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Friday, 8 March 2019
And yet, it moves!
Blog posted by Professor Frank Van den Heuvel, Radiation Therapy Medical Physics Group Leader Galileo is said to have muttered ‘E pur, si muove!’ – ‘And yet, it moves’ as he left the courtroom in which he had been forced to concede that the sun moved round a fixed earth. Today, these words could be...
Thursday, 28 February 2019
No cure for cancer; just cures
Blog posted by Sophie Bowlzer, Clinical Trials Monitor in the Oncology Clinical Trials Office (OCTO) The cure for cancer, often hailed as the holy grail of medical research; something everyone is searching for and no one is finding, doesn’t actually exist. The idea that someone in a lab someday...
Monday, 4 February 2019
The Researcher and the Frog
Readers will remember the blog from Timo Reislander, who wrote about his time spent with the FROG group; in this guest blog we hear from Jean, Co-ordinator of the FROG Blog posted by Jean Simmons, Co-ordinator of FROG – Friends of Renal Oncology Group Timo’s posting shows that his visit to FROG...
Thursday, 24 January 2019
Calculating age with DNA
Blog posted by: Hira Javaid, DPhil student How would you react if I told you I could calculate your age if I took a sample of your blood? I wouldn’t be lying! Every day our cells are exposed to damaging agents that can cause harmful changes which accumulate over time and lead to ageing related...
Wednesday, 9 January 2019
Engaging the public is not just for researchers
Blog posted by: Jackie Parker, Accounts Officer Researchers are always encouraged to reach out and tell the story of their work outside the University. Researchers should not have all the fun! Although I currently work in Accounts, my degree is in Human Biology. Once a scientist always a scientist...
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Professor Sir David Weatherall
Blog posted by: Professor Adrian Harris, Group Leader in the Department of Oncology I was a Final Year medical student when David Weatherall was appointed Professor of Haematology in Liverpool University in 1973. He was an outstanding Lecturer, extremely popular with the students and helped to...
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Cancer Immunologists Win Nobel Prize in Medicine
Blog posted by: Eleanor Scott, DPhil student Researchers James Allison and Tasuku Honjo have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for their pioneering work on cancer immunotherapy. Hailed as a revolution in the treatment of cancer, immunotherapy works by boosting the body’s natural...
Friday, 25 May 2018
6th Annual Department of Oncology Postdoc Away Day
Blog posted by: Ben George, Postdoctoral Researcher (OPN Committee Member) On Friday, 18th May the postdocs of the Department of Oncology met for their 6th Annual Away Day. The event was organised by the Oncology Postdoc Network Committee (OPN) and for the third year running, the event was held at...
Friday, 20 April 2018
Widening access to Oxford
Blog posted by: Martin Christlieb Applying to Oxford is a daunting prospect. For many students in their last year of school, the idea of going to Oxford seems so far out of reach that it’s not worth applying. For others, Oxford seems like a place where they couldn’t fit in or make a success of...
Friday, 23 March 2018
Taking part – a researchers view of the Big Bang Fair
Blog posted by: Dr Alexandr Khrapichev, Postdoctoral Researcher, CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology I really like to participate in outreach programmes. It is a unique chance to master a short explanation of a complex scientific idea and present it to the public and a useful skill...
Thursday, 22 February 2018
Days by the sea – a weekend of chocolate and radiotherapy
Blog posted by: Martin Christlieb Starting a conversation with strangers can be difficult at the best of times. Starting a conversation on the subject of cancer and radiotherapy is even more so. Engaging people on such subjects means catching their imagination, and fast. Setting a puzzle is an...
Monday, 29 January 2018
Cancer en francais?
Blog posted by: Martin Christlieb On 25 January, I met a group of people whose lives have been touched by cancer. Patients and their relatives whose world had been turned upside down by a disease that will affect nearly half of us. Cancer is terrible. It threatens our lives and the resulting...
Friday, 8 December 2017
Cancer communications and causing traffic jams
Blog posted by: Martin Christlieb Francesca Buffa has been awarded a five-year grant by the European Research Council (ERC) to develop computer simulations to personalise cancer treatment and prevent drug resistance. We increasingly understand which parts of a cell have gone wrong and make it...
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
A long and fateful journey
Blog posted by: Martin Christlieb What could be worse than cancer? Cancer that has spread. The average survival across all cancer types is about 50%. Most of the failures will occur in people whose tumours have spread (metastasised). How does a tumour spread? If we knew the answer to that we would...
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Wriggling worms and migrating cancer
Blog posted by: Martin Christlieb An article by Dr Mark Hill of the Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology and Prof Aziz Aboobaker of the Department of Zoology has been selected as the cover article of the October Issue of Development. The article describes a collaborative project to study the...
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