Congratulations to Dr Serena Lucotti, a postdoctoral researcher in Ruth Muschel’s group, who has been awarded an Italy Made Me prize for her DPhil project entitled: ‘Targeting prostanoid biosynthesis during metastasis: the therapeutic potential of aspirin and beyond’. During her DPhil, Serena has studied the effect of aspirin and other anti-platelet drugs on cancer metastasis, which led her to discover a novel platelet signalling pathway that supports tumour cell dissemination through the bloodstream.
Department of Oncology researchers Dr Andrew Blackford and Dr Simon Lord have been appointed as Fellows of Oriel College.
The Research Fellowships, which provide research support for the UK’s leading scientists and clinicians working in the area of breast cancer research, were launched this year by Against Breast Cancer, a charity based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
The two Fellows received their awards at a celebratory evening at Oriel College attended by supporters of the charity, scientists from Oxford and Southampton, local dignitaries and alumni of Oriel College.
In July, the Department of Oncology was involved in the UNIQ Summer school, which is run as part of the University of Oxford’s programme to increase diversity amongst students and is a committed supporter of making Oxford accessible to everyone.
Congratulations to two members of the Department of Oncology who have been recognised with full professorial titles by the University of Oxford. Eric O'Neill (left) has been awarded the title of 'Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology' and Peter McHugh (right) that of 'Professor of Molecular Oncology'.
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.