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Newsletter Autumn 2021

 

Christ’s College Medical Alumni Association Newsletter Autumn 2021

 

Welcome to the Autumn 2021 Christ’s College Medical Alumni Association (CCMAA) newsletter. We apologise for not issuing regular newsletters over the past year but are now trying to catch up with activities and forward planning.

 

Webinars

We have not been entirely inactive; with the College Development Office we organised a couple of ‘Christ’s College and COVID’ webinars in March and April 2021.

 

The first Webinar looked at how the College managed during the first two waves of the pandemic and how this affected College life and the medical student experience. We also covered how the local public health teams worked with the University and how our local NHS responded to the challenge. We had a good audience and received positive feedback. Thanks extend to Senior Tutor Dr Robert Hunt, Students Abe Tolley (Year 3) and Isabelle Zou (Year 4) and Dr Mike Knapton (m 1977) who is a Non-Executive Director at Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust.

 

The second Webinar focused on how some of our Alumni and College staff have contributed nationally and internationally during the pandemic. Prof Paul Elliot talked about the REACT research programme and Prof Sarah Walker about the epidemiology of COVID-19 infection and vaccine immunity. Dr Maheshi Ramasamy shared some of her experience as part of the Oxford AZ Vaccine Group and Professor Dame Theresa Marteau reflected on her contribution to several SAGE advisory groups. The webinar covered many aspects of pandemic science and policy and was fascinating. Both webinars were recorded and are available on the website at:

 

https://alumni.christs.cam.ac.uk/pages/alumni-community/christs-college-webinar-series.

 

We were delighted to hear in the 2021 Birthday Honours that Professor Paul Elliot’s contribution was recognised by awarding him the CBE and Sarah Walker the OBE for her exemplary work. They both continue to lead the research and epidemiological outputs.

 

Our next Webinar is planned for November the 25th at 5pm with guests and topics include:

 

  • Prof Julian Tang (m 1986), Professor of Respiratory Sciences at University of Leicester; To Mask or not to Mask – that is the question.
  • Dr Lucy Jessop (m 1995), Director of Public Health at the National Immunisation Office ROI; Reflections on the successful rollout of the national immunisation programme in Ireland.
  • Prof Paul Moss (m 1980), Deputy Head of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and Professor of Haematology at the University of Birmingham; The immune response to SARS-CoV-2-lessons from the UK Immunology Consortium.
  • Prof Theresa Marteau DBE FMedSci (Bye-Fellow), Director Behaviour and Health Research Unit University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Science in the time of COVID: Reflections on the event’s research programme.

 

Alumni were emailed with the invitation to register and the webinar will be by Zoom. There is no charge to attend. There will be opportunities for Q&A and the webinar will be scheduled to last for 90 minutes.

 

Biennial Conference

In 2020 we had planned our biennial conference on Prevention and the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Women at Christ’s College. However, due to the pandemic and the lockdown policies, we postponed the conference. The Committee have reviewed the situation and feel that both the subjects remain relevant and we have some excellent speakers lined up. We propose to hold the Conference as planned on 23 April 2022.

 

Due to the uncertainty that still surrounds the pandemic we will plan the Conference as a Hybrid Event which will allow us to have in person attendance if possible, a mixed event or a wholly on line Zoom event. The programme will be finalised and circulated once we have secured our speakers.

 

We will have dinner and drinks in the Hall following the Conference.

 

The Officers and Steering Committee

The CCMAA have three Patrons and Executive Officers as follows:

 

Patrons – Dr Visvanathan Navaratnam, FAS

                  Prof Martin Johnson, FRCOG, FMedSci FRS

                  Pro Sir Keith Peters, ScD, FRS, FRCP

President – Dr Tony Jewell

Secretary – Dr Isabel Hunag-Doran

Treasurer – Prof Jonathan Gillard, FRCR

 

The Patrons and Officers look to the College Directors of Studies and the CCMAA Steering Committee for guidance and support.

