We are a team of 10 almost entirely clinical-based trainees, with an ambition to increase research engagement and activity amongst paediatric trainees.
We have a consultant mentor - Dr Ben Marlow - who is the director of the Synapse Centre: https://www.synapsecentre.co.uk/.
The CHEERI team lead is Dr Thiloka Ratnaike – a ST4 trainee with a background in academia, who is also the EoE representative for the RCPCH Trainee Research Network: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/rcpch-trainee-research-network.
Our recent efforts, with the support of our Level 2 TPD - Dr Nik Cholidis – have led to the creation of our website: www.cheeri.co.uk, Twitter handle: @CHEERI2022, and purchase of CHEERI merchandise.
We are also establishing our first collaborative research project with Anglia Ruskin University (currently going through ethics approval), while brainstorming ideas for future projects.
Our upcoming goals:
- Merchandise - a CHEERI pen for lucky attendees at face-to-face events
- Develop www.cheeri.co.uk - to have log-in area for access to pre-recorded webinar content
- 'CHEERI Sand Box' - like Dragon's Den but less scary
- A chance to pitch your well-thought–out research ideas during our first hybrid event in Autumn: win a voucher and ability to team-up with a CHEERI mentor to take that idea further
- Senior researchers to pitch their projects to clinical trainees
- Develop speaker-list to bring back Paediatric Pint of Science ‘how to..’ workshops, within CHEERI
- More publishable research projects
Thiloka Ratnaike, Amy Lee, Carla Kantyka, Gemma Wilson, Heba Shawky, Lipi Shekhar, Lizzie Radford, Lydia Seed, Marika Lasokova, Rachana Verma, Ben Marlow