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DPhil start date

Trinity Term 2019

Project title

Sentinel Skin Flaps for Immune Monitoring in Heart Transplant Recipients


Professor Peter Friend and Professor Henk Giele

Calum Honeyman

BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCS

DPhil student and Plastic Surgery Registrar

I am an ST5 Plastic Surgery registrar in Scotland currently taking three years out of training to complete my DPhil in Oxford. I received an undergraduate honours degree from the University of St Andrews before completing my medical training at the University of Manchester. After graduation I spent four years in Bristol before starting my registrar training in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Throughout this time I developed research interests in vascularised composite allotransplantation, head and neck reconstruction and improving outcomes on short-term reconstructive mission in Africa.

I am currently a first year DPhil student working with Professor Henk Giele and Professor Peter Friend looking at the utility of vascularised sentinel skin flaps in the early detection of rejection in heart transplant recipients.

This project will involve a multi-centre, non-randomised observational study and laboratory analysis of tissue and blood samples with the aim of identifying biomarker targets that may precede the standard clinical parameters of acute rejection.