 

We are always looking to welcome new members to join our CCMAA Steering Committee, which is not an onerous role and benefits from a spread of matriculation years. The current members with their matriculation years is as follows:

 

Dame Theresa Marteau (Bye Fellow)

Arnold Fertig – 1968

Mike Knapton -1977

Fazal Hasan - 1979

Judith Allanson – 1980

Sanjay Jariwala – 1990

Tom Turmezei – 1996

Abteen Mostofi – 2002

Ali Amini – 2004

Dylan Mac Lochlainn - 2009

Liam Flynn – 2011

E A Weatherstone - 2013

Rishi Umeria - 2016

 

We would like to ensure that existing members are content to remain as members and we welcome nominations of new people. The next Steering Committee meeting will be held in College in the morning before the Biennial Conference starts, with Zoom access if required.

 

It was agreed that the current and former CC Medical Society Presidents are invited to be members so that we can ensure a positive link between undergraduate medics and alumni. We are in addition looking to support joint events with the students in term time on a diverse range of topics.

 

Please contact me or Isabel Huang-Doran, our Secretary, if you want to step down or join the Committee.

 

Travel Prize

The Tim Heymann Travel prize was not awarded in 2021 due to the interruption to electives and overseas travel by the pandemic. The 2020 prize was awarded to Vladimir Popa-Nimigean who will be invited to make a presentation of his project at our next Conference. Congratulations to Vladimir.

 

Dr Tony Jewell

President

Patrons

Sir Keith Peters

Dr Visvan Navaratnam

Prof Martin Johnson

 

President

Dr Tony Jewell

 

Secretary

Dr Isabel Huang-Doran

 

Steering Committee:

 

Drs Judith Allanson, Jonathan Gillard, Fazal Hasan, Mike Knapton, Arnold Fertig, Martin Johnson, Visvan Navaratnam, Theresa Marteau, Andrew Sharkey, Samuel Perkins, Tom Turmezei, Ali Amini, Dylan Mac Lochlainn, Abteen Mostofi, Erin Weatherstone, Liam Flynn, Sanjay Jariwala, and Isabelle Zou (CCMS President 2019-20).

 

Christ’s College Medical Alumni Association Newsletter Winter 2019

 

CCMAA Conference

The next CCMAA conference is planned for the 18th April 2020 and will be on the theme of Prevention. We have two College Fellows to provide keynote speeches - Prof Margaret Stanley OBE on the HPV story and Prof Dame Theresa Marteau to talk about her work on ‘changing minds about changing behaviour’. They will be supported by two contributions from Dr Judith Allanson (m.1980) on using brain injury as an example of the different types of prevention and hearing about how NHS England is developing their prevention policies from Dr John Barber (m.2003).

 

In the second part of the afternoon we will hold a debate on “Experiencing gender discrimination in clinical practice and research” This session will be introduced and Chaired by Dr Julia Chisholm (m.1980), Consultant in Paediatric and TYA oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital. A Panel of the speakers, including the CMS President, Isabelle Zou (m.2017), will support Julia but we will be looking for audience participation.

 

The planning of the conference has been undertaken in recognition of the 40th anniversary in 2019 of the admission of women to Christ’s College. Hence the invitation to two prominent female speakers to give the keynotes and to have the debate focused on gender and gender discrimination in medicine. The full programme is here below and we encourage alumni to put the date in your diary.

 

In order to encourage Christ’s medical students to attend the conference we have made the date the weekend before the summer term starts so sadly there is no College accommodation available but we will have the Conference dinner in Hall as usual.

 

Medical student electives

We had a joint meeting with the Christ’s College Medical Society on the 18th October 2019 on the topic of medical student electives. Some final year medical students gave some short presentations on their electives. This provided a range of interesting and varied experiences from Australia and Vanuatu, to Berlin. Professor Stephen Bown (m. 1962) gave a presentation on his travel award scheme for Christ’s students wanting to visit LMICs and focus on some of the public health challenges in resource poor populations including access to contraception and family planning. The Stephen Bown award, which offers a £300 supplement to the College elective grant, is another opportunity alongside the Tim Heymann Travel prize, which is awarded each year via a competitive process with a monetary value of £300 and something to note on the CV! The prizewinners will be invited to give a short presentation on their electives at the conference.

 

We hope to continue with these joint meetings, which provide feedback and shared learning for students to plan their elective and also access local resources such as the Cambridge Global Health Partnership (CGHP) team who support students plan their electives to be ethical and safe. See the Cambridge Ethical Electives resource at http//cghp@act4addenbrookes.org.uk.

