Two Nuffield Research Placement students, sisters Ameeta and Aneeta Kumar, have been named UK Young Scientists of the Year 2014 after beating off competition from 4000 others and impressing the judges with their project on developing an early diagnostic tool for cancer.
Professor Peter O’Neill of the Department of Oncology, University of Oxford, has been awarded the 2014 Failla Award from the Radiation Research Society.
The Department of Oncology, along with five other Departments at the University of Oxford, has been successful in achieving Athena SWAN bronze status in the latest round of awards.
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.
Professor Gillies McKenna and researchers from the Cancer Research UK and Medical Research Council Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology featured on Radio 4’s ‘Broadcasting House’ on Sunday 18th May 2014.
Cancer therapy drugs tend to achieve limited accumulation and poor penetration in tumours, reducing their effectiveness. For many years, the only methods used to improve drug uptake by tumours have been pharmacological, and these have had limited success.
Recent research at Oxford University has shown that physical mechanisms triggered by ultrasound, magnetic fields or shock waves can dramatically improve the delivery and penetration of existing and experimental drugs into tumours.
On Monday 19 May, the atrium of the West Wing of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford was turned into a public engagement space, with stands from every area of medical research covered by the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
Martin Christlieb, the Department of Oncology’s Public Engagement Manager, received one of the University of Oxford OxTALENT Awards at the 2014 celebration of innovative use of digital technologies.