CCMAA eNewsletter Spring 2018


Patrons          Sir Peter Lachmann

                        Dr Visvan Navaratnam

                        Prof Martin Johnson


President      Dr Tony Jewell


Secretary      Dr David Thomas     


Steering Committee:


Drs Judith Allanson. Jonathan Gillard, Fazal Hasan, Mike Knapton, Arnold Fertig, Martin Johnson, Visvan Navaratnam, Theresa Marteau, Andrew Sharkey, Jasmine Bawa, Samuel Perkins, Tom Turmezei, Ali Amini. Dylan Mac Lochlainn, Abteen Mostofi, Erin Weatherstone, Liam Flynn and Sanjay Jariwala  


Congratulations to:


Sir Keith Peters (Fellow) who has been honoured by the award of the Knights Grand Cross of the British Empire (GBE) for services to the Advancement of Medical Science.


Also since our last newsletter Prof Theresa Marteau (Fellow) has been appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and Prof Jim Smith (m1973) has been knighted for services to Medical Research and Science Education.


Our Secretary Dr David Thomas (fellow) has been awarded a Stage 2 Wellcome Trust  Clinical Career Development Research Fellowship (CRCDF) with a major grant to support a team of researchers. This follows David winning several prizes and is a very competitive process.


Joint Conference with the CCMS Jan 2017


This conference on the theme Choosing Careers was well attended and successful event. Prof Paresh Vyas a Professor of Haematology from Oxford was the keynote speaker and was ably supported by an interactive session with Dr Mike Timmons who has published his approach in BMJ Careers. Timmons, M. Choices, choices:how to select a specialty. BMJ Careers 7th April 2016.



CCMAA Steering Committee


The Steering Committee had a meeting in November 2017  The main items in the discussion were the planning of a joint visit to the new Francis Crick Centre and the forthcoming  April 2018 Conference. Details of the new Tim Heymann Travel Scholarship prize were clarified and the prize winner will be announced at the next conference after a competitive process involving Christ’s College undergraduate and clinical students. Tim Heymann’s widow Amanda Rowlett will be joining us for the award presentation.


Saturday 14th April 2018 Conference and dinner


We are still taking registrations for this April’s CCMAA conference. The aim of the conference is to explore ‘Ethics, the Law and Patients’ Choice……..


The programme is as follows: Saturday 14th April 2018


10.45:              Screening of Simon’s choice documentary (Lloyd room -everyone welcome)

11.45:              Meeting of the steering committee in V5ii (coffee and tea provided)

12.45:              Sandwich Lunch in the Function Room

13.30-13.55:    Business Meeting, Chaired by Tony Jewell, President (Yusuf Hamied Lecture Theatre)

To be discussed:

  • Notes from last meetings
  • Medical Alumni web page/profiles
  • State of the fund
  • Committee membership and appointment of President and Secretary
  • Appointment of new Patrons - Prof Martin Johnson and Prof Sir Keith Peters


14.00               President’s welcome to meeting and announcements.

                        Welcome to the Master - Professor Jane Stapleton

14.00-14.30     Presentation of the Tim Heymann Travel Prize and Report from Prize Winner.

14.30-15:00     Robert Weir QC (m.1988)Medical negligence – ethics and the law’.

15:00-15:30     Kevin Turner FRCS (m.1987) ‘Helping surgeons when things go wrong’.


15.30-16.00:    Tea (Function Room)


16.00              Chair: Theresa Marteau (Fellow)

16.00-16.30:    Dr Larry Amure (m.1976) ‘Reflections on ‘Simon’s Choice’’.

16.30-17.15:    Dr Tom Boyd (m.1970) Interactive session – ‘Reasonable and responsible clinical practice – you decide’.

17.15-18.00:    Panel and delegates to debate and vote on propositions from ‘Ethics, the law and patients choice’.

Panel to include speakers and Jasmine Bawa (President CC Medical Society).



19.15:              Drinks in the Fellows’ Garden (OCR if too cold or wet)


19.45:              Dinner in Hall (black tie or dark suit)



After-dinner speaker Dr Mike Knapton (m. 1977)

Vote of thanks by Dr Arnold Fertig (m. 1968)


Sunday 15th April 2018


08.30 – 09.45:             Breakfast for alumni staying overnight in College, and others (on request)

09.45 – 10.45:             Screening of Simons Choice documentary – Lloyd Room (everyone welcome)

If required there will be a debriefing meeting for Steering Group in V5ii

10.30- 11.30:               Coffee in the Master’s Garden or SCR (if wet)




Please note that the BBC documentary ‘Simon’s Choice’ which features a Christ’s Alumnus Simon Binner (m. 1976) will be screened at 10.45 on Saturday 14th April in the Lloyd room and again on Sunday morning at 9.45 am. Dr Larry Amure (m 1976) who was a friend of Simon’s at Christ’s and a GP will speak about the documentary at the Conference but will only show some short clips of the BAFTA nominated documentary during the Conference. It is not easy to find the full programme on the Internet so please join the sessions to watch this challenging programme about an increasingly important aspect to modern clinical practice.


We would encourage as many Christ’s College Students, Fellows and Alumni to attend the Conference and Dinner as it is a unique opportunity for Alumni to attend a quality conference run by and for Christ’s College Alumni, Fellows and Students. It is a ‘family gathering’ and an opportunity to reconnect to contemporaries and the life of the College.


If you are unable to attend the Conference please keep in touch with the CCMAA directly through me or via the Development Office


Dr Tony Jewell



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

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