 

Alumni meetings planned

Another initiative the CCMAA is supporting with the CMS students is to host an evening meeting where 2-3 CCM Alumni make short presentations (10-15mins) on their careers and what they have learned from the experience and the choices they made. This would lead into a general discussion with contemporary students. We are looking for CCMAA volunteers to undertake this so please contact Isabel or myself if interested.

 

Information sharing

We also want to share information about CCM Alumni who have been recognised in some way for their work. We may not get to know about such events so please don’t be shy. One such example is Professor Mike Morgan (m.1969) who was awarded the 2019 British Thoracic Society (BTS) medal at the recent BTS conference.

 

Support the work of the CCMAA

The CCMAA encourages alumni to volunteer to contribute to our work and increase our interaction with current students at Christ’s and help young doctors to advance their careers. We keep a CCMAA fund, which needs to be replenished through regular donations. These can be made via the Christ’s College Alumni website at http//www.alumni@christs.cam.ac.uk  If Alumni would like to engage more actively in joining the Committee please contact me or our Secretary Isabel Huang Doran.

 

Finally, it was with great sadness that we heard of the premature death in a road traffic crash of Dr Mike Timmons (m.1967) who was a successful plastic surgeon, a speaker at our CCMAA conferences and strong supporter of our work. We sent our condolences to his family.

 

Dr Tony Jewell

President

 

UPDATED CCMAA CONFERENCE TIMETABLE

Christ’s College Medical Alumni Association

& Christ’s College Medical Society

Saturday 18th April 2020

Yusuf Hamied Lecture Theatre, Christ’s College, Cambridge

  

 

11.15:                      Meeting of the CCMAA steering committee (Room Z3)

 

13.00:                      Arrival & Registration

 

13.30-13.45:           President’s Welcome & Announcements               

                                Dr Tony Jewell (m. 1969) - CCMAA President

 

13.45-14.15:           Tim Heymann Memorial Travel Prize Award – Student Presentations

                                  2018/19 prizewinner: Natalie Weller (m. 2013)

                                  2019/20 prizewinner: TBC     

 

Session 1: Prevention, Health and Wellbeing

Chair: Dr Isabel Huang Doran (m. 2004) – Fellow & CCMAA Secretary

 

14.15-14.55:           Protecting health: the HPV story

                                 Professor Margaret Stanley OBE (Fellow)

                                 Emeritus Professor of Epithelial Biology, Department of Pathology

 

15.00-15.40             Protecting health: Changing minds about changing behaviour

                                   Professor Dame Theresa Marteau DBE FMedSci (Fellow)

Director, Behaviour and Health Research Unit, Department of Public Health & Primary Care

Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy

University of Cambridge Institute of Public Health

 

15.40-16.00:           Tea & Coffee

 

16.00-16.15:            Preventing brain injuries and their sequelae

                                   Dr Judith Allanson (m. 1980)

Consultant in Neurological Rehabilitation, Addenbrooke’s Hospital

 

16.15-16.30             Prevention and NHS England

                                   Dr John Barber (m. 2003) NHSE Medical Leadership Fellow

 

Session 2: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Women at Christ’s

Chair: Dr Julia Chisholm (m. 1980), Consultant in Paediatric and TYA oncology, Royal Marsden Hospital

 

16.35-16.45             Introduction to Debate: Experiencing gender discrimination in Clinical Practice and Research –

                                  Dr Julia Chisholm

 

Conference debate and voting on propositions

Panel: Dr Judith Allanson, Professor Dame Theresa Marteau, Professor Margaret Stanley, Ms Isabelle Zou (m. 2017)

 

17.45                       Summary & Close

                                 Dr Tony Jewell (m1969)

                               

19.00                       Drinks Reception in the Fellows’ Garden (OCR if wet)

 

19.30                       Dinner in Hall

                                  Speaker: Dr Andrew Sharkey (m. 1979)

 

 

 

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CCMAA eNewsletter Spring 2019

 

Welcome to the May 2019 Christ’s College Medical Alumni Association (CCMAA) newsletter. The CCMAA is the alumni part of the Christ’s College Medical Society (CC Med Soc) and we work closely with the medical student members. A date for your diaries is Saturday April 18th 2020 when we host our next bi-annual conference and dinner in College. We will also have a CCMAA Committee meeting at 11 am before the Conference.

