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Have you thought of a career in Medical Research?

NDORMS is hosting a series of online talks/conversations with scientists from NDORMS and other University of Oxford Medical Science departments for Y12 students. These will be a mix of information about both the scientists careers and their research work with plenty of time for Q&As on either.

These talks are a joint initiative between two departments in the Oxford University Medical Sciences Division (NDORMS and NDS) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Talks will be run as a zoom webinar and each session with three researchers takes 45-60minutes.  If you would like to attend the talks please sign up using the links below.  A link to the recording of the talks will be posted here a few days after it happens


Have You Thought of a Career in Medical Research 

Angus WannAnne Francis and Jennifer Cane

Dr Angus KT Wann : The opportunity to explore a new bit of the cell

My research uses the exploration of a relatively unknown part of the cell, largely previously ignored, to understand how the cells in our body make decisions. Looking back, it has been a combination of considered decisions and serendipidous meetings that has shaped my career so far. 


Dr Anne Francis: Science out of the lab

Having decided not to continue in lab-based biological sciences research, I sought a career that would use my scientific knowledge & training as well as my ability to organise.  Having realised that clinical research would be a good fit for this I sought my first job and have never looked back.  15 years later, having worked my way up I now manage a small team of staff who run clinical trials.


Dr Jenny Cane: Take a deep breath – respiratory research

I've always been interested in biology but wasn't sure which part I wanted to pursue or what career that would lead me to. I studied a broad degree of Biological Sciences where I found I most enjoyed learning about diseases and response to infection. This led me to complete a PhD in lung disease and I now work as a scientist investigating the mechanisms that underlie changes seen in airways disease. 

Registration link 


Have You Thought of a Career in Medical Research

Susan Wagland, Claudia Fraser and Stuart Faulkner


Dr Susan Wagland: What is the best way to treat a broken ankle?

After my PhD I decided to go into clinical trials, where I could use both my science research experience, and my organisational and administrative skills. I am embedded in an academic research environment, where we are testing treatments for musculoskeletal injuries. I love communicating with our recruiting hospitals and our patient participants, and the precision of data collection and analysis. Every trial has different, interesting challenges and our results will directly benefit future NHS patients.


Stuart Faulkner : The never-ending story of a scientist

Variation has always been my mantra – never doing the same things again and again for too long. I love science and all that surrounds it. From discovering how the brain develops in the lab, to how we can work with doctors and industry to help repair parts of the body using stem cells, to how to reach agreement on new ways to bring drugs to patients quicker across the whole of Europe. It has been, and still, is a never-ending story in the world of science.

Registration link 


Previous Talks

Follow the links for talk descriptions and link to talk videos 

March 8 International Women's Day Talk 

March 15 2021 Talk

April 21 2021 Talk

May 19 2021 Talk 


Any Questions?

Please email



National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

We are the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provide the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, we deliver and enable world-class research that transforms people's lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.


Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS)

NDORMS is a multidisciplinary medical research department within the University of Oxford that brings together researchers, statisticians, engineers, imaging specialists, clinicians and patients in order to undertake the highest quality research in musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions to deliver new treatments, which improve people's lives.


Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS)

NDS hosts a multidisciplinary team of senior clinical academic surgeons, senior scientists, junior clinicians and scientists in training. We comprise of major surgical specialties, including gastro-intestinal, transplantation, vascular, paediatric, plastic, ear, nose and throat (ENT), neurosurgery, and urology. 


Speakers 19 May