The 6th Annual Oncology Student Symposium was held at St Anne’s College, for the second time, on Monday, 9 July. The day went really well, and the only complaint about the weather was that it was a bit stuffy in the marquee! Second year students gave their talks in the - thankfully air-conditioned - Mary Ogilvie lecture theatre; and first years presented their posters in the marquee on the lawn in St Anne’s Quad. The standard was again agreed to be very high, with clear and confident talks and eye-catching posters which were eloquently explained.
Congratulations to Professor Gillies McKenna, Director of the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, who is the recipient of the prestigious Breur Award for 2018.
Congratulations to Dr Xiao Wan from Professor Eric O’Neill’s group for her success in obtaining an NC3Rs Training Fellowship for ‘Developing human organotypic perfused bioreactors for physiologically reproducible therapeutic compound screening of a tumour microenvironment’. Xiao’s research at the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology in the Department of Oncology focuses on developing bioreactors that more accurately recapitulate the tumour microenvironm
Congratulations to Dr Bart Cornelissen of the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, Department of Oncology who has secured a £200k grant from UK medical research charity, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF).
Dr James Larkin, a postdoctoral researcher from Nicola Sibson’s lab in the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Biology, has won a silver medal in 2018 STEM for Britain, a Parliamentary poster competition that gives researchers the chance to present their work to policymakers and politicians and discuss their work with local MPs.
South Korean and Chinese investors join round into Oxford University spinout developing cancer vaccines.
Oxford Vacmedix UK Limited (OVM), a UK-based biopharma company focused on the development of cancer vaccines, has completed its Series A financing round of $12.5m (£9m) with a consortium of South Korean and Chinese investors.
Congratulations to Professor Eric O'Neill who has been awarded honorary membership of the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR). The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to radiation biology, in particular teaching and training.
Associate Professor Peter McHugh of the Department of Oncology has been awarded a 4 year grant from the Medical Research Council.
The news comes hot on the heels of Professor McHugh's Cancer Research UK programme award. Grant success is tough, so this is a truly impressive achievement.
The 5-year programme award will support research on the DNA repair mechanisms that protect cancer cells from therapy, informing the development of future therapies.
Cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy aim to kill cancer cells by causing damage to their DNA. However, cancer cells often resist treatment because they have mechanisms in place that allow them to repair their DNA. Understanding how this DNA repair takes place is essential to develop more effective cancer treatments.
Many congratulations to Robert Watson, a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in the laboratory of Benjamin Fairfax in the Department of Oncology. Robert was successful in his application for a CRUK pre-doctoral research bursary.