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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

Wednesday 19 May 4pm Talk

Register at this link

Dr Dimitrios Doultsinos - Life in the balance: How protein quality control governs health and disease

I went to school locally, in Abingdon! Wanting to do Medicine I took all science A-Levels and went to University in Sheffield where I undertook my first science project! This led to a career in translational medical research; a journey that has involved learning about neurogenetics and clinical trial design in the UK, brain cancer biology in France, drug discovery/development in Sweden and big data sequencing analysis in Greece. I am now back in Oxford working on developing a personalised surgical model of prostate cancer to study how treatments affect each individual patient, how protein quality control governs tumour evolution and how we can target such mechanisms with novel therapeutic combinations. This work will hopefully be applicable not only in prostate cancer as protein quality control is involved in every cell in our bodies.


Dr Daniel O'Conner - Oxford Vaccine Group, Department of Paediatrics

My research involves analysing genetic data from samples to work out how the body responds to vaccines at a molecular level. Using sequencing I'm trying to explain why immune responses in children vary so much.


Joana Martins - How to encourage tissue healing

I liked different subjects in school but I always knew I wanted to have a career in science, just not sure exactly what. I first started studying Pathology but then switched to Bioengineering after one year. I have a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Porto (Portugal) and since then I’ve been working on biomaterials to control the behaviour of cells. For the last 5 years, I have been working as a research assistant in developing new implantable medical devices that can help create new tendon in the shoulder, in cases where there is a tear due to aging or injury.


Register at this link 

Previous Talks

Follow the links for talk descriptions and link to talk videos 

March 8 International Women's Day Talk 

March 15 Talk

April 21 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