Careers in Medical Research Talks - IWD March 2023
International Women's Day 2023 Career in Medical Research Talk
Susan Morris - Becoming a research nurse
I currently work as a research nurse for the NHS and the University of Oxford, based at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. I always knew that I would work in healthcare, helping people and delivering evidenced based care makes me happy, I started a Nursing Degree at 19, dropped out and worked in other health fields and finally completed my Nursing Degree at 40. My early education didn’t define my career choices, my life experiences did!
Stephanie Dakin - From horse to humans: A journey in the musculoskeletal sciences
Growing up I loved animals and science, so it made sense to study to become a vet. I worked as a horse vet for over a decade, however the challenges I experienced as an equine vet caused me to become more curious about how and why horses develop injuries to their limbs and understand why they are so difficult to treat. This provided the incentive for me to go back to vet school and study for a PhD. Having completely got the bug for science enjoying the freedom to pursue the research questions I was interested in; I moved to Oxford University to advance and translate my research on horses into humans. Turns out we are not so different to horses after all! I currently work as an Associate Professor, leading a research group where we investigate the underlying cause of common musculoskeletal diseases with the aim of finding better treatments for patients affected by conditions affecting their tendons and ligaments.
I have always felt the need to help others but being a doctor or nurse never directly appealed to me. When I was at university, I realised that I could help people through clinical research. Since graduating I have worked as a research assistant at the University of Oxford, working on a range of projects involving things like vision, stroke rehabilitation, virtual reality, and exercise – all with an ultimate aim of improving healthcare.