Young Scientists and Clinicians at the Institute
The Institute has a major role in training young scientists, clinical and non-clinical, who either wish to pursue careers in basic medical research or spend short periods in research during their clinical training. Most of the scientists in the building are research students and post-doctoral fellows. The Institute caters for them with a variety of activities including a welcoming party, a programme of seminars in basic techniques and infrastructure. There are additional programmes in Bioinformatics from the Institute housed Computational Biology Research Group (CBRG). Students are supported by a Post Graduate Committee, which appoints second advisors. Students are encouraged to form their own research seminar and discussion groups. Students are also members of an Oxford College, which gives them strong links to the University and further support.
Another major aim has been to interest medical students and young clinicians in this important field. Clinical staff are regularly informed of work in the Institute at the John Radcliffe Hospital Medical Staff Rounds. Clinical students can spend time in the Institute or associated laboratories overseas during their elective periods. A large number of young clinicians have gained MRC, Wellcome Trust or CRUK Clinical Training Fellowships to work for a DPhil degree in the Institute and several of these have gone on to obtain Clinician Scientist Fellowships and Senior Fellowship awards. Senior Staff in the Institute are very familiar with the difficulties of combining advance clinical training with development of a research career; Clinician Scientists have successfully completed their CCSTs in fields that include General Medicine, Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases, Haematology, Medical Oncology, Dermatology, Respiratory Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Immunology, Nephrology and Gastroenterology, Surgery including Urology, Head and Neck Cancer, Gastrointestinal Surgery and Plastic Surgery.