 

We are in the process of planning the event and would welcome ideas from students and alumni. Please remember, though, that we do like to get speakers who are either current members of the College or Alumni. We want the event to engage medical students and have therefore chosen the weekend before term starts in the hope that the timing will enable better attendance by them. It will mean, however, that the College will not have rooms available to stay overnight.

 

There have been a couple of key events, which we have organised since our last bi-annual Conference held in April 2018.

 

The first was a talk on ‘Medical Negligence- ethics and the law’ given by Robert Weir QC (m. 1988) on the 11th October 2018. Robert is a Barrister at Devereux Chambers in London and specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence matters. Amongst other roles he has been Chair of the Personal Injuries Bar Association and is an arbitrator for the Personal Injury Claims Arbitration Service. He has won numerous awards including the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury award’s outstanding case of 2015. This related to the case of X v Dartford NHS Trust & Gravesham (2015) 1 WLR 3647 Court of Appeal which accepted Robert’s submission to change the approach to anonymity in approval hearings.

 

Robert studied Medicine at Christ’s but switched to Law and after graduating did an MA in Law at Kings College, London. He was called to the Bar in 1992 and took Silk in 2010. When asked why he switched from medicine to the law he says that he ‘was too squeamish and it is a lot easier being a lawyer and talking than a doctor and doing’. His talk in College was well attended by medical students, a Christ’s law student and Alumni. We were grateful to the Master Jane Stapleton who attended the talk, and gave us the benefit of her academic and professional contribution in the field, and also joined us at High Table in College for dinner.

 

The other main event was the visit to the Francis Crick Institute in London on the 16th November 2018. The visit was facilitated by our Patron, Prof Sir Keith Peters, and hosted by Prof Sir Richard Treisman (m. 1974) who is Research Director at the Institute and Honorary Fellow of Christ’s College. The Institute is a unique partnership between six of the world’s leading biomedical research organisations – the MRC, CRUK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL, Imperial CL and KCL. It is a biomedical discovery research centre dedicated to understanding the biology underlying health and disease. It was formed in 2015 and brings together 1500 scientists and support staff in a modern, state of the art, building in London near St Pancras station.

 

The joint visit was fascinating and we heard from four clinical researchers who gave us an insight into why they had chosen this career path and what research area they were involved with. We were also able to have a guided tour of this wonderful modern building, designed to encourage cross fertilisation between the various disciplines and research groups. There was a real enthusiasm communicated by the young researchers and a palpable ‘buzz’ as we visited the Institute. Thanks to Prof Keith Peters who joined us for the visit and had played a crucial role in the concept and planning of the Institute.

 

Since our last newsletter Dr Isabel Huang-Doran (m. 2004) has become our Secretary. Isabel is a relatively new Fellow at Christ’s and her academic research interest is in reproductive biology. She is a Clinical Lecturer in Endocrinology in the Wellcome/MRC Metabolic Medicine Centre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. We are delighted that Isabel has agreed to support this work.

 

Dr Tony Jewell (m. 1969)

President

 

 
     
 

THE CCMAA

The CCMAA is open to any Christ's member who studied medicine or went on to work in a medically related career. The association aims to bring together members sharing a common interest in both medicine and Christ's at regular intervals in Cambridge and elsewhere to promote the exchange of ideas, to network and last, but by no means least, to socialise. Events usually feature discussions, lectures and a dinner. All alumni who are recorded as having studied medical sciences, natural sciences or affiliated subjects are invited to CCMAA events. Alumni who have gone into medical careers subsequently are also very welcome. 

On behalf of the CCMAA, Dr Tom Turmezei (m. 1996) is running a profiling project of medical alumni to build a database of information on areas of expertise, interest, research etc. If you would like your profile to be included, you can contact Tom on tom@turmezei.com. The steering committee is now developing this initiative in conjunction with the Christ’s College Medical Society (CCMS) by creating a new website for alumni that will be linked to the CCMS website so that we can build network and mentoring opportunities between alumni and current preclinical and clinical students.

If you would like to find out more about the Association, contribute to these project developments, or join the mailing list please get in touch with us: alumni@christs.cam.ac.uk

To view the Dr Tim Heymann Memorial Travel Prize click here

To view the Spring 2018 Newsletter click here

To view the Spring 2016 Newsletter click here

To view the Summer 2015 Newsletter click here