Research and innovation
Clinical allergy has a strong base within clinical and basic research. Several of the larger allergy departments have academic groups studying the changing epidemiology of allergic conditions and the mechanisms that underpin the expression of disease. Trainees in allergy are expected to carry out research projects as part of their training. Not everyone will undertake a PhD, but most will spend some time working in or liaising with an academic group. The specialty has a good track record in obtaining research studentships for PhD and MD students. Early contact with a potential supervisor is strongly advised, to allow for preliminary work and improved chances of obtaining the necessary funding.
Once allergists are established in practice there are many opportunities to take part in clinical research, including trials of new pharmaceutical and biological agents.