Clinical Oncology Academic Day

Tuesday 5 December 2023
Venue address: 
Royal College of Radiologists, 63 Lincolns Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3JW
CPD credits: 

Led by

Professor Ananya Choudhury, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust 

Learning Objectives

1.    Learn about the UK Clinical Trials landscape in Oncology
2.    Understand the pathway from bench to bedside
3.    Network with experienced clinical academics and like-minded colleagues within Clinical Oncology

Event overview

The Clinical Oncology Academic Day is an essential event for those interested in research. This is a fantastic opportunity for trainees to learn about the opportunities in clinical trials. Experienced clinical trialists including clinicians, statisticians and methodologists and patient representatives will share their expertise. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the faculty and discuss their ideas and learn from those who have pursued academic careers as clinical oncologists.

The sessions will cover the UK Clinical trials landscape, getting started and integrating clinical trials into your current training. This event will consist of lectures interspersed with networking opportunities alongside other attendees and experts in the field.


11:00-11:30 Registration and tea and coffee


The accidental academic

Dr Louise Murray, University of Leeds

The UK clinical trials landscape: how can it work for you?



Professor Jonathan Wadsley, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


What does it all mean for radiotherapy?

Dr Alex Burnett, NHS Sheffield and NHS Improvement


What does it mean for you: associate PI experience

Dr Clair Brunner, Swansea Bay University Health Board

13:00-14:00 Lunch

I have an idea: where do I start?


The role of the CTU

Professor Allan Hackshaw, University College London


What about the patients – what is real PPI?

Ms Mairead MacKenzie and Ms Hilary Stobart, Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice


RTTQA and the road map

Dr Elizabeth Miles, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Where does this all fit into my training?


Is an academic path for you?

Dr Christopher Jones, CRUK RadNet Cambridge, University of Cambridge


Is an academic path necessary?

Dr Isabel Syndikus, Clatterbridge Hospital


NCRI Early Career Researcher Forum

Dr Harshani Green, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

16:00-16:30 Refreshment break


Bench to bedside: it can really happen

Professor Peter Hoskin, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

17:00-18:00 Networking reception

18:00-18:15 Wrap up


Once you have completed your registration, you will receive an email confirming your place at the event. If you do not receive this email confirmation within 24 hours please contact the conference team (

Registration type


Consultant RCR Fellow and member


Trainee RCR member




Other concessions (Allied healthcare professionals, students, retired)


Core Medical Trainees and Foundation Year Trainees

There are 5 funded places available for Core Medical Trainees and Foundation Year Trainees at this event.

All costs of attendance at the event including travel expenses for these places will be covered by the RCR.

The deadline for applications is Friday 21 July 2023.

How to apply:

 Please email with the following: 

  • Your CV
  • A short statement on your interest in Clinical Oncology, developing an academic career and research experience to date.         

We will contact you with the decisions in early August.

Who should attend

This event is aimed at trainee and consultant clinical oncologists with an interest in clinical research.


Attending this event in person will allow you to gain 4 CPD credits. This event is not being recorded and will not be available for live streaming or for digital access after the event.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Hannah Hildreth, Corporate Partnerships Officer.


‘The opportunities for networking, and the chance to hear a range of stories and experiences about how and why different academics developed their careers’

‘Good and practical advice from clinicians in research. Being able to speak to them during breaks.’

‘An honest and open yet encouraging meeting which I found inspiring. Makes me want to pursue research with the right mentor.’