The Robinson College Medical Society has a number of talks planned for Michaelmas and Lent terms. Our first looks at how to enter a clinical academic career and will be delivered by two academic clinicians. Dr Naomi Deakin is training in Neurosurgery and has carried out research into concussion in sport. Dr Norman Shreeve is currently undertaking a PhD having spent a couple of years working in the clinic. They will outline how their careers have developed, how and why they made the choices they did and what they hope to do in the future.

Dr Robin Lachmann studied at Trinity College and has conducted research into gene therapies for lysosomal storage disorders. He is a consultant at UCLH and runs a unit looking after adults with rare inherited metabolic diseases. His talk will cover the ways in which we can treat these and will no doubt illustrate how an understanding of biochemistry is important from a clinical perspective. This will help put the MIMs course into context for first year students and for those in higher years and present a view on the subject from a perspective of an expert in the field.

Dr Rahul Roychoudhuri is a group leader at the Babraham institute based just outside Cambridge. He investigates how the immune system is regulated and suppressed by peripheral tolerance, faults of which can lead to autoimmune diseases and allergic reactions. Processes related to these are important in some cancers. He recently received the prestigious Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowship and will examine how gene regulators cause changes to T- cells in the immune system to control peripheral tolerance and immunosuppression.

The final lecture of the year will be given by Professor Wolfram Schultz, the joint winner of the Brain Prize in 2017 for his research into the brain’s reward system.  His talk will be geared towards the second year NEURO course and consequently will have relevance to all those in subsequent years whilst acting as something of an introduction to those in the first year.

The general format as indicated on the term card will be: 17:50 for a 18:00 start, followed by drinks and a formal. We have also set up a Mailing list as a way of communicating changes. If you’d like to be part of it, please search for ‘soc-robinson-medical’ on the Hermes list function or click the link below.

The Robinson College Medical Society Termcard