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We regularly interview MSD staff and researchers for Lab Talk and/or Sixty Seconds with interviews. These interviews were also originally featured in OxfordMedSci News, the divisional e-newsletter.

Dr Toni DayDr Toni Day is a member of our Experts in Residence network, a scheme managed by the Translational Research Office, the Business Partnerships Office and Oxford University Innovation to give Oxford's research community access to world-leading expertise and advice across multiple industry sectors. We talk to Toni about her career to date, how her role as an Expert in Residence can help Oxford researchers, and why it is more important than ever to understand MedTech regulatory pathways.


Carolyn McKeeCarolyn McKee is Head of Commercial Strategy & Risk in the Medical Sciences Division. In this role, Carolyn provides leadership in relation to governance, compliance and major projects with a commercial dimension.

We talk to Carolyn about her early days practising law in Exeter, what is on her 'to-do' list, and why it may include developing her DIY skills!



Sarah Wagstaffe

Sarah Wagstaffe is Sarah is Head of Translational Research Office in the Medical Sciences Division. In this role, Sarah is responsible for delivering support to translational research projects, ensuring the progression of basic, biomedical and clinical research towards therapies, techniques and medical products with therapeutic value.



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is Head of Development in the Medical Sciences Division. Carly talks about her passion for fundraising, why she finds great work satisfaction in working on complex, innovative projects and how she is learning all about British culture and lingo.




Catherine SwalesCatherine Swales is Director of Clinical Studies in the Medical School, where she is responsible for the operational leadership of the Oxford clinical medicine course. She talks about the diversity of her role, the importance of supportive mentors and why she quite fancies swapping her office for the International Space Station!  



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LAB282, a unique funding-expertise hybrid model to accelerate Oxford therapeutics out of the lab and into the wider world, launched two years ago this month. OUI’s comms manager Gregg Bayes-Brown sat down with Thomas Hanke, Evotec’s Expert-in-Residence, to see how the initiative is working out so far. Read about what it’s achieved so far, and what’s next for the partnership.



 Chris Barkus is the new Regional Programme Manager for the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (the NC3Rs). He discusses his new role, and the funding available to support researchers. 



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Dr Jane Itzhaki is the Research Facilitator for Oxford Metabolic Health (OMH), an exciting new initiative in the Medical Sciences Division. She talks about her role in OMH, and plans for its upcoming Inaugural Symposium. 



Elen Wade Martins - small.jpgDr Elen Wade-Martins has recently taken up the exciting challenge of managing the new BioEscalator, which is currently under construction on Old Road Campus. Read on to find out how you can become part of the entrepreneurial community that Elen hopes will flourish around the BioEscalator. 




Jamie-Hartmann Boyce, a senior researcher in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, speaks about her song-writing and 'vape-debate' adventures at Curiosity Carnival, a huge event that bought Oxford's incredible research to the public as part of European Researchers' Night.


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Natalie Doig, a postdoctoral neuroscientist at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit, describes her recent experience as a contestant on I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, an online X Factor-style competition. 



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LAB282, the University’s drug discovery partnership, has made its first round of investments and is preparing for its second. But what is it, who’s it for, and how can you benefit from it? The fund’s expert-in-residence, Thomas Hanke, explains.


Harriet TeareDr Harriet Teare, a researcher at the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX Centre) in the Nuffield Department of Population Health.

Photo of Professor Afsie SabokbarProfessor Afsie Sabokbar, Divisional Director of Skills Training and Researcher Development.



Photo of  Dr Chrystalina Antoniades and Dr Elizabeth TunbridgeSuccess in Public Engagement awards. Dr Chrystalina Antoniades, from the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Dr Elizabeth Tunbridge, from the Department of Psychiatry, won Early Career Researcher awards in the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Public Engagement with Research. Find out more about their public engagement activities.

Dr LeeDr Wen Hwa Lee, Strategic Alliances Manager at the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), part of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, about how the SGC is revolutionising the way we think about drug discovery.
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Prabin DahalPrabin Dahal, a DPhil student in WWARN, the WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network based in the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health



Professor Sarah BlagdenProfessor Sarah Blagden, Associate Professor of Experimental Cancer Therapeutics in the Department of Oncology



Dr Ann Van den Bruel, Associate Professor in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Director of the NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Cooperative.



Peter BrownProfessor Peter Brown, Director of the recently opened Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit (BNDU) at the University of Oxford and Professor of Experimental Neurology in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences.


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The UK EQUATOR Centre is an international initiative set up to help researchers (and journals) publish well-reported, reliable, usable research papers. Dr Iveta Simera, the Centre’s Deputy Director describes the Centre’s work and how they can help you.


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As Endometriosis Awareness Week (3-9 March) comes to an end, we speak to Professors Christian Becker and Krina Zondervan, co-Directors of the Endometriosis Care and Research (CaRe) Centre.



Professor Robin Choudhury, Clinical Director of the Acute Vascular Imaging Centre (AVIC). The Centre, part of the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, opened in early 2011 and is based in the John Radcliffe Hospital.



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Professor Alison Simmons, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, is the first Oxford-Harrington Scholar. In this interview, she discusses the benefits of the programme, which is launching officially on 14 November.



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Professor Elaine Fox, lead PI at the Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience (OCEAN), Department of Experimental Psychology. OCEAN’s research focuses on cognitive approaches to emotional vulnerability and emotional resilience.


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Professor Elspeth Garman, Department of Biochemistry, discusses her research and teaching career, which spans both the Medical Sciences Division and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division.



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Electron Microscopy (EM) Facility, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. Facility Manager, Dr Errin Johnson tells us about how the facility is being used by Oxford scientists to aid their research, and how you too can make use of it.


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Dr Molly Crockett, Sir Henry Wellcome Research Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology.


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Professor Kathryn Wood, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, talks about the work of her group, the Transplantation Research Immunology Group (TRIG), and tells us about her recent experience taking part in the Royal Society Westminster Pairing Scheme.


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Professor Ian Pavord, the newly appointed Statutory Chair in Respiratory Medicine. Professor Pavord recently joined the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.



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Oxford Vaccine Group (OVG), Department of Paediatrics. Professor Andrew Pollard, Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity and the group's Director tells us about their work.


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Arthritis Research UK Centre for Osteoarthritis Pathogenesis. Professor Tonia Vincent, the centre's Director, talks to us about the Centre and her work. The Centre was launched in 2013 and coincided with the relocation, from London to Oxford, of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology.


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Stroke Prevention Research Unit, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, receives the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. The unit’s founder, Professor Peter Rothwell tells us about the unit and what it means to receive such a prestigious prize.


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Dr Amanda Lewis tells us about her work and the work of the Behavioural Medicine Research Group, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.


Lab Talk Dec 14 smallProfessor Susan Lea, Statutory Chair of Microbiology, talks to us about the work going on in her lab, at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.



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Gene Medicine Research Group, Radcliffe Department of Medicine. Dr Deborah Gill and Dr Steve Hyde tell us more about this group which they lead.


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Computational Genomics: Analysis and Training (CGAT) programme, MRC Functional Genomics Unit. Drs Rebecca Bryant (Research Manager) and Andreas Heger, (Technical Director) describe the programme.



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Professor Kia Nobre, Director of the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA) and Head of the Brain and Cognition Lab, discusses OHBA's work.