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Staff and students from across the department gathered on Thursday 19 January for the annual NDS Research Away Day.

The event, held this year at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford, aimed to showcase the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and its current research activities.

There was a varied programme with talks from guest speakers Gillies McKenna from theNDS Research Away Day 2017© NDS Department of Oncology, Constantin Coussios from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Jenny Donovan from West of England Academic Health Science Network, presentations from NDS researchers and a session on the inner workings of NDS.

PGR students, ACFs, ACLs and other researchers within the department were given the opportunity to present their research through short presentations and posters. Those judged to have given the best talk and presented the best poster were presented with a certificate by the Head of Department, Professor Freddie Hamdy.

Congratulations to the prize winners:

Fadi Issa - Best Oral Presentation for The TWO study - a phase 2 trial of regulatory T cell therapy in renal transplantation

Christina Turner - Best Poster Presentation for Leukaemia inhibitory factor is increased in human bone-metastatic prostate cancer; a novel mediator of prostate-cancer-induced bone disease?

Professor Hamdy also announced the winners of the inaugural NDS Staff Awards. All members of the department were asked to nominate colleagues in four categories, and the winners were decided by the NDS Staffing Committee.

Congratulations to the award winners:

Peter Moles - NDS Employee of the Year

Tarryn Ching - NDS Citizen of the Year

Lisa Hughes and Gemma Horbatowski (HR) - NDS Team of the Year

Richard Bryant - NDS Scientific Achievement of the Year for his research into a new form of treatment for prostate cancer

The day ended with a well-deserved drinks reception.

NDS Staff Awards 2017© NDS

Pictured above from L to R: Peter Moles, Gemma Horbatowski and Lisa Hughes.

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