design, patient and public involvement, to strategies for securing that all-important funding.

1) Winning Research Funding

Dr Brian Kwon, Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of British Columbia in Canada, draws on his vast experience of grant writing to share his top tips for success. This is part of a special ‘Research Top Tips’ series, from Myelopathy Matters (Myelopathy.org) and AO Spine RECODE-DCM, as they work together to accelerate knowledge discovery that can change outcomes in DCM.

2) Clinical Trials: Concept, Design and Execution

Dr Michael Fehlings, Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, draws on his extensive clinical trial experience, to share what he thinks ensures success; from the design, to the conduct and its implementation. This is part of a special ‘Research Top Tips’ series, from Myelopathy Matters (Myelopathy.org) and AO Spine RECODE-DCM, as they work together to accelerate knowledge discovery that can change outcomes in DCM.

3) Transitions in Career Pathways

In today’s episode we hear from spine surgeon Dr Jamie Wilson on his transition from clinical neurosurgical resident in the UK to Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre, USA: what motivated the change and how he went about it. This is part of a special ‘Research Top Tips’ series, from Myelopathy Matters (Myelopathy.org) and AO Spine RECODE-DCM, as they work together to accelerate knowledge discovery that can change outcomes in DCM.

4) Combining Academic and Clinical Practice

Dr Shekar Kurpad, Professor of Neurological Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, talks to Ben Davies about time-management, humility and mentorship – his recipe for success in a dual clinical and academic practice. This is part of a special ‘Research Top Tips’ series, from Myelopathy Matters (Myelopathy.org) and AO Spine RECODE-DCM, as they work together to accelerate knowledge discovery that can change outcomes in DCM.

5) Public and Patient Involvement

Dr Mark Kotter, surgeon scientist at the University of Cambridge, shares the journey of his personal recognition of the importance of involving patients in research design and conduct; and Toto Gronlund, from the James Lind Alliance, reinforces the value of bringing the different stakeholders together in Priority-Setting Partnerships. This is part of a special ‘Research Top Tips’ series, from Myelopathy Matters (Myelopathy.org) and AO Spine RECODE-DCM, as they work together to accelerate knowledge discovery that can change outcomes in DCM.