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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.



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)

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 8 March