Vaccination

GET TO KNOW US

NOTCH Board 2021-22

 
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MARK BAXTER

Chair

Mark is a Medical Oncology trainee based in Dundee. He is currently OOP doing a PhD funded by the Scottish Chief Scientist Office. His primary research interests relate to Geriatric Oncology and Realistic Medicine in Gastroesophageal cancer. He is on the study management group for both the TOASTIE and TOURISM studies and is happy to discuss anything sport related.

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MICHAEL ROWE

Vice Chair

Mike is a Clinical Oncology ST6 based in the South West of England. He has been involved in NOTCH since it went national in 2019 and held the trainee representative position for the South West and South Coast for 2 years before accepting the position of Vice Chair in 2021. He is excited to continue developing the network and setting up further national projects. He is on the Study Management Group for the TOASTIE study and Principle Investigator on the study in University Hospitals Plymouth. He has an interest in Lung, Urological and GI cancers.

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SANGARY KATHIRGAMAKARTHIGEYAN

Secretary

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JOON HO

Communications Lead

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ABIGAIL GAULT

Treasurer

Abi is a medical oncology trainee within the Northern region. She is currently taking time out of training to undertake a PhD, her area of interest is the microbiome as a mediator of human immune dysregulation. She currently acts as treasurer for NOTCH, having also led one of the initial projects on advanced thymomas and thymic carcinomas.

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MATT ANDERSON

Education and Events

Matt is a Clinical Oncology trainee based in the North East of England. He is the events lead for NOTCH and is excited to help organise the groups first face to face research symposium. His interests lie in the use of SABR and lung cancer. Outside of work he is keen on all things Football and Golf.

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KARIN PURSHOUSE

Representative for Scotland

Karin is a Medical Oncology Trainee based in Edinburgh. She is currently an ECAT Clinical Lecturer undertaking a PhD funded by the Wellcome Trust, where she is studying the spatial organisation of the genetics of glioblastoma.  She is co-lead of the TOURISM study and her main interests are translational oncology and early phase clinical trials.

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RACHEL PRICHARD

Representative for the North East of England

Rachel is a medical oncology trainee based in Newcastle and NOTCH representative for the North East. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Clinical Research, and her interests include Oncogeriatrics and Advance Care Planning. She is Newcastle's local project lead for the TOASTIE study.

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ALEC MAYNARD

Representative for the North East of England

Alec is an ST5 medical oncology trainee and Academic Clinical Fellow based in South Yorkshire. He has been a regional representative since 2019 and is heavily involved in managing and steering the CREDIT study. 
His research interests are in developing digital tools for use in clinical practice, and real world evidence generation. He has a keen interest in medical education

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ANGELOS ANGELAKAS

Representative for the North West of England

Angelos is a Medical Oncology trainee based at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust. He is currently out of programme doing an MRes in Experimental Cancer Medicine at the University of Manchester. He has been a NOTCH member since the first IO project in 2019. He has a clinical and research interest in breast and colorectal cancers as well as early phase studies.

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SHEFALI PARIKH

Representative for West Midlands

I am a clinical oncology ST4 and the NOTCH representative for the west midlands. I am currently leading on the TONIC-UK project assessing telemedicine utilisation in the NHS. I am passionate about medical education and working as an associate PI for clinical trials. I enjoy radiotherapy, board games and long walks.

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JOON HO

Representative for East Midlands

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REBECCA SHAKIR

Representative for Thames Valley

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MARY DENHOLM

Representative for East of England

Mary is a Clinical Oncology trainee based in Cambridge. She is currently out of programme undertaking a research fellowship at the University of Cambridge exploring the role of cellular senescence in lung cancer, building on her existing clinical interest in lung cancer research. She also has an interest in oncogeriatrics and in mentoring and peer support, and is excited to have recently started participating in the British Oncology Network for Undergraduate Societies (BONUS) mentoring scheme.

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STEPHEN ROBINSON AND ALISON BERNER

Representatives for London

Dr Stephen Robinson is a Specialty Registrar and NIHR Academic Clinic Fellow in Clinic Oncology in the West London Deanery, and he is currently based at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Additionally, he is the trainee representative to the Royal College of Radiologists Clinical Academic Committee and is passionate on improving access to research opportunities for trainees and junior colleagues. His research interest is in basic and translational radiobiology as well as the DNA damage response.

Dr Alison May Berner is a Specialty Trainee and Clinical Research Fellow in Medical Oncology at Barts Cancer Institute where she is undertaking a PhD in cancer genomics. She is also a Part-time Specialty Doctor in Adult Gender Identity at the Gender Identity Clinic London, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She provides advice and assessment for gender diverse patients with active cancer or genetic cancer predisposition, and leads a number of research projects related to improving cancer care for LGBTQ populations. She is also a member of the Association of Cancer Physicians Trainee Committee and a trustee of Live Through This charity for LGBTQ people living with and beyond cancer

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SARAH KINGDON

Representative for South West of England

Dr Sarah Kingdon is a specialty trainee and NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Clinical Oncology. 
She graduated from The University Of Sheffield in 2012, qualifying with a MBChB and BMedSci and gained MRCP in 2016. 
Her interest is in clinical neuro-oncology and research is focussed on identification and validation of novel biomarkers in Meningioma.

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BENJAMIN CROOK

Representative for Wessex

Ben graduated from Bristol and trained in the Southwest where he developed a passion for Oncology. Having been involved in cancer research in Truro and PI for CCP-Cancer UK study during Coronavirus pandemic, he is now starting out as Clinical Oncology ST3 based in Southampton and is the NOTCH representative for Wessex. Keen on cycling and dog walks on the beach.

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KARAM ABOUD

Representative for Wales

Dr Karam Aboud is a Medical Oncology Registrar at South Wales Deanery and the NOTCH representative for Wales. He is a graduate of the University of Leicester. Having undertaken Core Medical Training in Severn Deanery, he moved to Wales to pursue his career in Medical Oncology. He has a keen interest in academic research within oncology and is currently a Clinical Research Fellow at the Velindre Early Phase Clinical Trials Centre in Cardiff.

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KIRSTY TAYLOR

Representative for Northern Ireland

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