Each year the Department of Oncology teams up with the Cancer Research UK Oxford Centre to offer a public engagement training course. This year Dr Ruth Travis, a graduate of the course, was invited to the Science Museum in London to take part in the Museum’s Lates series as part of an event centring on cravings.
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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.
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.
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.
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's Citizen Science project 'Reverse the Odds' has been awarded a Digital Emmy in the Children and Young People Category. The award was presented at the tenth International Digital Emmy Award ceremony in Cannes, France today.
The project, produced by Maverick TV, Chunk, Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK, beat competition from Malaysia, Germany, and Brazil to win the category.
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.
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.
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.