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At the heart of the Medical Sciences Division graduate student community is the annual DPhil Day – a one day event, which brings together DPhil students from all 16 departments, to showcase the breadth and depth of basic and clinical research taking place across the Division. This year’s event attracted more abstracts than ever before, with 60 students presenting posters and 12 more giving talks to over 150 attendees.

In planning the day, the organising committee recognised  the importance of publication, so we invited senior editors from Nature, The BMJ, Science, and The Lancet to discuss the review and publication process. This was a new initiative for the DPhil day, and feedback from our DPhil students indicated that they gained invaluable insight into the review and publication  process. Furthermore, they also appreciated the advice given about how subtle tuning could make their manuscripts more appealing to various journal audiences. Importantly, internal senior scientific writers within the Division with experience from Nature Biotechnology, Nature Reviews Genetics, Immunity, and the Journal of Experimental Medicine, were also involved. They demonstrated the existing and continuing support within the Division to help DPhil students successfully publish their research.

This year’s keynote speaker Dr Kathy Niakan was our youngest and first ever female speaker, and also our first non-Oxford keynote speaker. She delivered an engaging presentation about the work her group is pursuing, describing her experience as  the first ever person to be approved to edit the genes of human embryos. We also heard from Rachel Bray, Career Services, about the support provided to help students pursue careers in and beyond academia. And during the breaks, attendees had the opportunity to network with prospective employers at our sponsors’ booths.

Overall, it was an excellent and encouraging day, and we’d like to thank all those who participated, including the Division for their ongoing support, all the post docs who judged and chaired throughout the day, the Divisional staff who helped with the advertising and running of the day, and in particular, Ms Jane Rudman, who helped guide our 13th annual MSD DPhil Day. We’d also like to congratulate the oral presentation winners, Kezia Gaitskell, and David Nasralla, and the poster presentation winners, Eamon Byrne, Laurienne Gardner, and Tiong Kit Tan. Finally we’d like to thank the DPhil Day Committee, who are your fellow DPhil students, and who volunteered their time and energy to make this day possible. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s MSD DPhil Day!

2016 Medical Sciences Division DPhil Day Committee

Kim Korrell, Haoyu Liu, Jingyi Ma, Katharina Wagner,

Stefanie Werner, Xiao Qin, Philippos Demetriou, and Geoffrey Lee.

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