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Dr Richard J Helyer

B.Sc., Ph.D.(Bristol)

  • BS8 1TD

1992 …2018

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Research interests

My current role focuses on basic-science education and strategy in general, with specialisation in high-fidelity Human Patient Simulation.

My specific interests are the application of Human Patient Simulation, especially physiologic models, to the teaching key aspects of physiology in undergraduate curricula, and to blended pre- and clincial learning in medicine. I am the academic lead for the University of Bristol Biomedical Simulation Centre. I have published and presented on simulation at numerous workshops and as a keynote speaker.

My research background is in the area of ion channels, receptors and signalling molecules during development of the mammalian auditory system. Specifically I was interested in changes in expression patterns of these key molecules during development of the sensory hair cells of the cochlea. Techniques used include whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology.

Outside of simulation and research my roles have included school Director of Teaching, and I am currently the Programme Director for programmes with industrial study as well as a Unit Director. I have experience in management of teaching and teaching staff, programme and unit development, quality assurance. I have held numerous school and faculty roles.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • PolicyBristolEducation
  • Simulation
  • Physiology

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Research Output

  • 15 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)
  • 10 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Conference Abstract

Using high-fidelity human patient simulators to teach physiology

Harris, JR., Helyer, RJ. & Lloyd, E., Nov 2011, In : Medical Education. 45, p. 1159 - 1160 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

6 Citations (Scopus)

A 'simulation-enhanced' curriculum for the teaching of physiology to undergraduate medical and biomedical sciences students

Helyer, RJ., Lloyd, E. & Harris, JR., 2010, SESAM main meeting 2010.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

A model for mammalian cochlear hair cell differentiation in vitro: effects of retinoic acid on cytoskeletal proteins and potassium conductances

Helyer, RJ., Cacciabue-Rivolta, D., Davies, D., Rivolta, MN., Kros, CJ. & Holley, MC., Feb 2007, In : European Journal of Neuroscience. 25 (4), p. 957 - 973 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 14 Citations (Scopus)