The Physics of Medicine (2020-2023) is an exciting new Rosetrees Trust-funded project that has recently launched, representing a new partnership with the well-established Physics of Life network.

The Physics of Life network is a community driven network consisting of researchers from the physical and life sciences, which first started in 2012. During that time, the network has successfully attracted engagement from UK wide based researchers, through delivering an impressive number of student bursaries, pump priming funding and events, such as workshops. It was the second iteration, PoLNET2, which worked with UKRI (EPSRC, BBSRC and MRC) to help formulate a £30M investment under a new funding call, ‘Building Collaborations at the Physics of Life Interface’, split across two calls (in 2019 and 2021). UKRI (EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC) have continued to recognise the success of this network, and are now supporting the network into its third iteration (PoLNET3; 2020-2023), led by Professor Tom McLeish, FRS.

The third phase of the network further broadened its ambitions, to specifically encourage engagement from clinical and medical communities. This resulted in the formation of a new, separate arm to the network ‘Physics of Medicine, 2020-2023’, led by Professor Stephen Smye, OBE.

Professor Stephen Smye, OBE, said: “The contribution of the physical sciences to medicine is long-standing and significant, not least in the development of new technologies, but there are many new and surprising opportunities for further fruitful and exciting interdisciplinary approaches to tackle some of the major research questions in medicine. The Rosetrees Physics of Medicine network will promote novel collaborations between clinicians, biological and physical scientists by seeing how techniques and approaches developed in apparently disparate areas can be brought to bear on some of the major clinical challenges, including antimicrobial resistance, precision treatments for cancer and virus dynamics.”

Physics of Medicine aims to significantly enhance clinical participation into the Physics of Life network. The objective is to create a sustainable, clinically-focused, Physics of Medicine network community – as part of the wider Physics of Life network, by delivering a 3-year programme of multidisciplinary workshops linked to major clinical and biological challenges.

Physics of Medicine will therefore deliver a short series of ‘Rosetrees Interdisciplinary Challenge Workshops’ over the next 3 years, covering key clinical challenges from the perspective of the Physics of Life, including but not limited to; Anti-microbial resistance, Metastasis and resistance, Neurodegenerative disease, Gut disorders, Joint degeneration and Heart disease. In each case, the workshop will be jointly organised with cognate national research charities and other funders including NIHR, UKRI, and the Wellcome Trust.

There are many ways to get involved with the Physics of Medicine, the community is OPEN and available for everyone to join!

You can get involved in the following ways:

• Become a member by signing up to the Physics of Life newsletter for FREE. This will enable you to be up to date with all available opportunities.

• Apply for funding from Physics of Life or Physics of Medicine – both are relevant to the medical and clinical communities (support is available for workshops, sandpits support, summer student bursaries and pump priming, calls to follow).

• Attend one of our many events over the next 3 years (Workshops, Sandpits, Summer Schools) – virtually or physically!

• Follow the Physics of Life on Twitter! @PhysicsOfLifeUK

• Look out for the next linked funding call; UKRI Physics of Life Strategic Priority: ‘Building Collaborations at the Physics of Life Interface’.

• Visit the Physics of Life website which is regularly being updated to provide the latest information on their funding opportunities.

Please contact Network Coordinator, Karis Baker (k.h.baker@dur.ac.uk), for any enquiries related to Physics of Medicine.