Founded in 2013 between the Medical Research Societies of Leicester, Nottingham and East Anglia Universities, the conference aims to:

  • Provide a forum for medical students to showcase their research achievements
  • Introduce attending students to some of the UK's top medical researchers
  • Prepare students for careers in academic, research based medicine


On Saturday 9th November 2019, Leicester Medical School is hosting the 7th INSPIRE National Medical Research Conference (INSPIRE NMRC). It’s one of the biggest medical student research conferences in the country, attracting over 200 delegates each year. Formerly known as the East-Midlands Student Research Conference, this annual event has long established itself as a premier hit among Nottingham, UEA and Leicester Medical Schools. And this year we’re having an upgrade. We’re going nationwide.

The theme is ‘Medical Technology of Tomorrow’. The day will be crammed full of highly influential keynote speakers, interactive workshops, and a plethora of opportunities for students to showcase their own research via oral / poster presentations with the chance to win prizes.

Keynote speakers include Prof Khalida Ismail, Prof Mamas Mamas and Prof Liam Grover.

Prof Khalida Ismail


Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at IoPPN at King’s College London and Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital. Lead of the Diabetes and Mental Health Research Group and the Diabetes and Psychiatry clinical service at King’s Health Partners. One of her recent research studies is a feasibility study testing a wearable digital diabetes prevention programme in people at high risk of type 2 diabetes

Prof Mamas Mamas


Professor of Cardiology at Keele University and honorary Professor of Cardiology at the University of Manchester. Clinical lead for research at the Royal Stoke Hospital. Associate editor of Circulation Cardiovascular Interventions and a member of the Heart Research UK medical review panel. Research focus relates around cardiovascular epidemiology and outcomes research using national databases (eg National Institute of Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Dataset).

Prof Liam Grover


Professor of Biomaterials Science, deputy head of Birmingham School of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Healthcare Technologies Institute. Serves on the editorial board of Scientific Reports, Journal of Biomaterial Applications and Advances in Applied Ceramics. His research group TRAILab focuses on the application of material science and chemical engineering to the design of novel technologies for the regeneration of tissues.

Our workshops will be revolving around 3D printing, virtual reality and technology in forensics.  Other sessions will be dedicated to teaching you how to get involved in medical research including an AFP workshop run by recent Leicester graduates who have since joined academic medicine.

In keeping with the theme, we will be implementing innovative uses of technology throughout the day that have never been seen at the INSPIRE NMRC before. We’ll also provide lunch, an evening meal and a social to everyone that attends. The day will be completely free thanks to generous funding from our sponsors.

The 7th INSPIRE National Medical Research Conference is on the horizon and promises to be the best it has ever been.