Dr Issa, who is a researcher in the Transplantation Research Immunology Group at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, presented data on 'Prevention of human skin rejection by selective blockade of CD28 costimulatory signalling' (Fadi Issa, Masaaki Zaitsu, Joanna Hester, Kate Milward, Bernard Vanhove, Kathryn Wood).
The Inaugural Oxford Surgical Symposium was held in the Academic Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital on 10 July 2015. Trainees were invited to submit abstracts in one of the following catergories: audit, clinical research and academic research. The top five abstracts in each category were selected for oral presentation and a prize was awarded to the best presentation in each category, as judged by the expert panel. The day also included plenary sessions and a debate with expert surgeons and academics.
Dr Issa said: 'The Inaugural Oxford Surgical Symposium was a fantastic showcase of the breadth of basic science and clinical research undertaken in surgery in the region. The presentations were hugely intellectually stimulating and highlighted many avenues for collaboration and future research. Professor Harold Ellis, Emeritus Professor of Surgery in the University of London, gave a fascinating talk. It was an honour to receive the prize and I look forward to next year’s symposium.'
During the same symposium, Dr Trevor Yeung won the prize for the Best Higher Surgical Trainee Presentation. Read the full story.