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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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
UNIQ Summer School - practical tutoring through the eyes of a DPhil student
Blog posted by: Linda van Bijsterveldt, DPhil Student We are slowly trickling back into labs and offices as we are approaching the end of the summer, and what better way to welcome the start of term than by looking back on one of our summer outreach efforts? Building on the successes from previous...
 
AspECT Trial - ASCO Chicago 2018
Blog posted by: Claire Brooks, Portfolio Lead (OCTO) In June, Claire Brooks attended the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference in Chicago where the AspECT trial results were presented. She writes here about both the conference and the challenging process of getting the results...
 
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...
 
Science in the shopping centre
Blog posted by: Tim Coutts, Clinical Trial Administrator, Oncology Clinical Trials Office (OCTO) Public engagement is not just for scientists.  As Tim Coutts reports, public engagement with research is something everyone can get involved with. On Wednesday 20th June I spent the day at Castle Quay...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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