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Have you thought of a career in Medical Research?

NDORMS is hosing 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.

Monday March 8th 2pm - International Women’s Day talk

Sign-up link for Monday 8th March  


Dr Elizabeth Mann : An unplanned journey to cancer research

Having failed to get into medicine, I studied medical sciences and became fascinated immunology. I have never had a grand plan but sought opportunities to broaden my horizons and am now a fellow at the University of Oxford researching new treatments for bowel cancer. 

Dr Hannah McGivern: Musculoskeletal ageing is no Humerus matter! 

Having always loved science growing up but not sure what career path to take, I started by studying archaeology with forensic science where I became fascinated by musculoskeletal anatomy. I have since researched what happens to our skeleton as we get older, which has implications in both medicine and forensic science. I currently work as a laboratory technician for the Quality in Organ Donation (QUOD) initiative, a biobank that supports research into organ transplantation. 

Katie Mellor: How can we make the medical trials we are doing better?

I found it really difficult to decide what to study at university because I enjoyed the variety of topics I studied at school. That’s why the research I do in medical trials is perfect for me because whether it is a different disease, patient population, trial design or working with different researchers, there is always so much to learn.


 Monday March 15th 2pm - British Science Week talk

Sign up link for Monday 15th March 2pm


Dr Ngee Han Lim : Revealing the invisible - a career climbed in unexpected directions

My research centres on coming up with new ways of highlighting what’s going on inside your body so that it will show up in the scans that you get at the hospital.  My career illustrates the importance of following opportunities that arise.


Dr Jennifer De Beyer: The pen is mightier than the scalpel

All medical research has one thing in common: if it isn’t published using clear language with all the important details, no-one can use it! I’m a teacher, editor, writer, and researcher combining my love of words with my background in laboratory research to support scientists in effectively sharing their work with the world.


Dr Ghada Alsaleh:  How to add life to your years

After qualifying as a pharmacist in Syria, I was always fascinated by the research world and did not want to restrict myself to dispensing drugs but to learn more about how new drugs are developed. I moved from Damascus to Oxford via Strasbourg to follow my ambition to become a scientific researcher looking into ways to create drugs that help people stay healthier for longer



Talks will be run as a zoom webinar.  If you would like to attend the talk on Monday 8th March please sign up using the link above.  A link to the recording of the talks will be posted here a few days after it happens.


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)

Upcoming talks 

There will also be talks on:

Wednesday 21 April 2pm

Wednesday 19 May 2pm

Speakers and topics to be announced.  




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 and Facilitators

Speakers and Facilitators