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 the Oxford Martin School in the heart of Oxford on Broad Street.  The Department of Oncology is located in various buildings in Headington and the Away Day provides a fantastic opportunity for the postdocs to meet up.

Science in the park – a day out at Malvern Park

Blog posted by: Dr Mario F Munoz Pinto, Postdoctoral Researcher, CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology

We must reach out to the people who fund our work; some of these are adults across the UK who donate to Cancer Research UK or pay their taxes.  Dr Mario Munoz Pinto (on the left in the photo below) reached out and found that one way to a parent’s heart and mind may be through their children. 

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 their time here.

A number of people have set out to challenge these perceptions.  Amongst them The University itself and a teacher training scheme called ‘Teach First’.

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 effective way to draw someone’s attention.  A simple puzzle, accessible to all.

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 uncertainty and treatment often takes from us the freedom and empowerment to pursue the things we care about.

The group I met on Wednesday face all these challenges, but in the foothills of the Pyrenees they face the challenges in French.

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 divide uncontrollably, leading to cancer.  We are also becoming better and better at developing drugs which match the bits that have gone wrong. 

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 have another set of opportunities to fight back.


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