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Our Trainee Board

ANNA OLSSON-BROWN

Chair

Dr Olsson-Brown trained in Medicine at the University of Liverpool having first completed a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology. She is a Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Research Fellow based at the University of Liverpool and a practicing Medical Oncology Registrar at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Her clinical interest is in melanoma with clinical and research foci in the mechanisms and management of irAEs across all tumour groups. She has established the regional immune-oncology service and contributed to a number of national guidelines. She is the Deputy Chair of the Immuno-Oncology Committee. Her PhD is based on understanding the immunological events that occur in the presence of immunotherapy that lead to toxicity and the mechanisms thereof. She has particular interests in colitis, thyroiditis and skin toxicity. She is also Chair of the Royal college of Physicians of Edinburgh Trainees and Members committee, Vice-Chair of the UK National Oncology Trainees Collaborative for Healthcare Research and a trainee representative of the Medical Oncology speciality advisory committee.

CAROLINE DOBESON

Vice Chair

I joined NOTCH in 2017 when it began as a northern collaborative and I am delighted to have watched it grow into a national endeavour.  Increasing trainee exposure to research participation is so important for developing a future oncology workforce that is confident in research methodology and NOTCH offers the opportunity to anyone interested to strengthen these skills. I am currently a practicing clinical oncology registrar at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle upon Tyne and my interests centre on radiotherapy research.

JENNY COTTON

Secretary

I am a Medical Oncology trainee based in the North West and my main area of interest in breast cancer. NOTCH is a fantastic platform to enable oncology registrars to collaborate data to make
more of an impact than local studies. As the LTFT rep on the ACP I also have a vested interest in ensuring those working LTFT still have the opportunities and support to take forward their research
ideas alongside their clinical interests.

MOHAMMED ALHILALI

Communications Lead

I am a Clinical Oncology trainee in Newcastle, with a passion for getting involved in large-scale team based projects.

I have a background in general practice in Egypt before deciding to pursue Oncology as a career in the UK. I have also been a volunteer for a sustainable development NGO in Egypt, and have authored the Advanced English Student Summary series while working with adult English language teaching during that time. I have also been involved in magazine editing work in Egypt.

As communications lead, I take joy in bringing together everyone involved in the projects (or even those just thinking about it!) - get in touch!

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.

JONNY HESELTINE

Education and Events

I am a Medical Oncology trainee from Liverpool but I originally hail from York. My interests include education, immunotherapies, clinical trials and acute oncology. I think that as NOTCH is a national collaborative it will generate big data and more powerful conclusions. Currently, there is a definite need for it and it is an excellent way for trainees to get involved and network.


Alongside my clinical training I am a Health Education England Medical Education Fellow which ties in nicely with my role in the NOTCH committee. The aim of our educational events is to widen the interest and knowledge of Oncology trainees in research. We will be inviting academic leaders to give sessions on various topics surrounding research to give trainees the confidence and practical skills to get involved in academia. Furthermore, our meetings will be an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and get involved in NOTCH!

MARK BAXTER

Representative for Scotland

I am a Medical Oncology trainee based in Dundee. My main research interest is frailty in Oncology with a particular focus on Upper GI Cancers. Outside of Oncology I am a huge football fan, supporting the red half of Manchester.

SHEFALI PARIKH

Representative for  North of England

Shefali is an ST4 Clinical Oncology Trainee at Leeds Cancer Centre and is the Northern England Representative for NOTCH. She is currently a Clinical Leadership Fellow in Medical Education and Digitalisation. She is passionate about teaching and clinical service development, and is working towards higher degrees in clinical education. NOTCH is important to her as it gives the trainee body in non surgical oncology a common voice and supports them to develop research and critical appraisal skills during their training years. Being a doctor is an intrinsic part of her identity, but when not in work she enjoys acrylic painting and doodling punny medical cards. Everything the colour yellow delights her.

FIONA SMITH

Representative for Midlands and East of England

ST5 in Clinical Oncology currently based at Royal Derby Hospital. I originally studied Mathematics before completing a Graduate Entry Medicine degree at the University of Nottingham. The fast paced changes in research and clinical practice were one of the reasons I was first fascinated by Oncology, and I'm thrilled to be part of such an exciting collaborative. When not working, I spend most of my time raising my two daughters.

SANGARY KATHIRGAMAKARTHIGEYAN

Representative for Mindlands and East of England

Sangary completed her undergraduate training at the University of Nottingham and is currently and clinical oncology trainee in the Trent region. She is passionate about service development and medical education having completed a masters in the latter.

DAN HUGHES

Representative of London and South East of England

I am a Medical Oncology trainee based at UCL, London currently undertaking a PhD at King's College London in immunotherapy, earlier detection of toxicity and understanding the clinical implications of intra-tumoural heterogeneity.
Having completed an MSc in Medical Education, I have a particular interest in this, leading on several research projects and setting up and leading Regional Teaching in London. I am also trainee representative on the Specialty Advisory Committee for Medical Oncology and a member of the joint Curriculum Working Group. In addition, I am an active member of the Association of Cancer Physicians Trainee Committee.

MIKE ROWE

Representative for South Coast and South West of England

I am currently an ST4 Clinical Oncology Registrar based in Truro, Cornwall and am the NOTCH Regional Representative for the South West and South Coast covering hospitals from Truro, to Cheltenham and as far east as Southampton. My role is to set-up, coordinate and liaise between the centres and the Trainee Board.  
I am originally from France and moved to the South West to study Medicine at Peninsula College of Medicine graduating in 2012.
I have a keen interest in research, digital and global health and site-specific interests in lung and prostate cancer.

ASHLEY POON-KING

Representative for Wales

Dr Ashley Poon-King qualified from University of Birmingham Medical School in 2012. She completed her foundation training years in Birmingham, and has gone on to complete Core Medical Training in South East Wales in 2014-2016. She then entered the clinical oncology training programme in South Wales in 2016, and is currently working in Velindre Cancer Centre.

LAURA FEENEY

Representative for Northern Ireland

Dr Laura Feeney graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 2009 with a degree in medicine. Following her foundation and core medical training, she obtained a medical oncology trainee position in 2014 working in the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre. She was awarded a HSC Research and Development clinical fellowship in 2016 to carry out her Ph.D. training in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (Queen's University Belfast) under the supervision of Dr Paul Mullan. During this time she investigated the development of blood-based DNA methylation biomarkers in ovarian cancer. Following this she has recently obtained an Academic Clinical Lecturer (ACL) post at Queen's University Belfast and her research focuses on investigating the role of liquid biopsies in the detection of cancer with the aim of improving patient outcomes.

 
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