RCoA Facing Africa Fellowship 2018

Well done to Oxford anaesthetic registrar Dr Anika Sud on being appointed to the 2018 Royal College of Anaesthetists Facing Africa Fellowship.

This RCoA Fellowship funds one anaesthetic registrar each year to travel and work with the charity Facing Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, providing facial reconstructive surgery for noma patients.



10th Oxford Colloquium on Medical Education

“Aspiring to Excellence”

26th September 2018

St Anne's College

This engaging but relaxed meeting is now in its tenth year. It will
include a mixture of plenary sessions, interactive sessions and debates.
It aims to bring together medical educators for discussion of both
practical and theoretical aspects of medical training.


  • Prof Roger Kneebone, Professor of Surgical Education and Engagement Science, Imperial College London
  • Dr Daniele Bryden, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine andHonorary Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Helen Higham, Consultant Anaesthetists and Medical Director ofthe OxSTaR Centre, University of Oxford
  • Prof Chris McManus, Professor of Psychology and Medical Education,University College London
  • Dr Denis O’Leary, Consultant Psychiatrist and Member of the ThamesValley Professional Support Unit
  • Prof Brian Angus, Clinical Tutor in Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Prof Marion Lynch, Deputy Medical Director NHS England South and Visiting Professor, University of West London
  • Dr Catherine Swales, Associate Director of Clinical Studies,University of Oxford

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Prof Tracey in The New Yorker

The July 2nd 2018 issue of The New Yorker features the Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences Professor Irene Tracey, and her research into the neuroscience of pain. New Yorker journalist Nicola Twilley came to Oxford in February to meet Irene Tracey and find out about her life's work on the neuroscience of pain. The feature length article covers the genesis of Irene's interest in pain, and charts her experiments over the years that have earned her the nickname 'Queen of Pain' in the research community.


Feldberg Prize Winner and Lecture 2018

“Why time does not heal all wounds: Chronic Pain”

Professor Rohini Kunar


Thursday 26th July 2018 4pm, Rooms A&B, Level 6, West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception

Hosted by the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford.


Pain is simultaneously an angel and a tormentor! At the heart of an expanding and dynamic area in biomedical sciences lies the question about how normal 'pain', which is considered a protective body function in every day life, can change into a severely debilitating chronic disease that ruins the quality of life in a large fraction of the world's population. What happens when a physiological pain reaction turns into a self-sustained activity of the nervous system? Which molecular cascades come into play, and importantly, can this knowledge be employed to reverse pathological pain?

I would like to discuss work showing that the spinal dorsal horn, the first venue where pain-sensing incoming afferents from the periphery communicate with the central nervous system, is an important seat of functional changes that can trigger and sustain pathological pain and then go on to discuss the molecular identity of key players and their precise orchestration at spinal synapses.

Pain being an area of immense medical relevance and extraordinary socioeconomic importance, I would like to review some of our work that has directly paved the way for drug discovery. Finally, I would like to turn the spotlight on the neocortex of the brain, which can be seen as a "final frontier" in pain research, and which remains the most complex, least studied of all avenues in the pain pathway. Here, I will discuss a promising strategy based upon combining an entire arsenal on the molecular biology and neurogenetics of pain with cutting-edge methods for interrogating neural circuits, such as optogenetics, in vivo imaging across scales and electrophysiology in awake behaving mice.


Rohini Kuner is a Full Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Director of the Institute for Pharmacology, Medical Faculty Heidelberg, Heidelberg University, Germany. She was trained in pharmacology, neuroscience and mouse genetics at the University of Iowa City, USA, the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg and Heidelberg University. She is the Spokesperson and Leading Scientist of the Heidelberg Pain Consortium (Collaborative Research Center 1158 funded by the German Research Foundation). It spans research activities from over 40 research groups and numerous disciplines in the basic sciences as well as clinical centres addressing neural icircuits mediatninng panninn and their reorgansissation and plasticcity nin chroncicc paninn sataaatees. Rohnini Kuner’s research interests span neurobiological mechanisms underlying chronic pain disorders, elucidation of neural circuits mediating pain and other neurological disorders, cell-cell interactions in the nervous system and development of new strategies for pharmacological therapies. She is particularly known for her work on the molecular neurobiology of pain and has received  several  national  and  international  scientific  awards  for  uncovering  key  molecules  mediating  pain  of inflammatory, neuropathic or cancer origin.


OXDAT Burns/Spinal Wednesday 18th July 2018

Venue: Seminar Room in the Postgraduate centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury

0830 OxDAT Meeting (Including presentation by Nick Dobson and Georgina Wilson on ‘Little Sparks’)

0930 Spinal cord injury – function, disability & health Dr Alex Rouse, SpR NSIC

1030 Coffee

1045 Anaesthesia for the patient with spinal cord injuries Dr Aliki Manoras, Consultant Anaesthetist/Intensivist

1130 Burns – a surgical perspective Miss Alex Murray, Consultant Plastic Surgeon

1230 Lunch

1330 Anaesthesia for elective spinal surgery Dr Jeremy Drake, Consultant Anaesthetist

1415 Anaesthesia and intensive care for the burns patient Dr Justin Mandeville, Consultant Anaesthetist/Intensivist

1500 Coffee

1515 Anaesthesia for free flap surgery Dr Pura Ribes, Consultant Anaesthetist

1600 Close