Academic & Research Collaborative

On this page you will find information about the Mammary Fold Academic Committee

Paralleling the development of the ABS Academic & Research Committee, 2012 saw the development of the Mammary Fold Academic Collaborative (MFAC). Our aim was to develop a national research collaborative that may facilitate local trainee group projects, as well as design and conduct novel studies looking at current practice.

To find out more about becoming a member of the Academic collaborative please contact

You may also wish to visit the Research section of the ABS website for further information about current studies, trainee research and academic careers.

You can follow MFAC on Twitter: @MFoldResearch


The aims of the Mammary Fold Academic & Research Collaborative are:

  • To enhance care and outcome for patients with breast disease through promoting and supporting trainee-led audit and research
  • To develop a national collaborative to facilitate high quality trainee-led audit and research projects, as well as design and conduct novel studies

Click here to read the Mammary Fold Academic & Research Collaborative's full Terms of Reference.

5th MFAC Day

The 5th MFAC Day will be held online on the 17th February from 10am to 3pm.

The programme is available here

To register for the event please click here

To watch the recoding of this meeting please click here.

Incorporating academic & research activity into a consultant career

Increasingly there is an expectation – quite rightly – that participation in clinical research should be an integral part of our practice as consultant breast surgeons. Clinical research allows us to create the evidence base we need to inform our clinical practice, while giving our patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of new treatments or technologies. 

Read more here.


Getting involved as a collaborator in a national research study is a great way to get experience in research and also a vital contribution to improving practice standards for our patients. What's more, it can be a great line on your CV, especially as every doctor is required to show their engagement with evidence based medicine. 

Find out about the open studies being supported by MFAC here

Information is also available for studies, supported by MFAC, which are now closed.  Please click here

Setting up national collaboratives

You can find information here about obtaining support from MFAC for developing national collaboratives.  Please click here


MFAC Publications

To find out more about publications from previous MFAC studies please click here

Research Opportunities

There is a new research opportunity for a Breast Cancer Now Dame Vera Lynn Translational Research Fellowship. The scheme is open to clinically qualified candidates who are keen on gaining research experience and either undertake a postgraduate degree or postdoctoral training in breast cancer research. For more information and details on how to apply please see the website.  Closing Date 30th April 2021