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Event overview

The clinical oncology academic day is essential for those interested in research. This is a fantastic opportunity for trainees to learn about the innovations in translational research. Hear experienced academics share their expertise on biomarker research, big data and gene editing. You will have the opportunity to participate in discussions on mentoring and pathways to academic careers. You’ll also have an exclusive opportunity to meet with the faculty and discuss your ideas and learn from those who have pursued academic careers as clinical oncologists.

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.

To apply, please submit:

  1. Your CV.

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

Applications should be sent to [email protected] by 5pm on 14 June 2024. We will contact you with the outcome in June.

Before applying, we would strongly encourage you to use other available funding. ACFs are ineligible to apply.

Learning objectives

1. Familiarise yourself with routes to becoming involved in research at different stages of your career

2. Learn about current innovations in translational research

3. Network and discuss your ideas among peers and with an expert faculty interested in academic clinical oncology

Who should attend?

  • Clinical oncology trainees
  • Clinical oncology consultants

Registration fees

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Trainees, allied healthcare professionals and concessions£50
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RCR Consultant Fellows and members£65
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Non-members £80
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Registration and coffee




How to get ahead when publishing

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


Translational research in action:


Innovations in detecting somatic and germline mutations in cancer

Dr Anjana Kulkarni, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Using real world data with natural experiments

Prof Richard Grieve, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


Radiotherapy Bioadaptation using functional imaging

Dr Anubhav Data, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust




Pathways to an active research career:


How to set up research projects

Dr Emma Khoury, University Hospital Southampton


The whys and hows to be an ACF

Dr Hannah Bromley, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust


Tips/advice for doing a MD/PhD but not going through an academic pathway

Dr Amani Chowdhury, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre


The long and winding road to being a research active NHS consultant

Dr Rachel Pearson, Newcastle Hospitals' Northern Centre for Cancer Care


Tea and coffee break


Innovations in translational research:


AI in Clinical Oncology – the rise of the machines

Prof Marianne Aznar, The University of Manchester


Designing trials for advanced technologies

Prof Emma Hall, The Institute of Cancer Research


Gene editing and clinical applications

Dr Saif Ahmad, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


cfDNA and minimal residual disease for treatment

Dr Bernadett Szabados, Barts Cancer Institute, London


Closing remarks

Prof Ananya Choudhury, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust


Networking with refreshments



The Royal College of Radiologists
63 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

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

    ‘Good constructive advice for how to get involved in CO research’

Partner with the RCR

A partnership with the RCR offers your company the opportunity to form a mutually beneficial relationship, built on collaboration and connection. The RCR offers a variety of ways to get involved, including our new Annual Partnership packages, one and two-day events and our e-learning resources.

- Be a valuable part of the RCR’s growing community

- Network and engage face-to-face and online with multidisciplinary audiences

- Share details of new products and services

- Support and invest in the RCR’s mission: supporting excellence in medical imaging and cancer treatment.

If you are interested in partnering with us at this event or future events, please contact Hannah Walker, Corporate Partnerships Officer.