The Oliver Scott and Jack Fowler Memorial Symposium

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We have an exciting line up of invited speakers.

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Sir Oliver C. A. Scott, 3RD Baronet Scott of Yews (1922-2016)

In addition to his ground breaking work with Hal Gray on exploring the potential impact of the oxygen effect in radiotherapy, Oliver Scott was one of the greatest benefactors of radiobiology. The move of L.H. (“Hal”) Gray and his team into the purpose built laboratory at Mount Vernon, establishing the British Empire Cancer Campaign Research Unit in Radiobiology (subsequently called the Gray Laboratory), was made possible by funds provided by Oliver’s charitable trust. This became the world leading centre for radiobiology research. Oliver subsequently became director of the laboratory, following the death of Hal Gray in 1965. After he passed on the directorship to Jack Fowler, he remained a frequent visitor, advisor and continuing benefactor of the laboratory in addition to support and funding of young scientists.

Professor John F. “Jack” Fowler (1925-2016).

Jack Fowler moved to the Gray Laboratory in 1970 and was director for 18 years. He was a medical physicist who turned to radiation biology and was synonymous with the development of modern therapy strategies. His greatest contribution was the understanding of the relationships between overall treatment time, dose per daily treatment and the number of such treatments in RT; leading to a reduction in unwanted adverse side effects in normal tissues and improved cancer treatment. Jack published approximately 575 scientific papers and won many awards, including Gold Medals from ESTRO (1983), ASTRO (1995) and the Failla Award of the Radiation Research Society as well as many other prizes and honorary degrees.

Wednesday, 6th September 2017
12:00:- 13:00
Registration and refreshments
13:00 - 13:05 
Welcome and Introduction - Gillies McKenna, University of Oxford, UK
Oliver Scott session: Impact of the Oxygen Effect
13:05 - 13:25
Barry Michael, University College London, UK
13:25 - 13:55
Dietmar Siemann, University of Florida, USA
13:55 - 14:20
Geoff Higgins, University of Oxford, UK
14:20 - 14:35
Monica Olcina del Molino, Stanford, USA
14:35 - 15:15
Jack Fowler session: Translating Radiation Biology to the Clinic
15:15 - 15:35
Fiona Stewart, NKI, Netherlands
15:35 - 16:05
Søren Bentzen, University of Maryland, USA
16:05 - 16:30
Francesca Buffa, University of Oxford, UK
16:30 - 16:45
Tracy Underwood, University College London, UK
16:45 - 16:55
Closing remarks - Gillies McKenna, University of Oxford, UK
17:00 - 18:15
Drinks reception for all attendees in Sheldonian Theatre, University of Oxford and visit the Cupola
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Wednesday, 6th September 2017
18:15 for 19:00
Prosecco drinks reception followed by formal dinner at Wadham College, University of Oxford


Please see programme for invited speakers.

Sheldonian Theatre, University of Oxford
6 September 2017

Please visit the Sheldonian Theatre website for details of how to get there.

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The Sheldonian Theatre is a Grade I listed building situated in Oxford’s city centre and is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford.  It is the place where students are admitted to the University, where they receive their degree and it is the meeting place for Congregation - the University’s parliament.  It also provides a venue for other ceremonial events. The Sheldonian Theatre was constructed between 1664 and 1669.  Funded by Gilbert Sheldon, Warden of All Souls College and later Archbishop of Canterbury, the Sheldonian Theatre was the first major design of Sir Christopher Wren. The original roof design was a masterpiece of architectural design. It is made up of a series of timber trusses and complicated cross beams supported by braces and screws without any columns.

Wadham College was founded in 1610 by Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham, the College now comprises up to 200 graduate students and some 450 undergraduates.

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Registration is now open and will close on 29 August for symposium registration.  Registration for the dinner will close on 18 August.  To register please click here

Please note: places are limited for the dinner and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Registration for symposium only (including drinks reception at the Sheldonian Theatre): £20

Registration for symposium, prosecco drinks reception and formal dinner at Wadham College: £45

If you need to contact the symposium organisers please send an email to and quote "Scott-Fowler 2017" in the subject line. 

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