Journal Club

Journal club is a collection of meetings which aim to provide early career researchers a place to develop critical assessment skills.

What’s it all about?

Journal Club aids in developing critical thinking skills, such as – learning how to read, analyse and assess research. The topics discussed revolve around health informatics and are chosen so that they are accessible for all participants. 

Journal club has become a key and core component of the education and development activities that we deliver in the Centre of Health Informatics.  The aim is to help new and existing members of the department improve their critical appraisal skills and discuss work published by other groups. The journal club also functions as a way to gain feedback on abstracts/papers written by members of the department before submission


How are they run?

Before each session, a senior member of staff (academic lead) will choose a paper. This paper will be sent out a week prior to the meeting along with a few questions to think about and discuss when Journal Club meets. The chosen paper will be briefly introduced by the academic lead followed by an interactive and informal discussion. No presentations will be necessary, but each attendee will be asked to share one positive and one negative criticism about the written work. Additionally, there will be a student chair for the session to engage participants and encourage the discussion.

Who are they for?

The meetings are available for all CHI and wider HeRC group members. It is essential that all CHI PhD and MPhil students attend the club as it will form a core part of their training offered by the centre. Reminders for the session will be sent via email and students will be expected to confirm their attendance. 


When will they take place?

Journal Club runs twice a month.



If you have any queries, wish to be added to the mailing list or would like to volunteer as the academic lead or chair for a session, please get in touch. 


Get to know the members

Antonia Tsvetanova , 2nd year PhD Student

Antonia is a PhD student in health informatics, working predominantly in the field of predictive/prognostic modelling. Antonia agrees that Health e-Research is vital and hopes that her research will have a positive impact on the field of predictive analytics and patients’ care. Since Antonias PhD is funded by Microsoft, she hopes to start a job with the company upon completion of her PhD, working in the field of AI, statistics and healthcare. 

Advice for students in the field: 

“My main advice is to be curious. The more knowledge you obtain, the more you realise there is so much more to know. Always think ‘what if’ and don’t be afraid to share your ideas.”

Sian Bladon, 3rd year PhD Student

Sian is a PhD student based in HeRC researching antibiotic use in patients with sepsis. She has a background in Pharmacology which sparked her interest in medicine and healthcare. After finishing her PhD, Sian would like to either continue doing research in academia or work in healthcare policy. 

Advice for students in the field:  

Sian recommends the MSc course in Health Data Science (offered at HeRC), as before starting her PhD here she found that the masters course gave her a great introduction to the field and helped her choose a PhD project that was right for her.