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Dr Dimitrios Doultsinos, Prostate Cancer Research Associate at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS), recently took part in a sixth form careers evening at Abingdon School.

On Friday 15 November, Abingdon School in Oxfordshire welcomed over 150 boys and over 50 OAs (Old Abingdonians), including Dr Doultsinos, to their largest to date Sixth Form Careers Evening in the Yang Science Centre.

"Having studied at Abingdon during the period 2003-2005, I remembered how difficult choosing a career path was especially when taking A-Levels," said Dr Doultsinos. "As such, this careers event was valuable on two fronts. Firstly, it provided pupils at the school with a broad view of career paths they could follow in the medical sciences whilst secondly providing me with an opportunity to practice communicating what I do for a living to an audience outside the fields of medicine and research."

Dr Doultsinos started his university career as a medical student at the University of Sheffield and veered off into a translational research career by undertaking a project in translational endocrinology at the University of Birmingham and old Queen Elizabeth Hospital whilst obtaining a BMedSci. Subsequently, he obtained a GMP certification by the MHRA and carried out a research project investigating the genetics of ALS at Hammersmith Hospital and the Burlington Danes Neurosciences division as part of an MRes in Clinical Research and Translational Medicine in designing clinical trials at Imperial College London. Thereafter, he obtained a MSCA ITN fellowship to work in designing novel therapeutics and stem cell biology in neuro-oncology (in particular Glioblastoma) which culminated in several publications and the award of a PhD.

Now a research fellow in NDS, based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Dr Doultsinos continues his work in cancer drug discovery and translational research in treatment-resistant prostate cancer.

View the photos from the Sixth Form Careers Evening (Abingdon School website)