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 used to under-pin the value of MR-Linacs in radiotherapy.

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 would find a single cure for all cancer belies the complexity of the large group of diseases that we refer to collectively as cancer.

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 diseases such as cancer. Quantifying these changes has allowed scientists to develop models that calculate a person’s biological age, a measure of the “well-being” of their cells.

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 and I very much enjoy reading about our PIs current research and attending seminars that are open to all staff in the Department of Oncology.

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 make Haematology an exciting and popular subject. 

Entering a world of computer powered research - 176 years after Ada Lovelace

Blog posted by: Sylvana Hassanieh, DPhil student

In October 1843 Ada Lovelace published a set of notes which included a description of an algorithm to compute Bernoulli numbers on Charles Babbage’s analytical engine. Ada Lovelace Day in early October celebrates the achievements of women in science. It also marked the start of Sylvana Hassanieh’s journey towards her PhD at the Department of Oncology, University of Oxford. She will also be using computer codes to understand the outcome of the S-CORT trial being led by Prof Tim Maughan at Oxford.

An evening with local patients

Blog posted by: Timo Reislander, DPhil student

We work in cancer research.  When all the lab work is done, our dream is that the long hours will lead to a change in cancer treatment and a better outcome for those who have to take the cancer journey.

Research is a scientific business often driven by personal goals, a mixture of curiosity and a desire to publish and build a career.  But in our world there are people living with cancer today who have a very different set of desires for our work.


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