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We are very sad to learn of the death of Sir Peter Lachmann, Patron of the CCMAA, on 26 December 2020. Sir Peter was an enthusiastic supporter of the Association, and will be greatly missed.



Sir Keith Peters

Dr Visvan Navaratnam

Prof Martin Johnson



Dr Tony Jewell



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




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)





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