University Societies
Aberdeen Marrow

Aberdeen Medical School

We are Aberdeen Marrow, a pretty special bunch of students that help save the lives of people with blood cancer. We are part of a student network, with over 40 universities across the UK plus another 7 abroad that volunteers for the charity Anthony Nolan. Their vision is, ultimately, to save the lives of everyone who needs a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. In order to help achieve this, Aberdeen Marrow helps find bone marrow and stem cell donors for those in need of a transplant and raise precious funds for the vital work of Anthony Nolan!

Contact: Aberdeen@ukmarrow.org

President: Lesley Arends

URL: facebook.com/aberdeenmarrow

Aberdeen University Wilderness Medicine Society (AUWMS)

Aberdeen Medical School

WMS takes you outdoors, to experience the Scottish countryside in all its glory, rain or shine! In addition to outdoor activities we hold skills sessions, scenario nights, talks and attend national conferences. Wilderness medicine encompasses mountain-top, deepest jungle and urban roadside; basically anywhere you don’t have immediate access to medical facilities. We have an interest in all aspects of pre-hospital and emergency care. Medicine in the wilderness is a totally different experience that requires far more outdoor skill and less medical knowledge. Our society is open to everyone with an interest. You could gain the knowledge to make a difference! To keep up to date with all our events please like our Facebook page “Aberdeen Wilderness Medicine”.

Contact: wildmed@abdn.ac.uk

President: Duncan Ritchie

Aberdeen University Paediatric Society (AUPS)

Aberdeen Medical School

Aberdeen University Paediatrics Society (AUPS) is a group of medical students interested in paediatrics and child health. We hope to encourage others to explore this specialty.

We aim to provide additional learning events to enhance students’ knowledge and broaden their experience in paediatrics. We also fundraise for local children's charities.

Our Paediatric Play Volunteering project enables a limited number of Year 1-3 and intercalating medical students to assist Play Therapists at the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital. Save a Life with AUPS teaches Save a Baby and Child’s Life workshops in the community.

Contact: aupsoc@gmail.com

President: Laura Watson

URL: http://aupsoc.wixsite.com/aups

University of Aberdeen Neurological and Neurosurgical society

Aberdeen Medical School

The University of Aberdeen Neurological and Neurosurgical society is an academic society aiming to promote careers in neurology and neurosurgery. Through holding various workshops, we aim to give students a better knowledge of neuroanatomy and important neurological conditions. As Neurology and Neurosurgery are among the most competitive specialties to pursue, we strive to offer students opportunities to work with doctors and surgeons already in this field. As well as providing a platform for students to gain insight and experience the path to a career in neurosurgery, we intend to provide numerous teaching opportunities in order to supplement their studies. This year we hope to hold a Neurosurgical conference in Aberdeen, where we would like to invite some internationally recognised neurologists and neurosurgeons.

Contact: aberdeenneuro@gmail.com

President: Faizan Shah

Students for Global Health Aberdeen

Aberdeen Medical School

Students for Global Health Aberdeen is a branch of the student network and registered charity formerly known as Medsin, which is an organisation dedicated to tackling global and local health inequalities through education, advocacy and community action. Students for Global Health currently have over 30 branches in universities across the UK, many nationally run activities and several national working groups alongside collaborating with numerous external partner organisations both nationally and internationally.
Our vision: a fair and just world in which equity in health is a reality for all. Because global health truly is a local issue.

Contact: medsinaberdeen@googlemail.com

President: Shahnoor Minhas Amin

Ammalife

Birmingham Medical School

Every 2 minutes, of every day, a mother dies from complications in pregnancy.

99% of these mothers are from the developing world.

Ammalife is an evidence based charity with the aim to save mothers worldwide by reducing the global burden of maternal mortality.

We support the organisation and conduction of ground-breaking research to make childbirth safer e.g. 'Antibiotics in Miscarriage Surgery Trial' as well as 'Combating Global Maternal Sepsis' research. Furthermore, we have a strong partnership with Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi and support multiple clinical officers through their medical training.

Ammalife strives to advocate women's right to respectful and safe childbirth.

Contact: VND366@student.bham.ac.uk

President: Vivian Do

University of Birmingham Medical School Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Neonatology and Gynaecology Society (PONGsoc)

Birmingham Medical School

Our society is for those interested in all things related to Children's and Women's Health at the University of Birmingham with regular events covering careers in these areas, interest lectures and a journal club.We also raise money for Children's and Women's health charities.

Contact: ubmspongsoc@gmail.com

President: Caitlin Greaves

Friends of Birmingham Children's Hospital (Friends of BCH)

Birmingham Medical School

Friends of BCH is a charity that works with Birmingham Children’s Hospital to help young patients feel as comfortable as possible during their stay at the hospital. We endeavour to achieve this goal by providing volunteers to the hospital, volunteers to BCH charity events and organising our own exciting fundraisers.

In the past, these have included the annual Birmingham Half Marathon, Big Sleuth Farewell Weekend, pub quizzes, cake sales, bucket shakes, and many more!The money raised contributes to the wellbeing of thousands of children and their families who need treatment and care at BCH.Previously, our fundraising has supported the Eye Believe Appeal.This allowed the Children's Eye Department to be transformed into a bright and airy space more suited to visually impaired children, with an extended waiting room, play area and equipment for their families.

Contact: friendsofbch@gmail.com

President: Medha Agrawal

University of Birmingham Lepra

Birmingham Medical School

Lepra is an international charity that works in India, Bangladesh and Mozambique to diagnose, rehabilitate and educate people affected by leprosy and other diseases of poverty. As well as addressing the burden of disease in these communities, Lepra also works to tackle the poverty and prejudice that people affected by disease endure.

As Lepra's first university representation, we work to raise awareness amongst students of Lepra's work students and will be hold a wide range of fundraising activities to get stuck in with.

For those with a medical interest, we aim to provide informative talks by specialists on the tropical diseases Lepra encounters. We also hope to explore opportunities for students to get involved with Lepra's abroad.

Contact: uoblepra@gmail.com

President: Aniruddh Shenoy

Birmingham Marrow

Birmingham Medical School

We sign students up to the stem cell register to them potentially go on to save the life of someone with blood cancer or a blood disorder. Often a stem cell transplant is their last chance of survival. Only 25% of the time a patient is a match with a sibling so the rest of the time they rely on a stranger to be a donor and unfortunately many people don't fins their match in time. So we try to sign as many people up to the register and help raise awareness for Anthony Nolan who are our parent charity. We also fund raise as it costs £60 to sign each person to the register and this money also goes towards research to ensure that the stem cell donation is as successful as possible to prevent relapse on the patient and also for ensuring post donation care and support for both the donor, the patient and the patient's family. Unfortunately so few people know about us and if they do they also believe so many myths about a big drill going into the bone and extreme pain afterwards which often prevents them from potentially becoming a lifesaver.

Contact:  LXJ487@STUDENT.BHAM.AC.UK

President: Laura Jameson