Medics’ Day 2019

2nd March 2019

Somerville Medics Day – Saturday 2nd March 2019

We would like to warmly invite you to our annual Medics Day. The price for the Medics Day is £35, or £50 if you would like to sponsor a current student to attend, and £25 for those who are matric 2005 and later, payable to Somerville College.  Guests are welcome and those who would like to come for tea only are welcome at no extra charge, but please advise numbers.  When you book, please let us know of any dietary or other requirements and also of any change in your employment details.

Please reply by 22nd  February.  You may book and pay with a card by telephoning Amelia on 01865 280626. Or you may book online by clicking here.

If you do not wish to receive mailings from the Somerville Medics’ Group, please notify Liz Cooke (

Please note that there is no parking available on the Radcliffe Infirmary site and we regret that we can only offer parking in College to the disabled.  There is a regular Park-and-Ride service from the Pear Tree roundabout, stopping very close to Somerville.



Nature versus Nurture

10.00am:     Coffee and registration in the Margaret Thatcher Centre

10.30am       Welcome by the President of the Somerville Medics Group, Dame Fiona Caldicott  Chair of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Morning session to be chaired by Dr June Raine (1971, Physiology), Chair of the Somerville Medics

10.35             Prof. Matthew Wood (Professor of Neuroscience, Fellow of Somerville): New Approaches for Genetic Disorders – Making the Vision Reality

11.20             Dr Natalie Shenker (1997, Physiology), Founder of the Hearts Milk Bank, a centre that combines innovation and research into human milk, and donor milk provision for all babies who could benefit: The Human Milk Foundation: unravelling the mysteries of milk

11.55            Dr Kezia Gaitskell (2002, Medicine) did her DPhil in Oxford’s Cancer Epidemiology Unit and is now an Academic Clinical Lecturer int he Nuffield Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences: Nature vs Nurture in Understanding Cancer Risk Factors

12.30          Dr Helen Ashdown: Report on Medicine in Somerville Today

12.40         Reception

1.00           Luncheon in Hall

Afternoon session to be chaired by Dr Natasha Robinson (1972, Physiology)

2.15           Dr Emma Whitehouse (1998, Physiology), GP & Clinical Lead for Cancer, End of Life Care & Frailty, Surrey Heath CCG ,and Dr Lucy Abbott, (Imperial College),  Consultant Geriatrician, Lead for Frailty at Frimley Park Hospital and Clinical Lead for the Frimley STP Frailty Alignment Board: Managing Frailty Across the Acute and Community Interface

3.00         Showcasing of Student Finalists’ Projects:

Three students will give short (5 minute) presentations.  These are their Final Honour School Research Project vivas, describing the laboratory projects (8-14 weeks long) undertaken as part of their FHS year.  A Prize for ‘Potential for Scientific Progress’ will be awarded.

Nandana Syam (2016) – Predictors of Treatment Outcome in BPD

Lara Reed (2016) – Investigation of group 2 innate lymphoid cell steroid resistance

Sarah Peters (2016) – Assessing the usefulness of plasma fatty acids as postprandial biomarkers of dietary fat intake

3.30        AGM, followed by Tea

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