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Brilliant Minds

Dr Judith Nicholson, a postdoctoral scientist in the Department of Oncology, recently won a chance to showcase her work to secondary school students in London.

Judith applied for and was selected to become a Brilliant Club tutor, which gave her the opportunity to design a tutorial course on her specialist area of research and deliver it to a group of Year 10 pupils at Lampton School in Hounslow. She attended a weekend training session to help develop her course, at which she was advised by the trainers to encourage the students to aim high.

40 Years and 40 Objects

The Department of Oncology is one of 40 people or institutions that donated an object to the ‘40 Years, 40 Objects’ exhibition, which opened today at the Museum of Oxford.

The Museum of Oxford is 40 years old this year, and to commemorate this anniversary and celebrate the modern history of Oxford, the museum is exhibiting 40 objects which have either been made or found in the last 40 years. The University of Oxford is represented by a piece of Frozen Lightning from the Department of Oncology.

Life-long learning; courses in cancer research

The Department of Oncology recently offered two very successful public opportunities for part-time study in conjunction with the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education. 

In April, the Department’s Public Engagement Manager, Dr Martin Christlieb and a team of researchers and clinical trials specialists from Oxford were joined by 18 students from across Thames Valley and beyond for a series of ten weekly evening classes. The course, ‘Cancer: An Introduction to Research in Oncology’, was hosted in Ewert House, Summertown. 

Interview with Sarah Blagden, Associate Professor of Experimental Cancer Therapeutics

The August 2015 edition of OxfordMedSci news features an interview with Professor Sarah Blagden, Associate Professor of Experimental Cancer Therapeutics in the Department of Oncology and CRUK Oxford Centre Member. Sarah talks about her research investigating post-transcriptional mechanisms that drive cancer behaviour and researching novel cancer therapeutics. She is keen to hear from any researchers in the community interested in collaborating on potential cancer treatments. Find out more about her work below:

Anne Kiltie Wins Flame of Hope Award

Anne Kiltie has won the Research Engagement Award in the 2015 Cancer Research UK Flame of Hope Awards.

The awards are bestowed annually by Cancer Research UK to honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements of their truly inspiring supporters. Anne’s exciting research into bladder cancer has formed part of an ongoing CRUK Citizen Science Project, in which a mobile game ‘Reverse the Odds’ has been developed. The game, where members of the general public analyse research results, has been a huge hit, with nearly 3.5 million slides having been analysed to date.

The Department of Oncology’s ‘Evolution of Cancer’ board game receives press coverage

Dr Martin Christlieb, the Department of Oncology’s Public Engagement Manager, was interviewed live on BBC Radio Oxford on Thursday 15th May. The item, aired on the Malcolm Boyden show, featured Martin’s ‘Evolution of Cancer’ board game, which he uses as a public engagement tool in schools and at events around the country.


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