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Supporting the next generation of clinician scientists

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    I had the pleasure and honor of meeting UCB’s  new post-doctorate Fellows who we are supporting and partnering with on research projects relevant to our therapy areas.

    These bright and highly-driven young scientists, based at the University of Oxford, come from diverse medical and scientific backgrounds. But they all share the same motivation to bring something new and valuable to patients that will improve their lives. A perfect fit then with UCB’s strategy to bring value to patients and to bring the right treatments to the right patient populations.

    I asked the Fellows to explain a little about how the UCB/Oxford Fellowship works, how they got into it and what’s different about this type of collaboration.

    Click here to watch the videos to hear from Fellows Drs Hussein Al-Mossawi, David Metcalfe, Stephanie Dakin and Nicholas Provine, as well as Duncan McHale, Head of Global Exploratory Development at UCB.

    The Fellowships aim to train and enable the next generation of clinician scientists by providing funding for research and tuition fees, as well as providing access to mentorship, technology and expertise.

    They also provide the Fellows with insights into what it’s like to work with medicines companies and help to bridge the gap between academia and industry researchers.

    In turn, these scientists bring clinical and scientific knowledge together to understand the biology that causes diseases and they are vital to unlocking the next generation of therapies.

    Take a look at the video to meet Dr Al-Mossawi, who is studying immune cells to understand psoriatic arthritis while practising medicine.

    Dr Metcalfe, a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, is interested in how we can improve health services to deliver better outcomes for patients.

    You’ll also hear how Dr Dakin qualified as an equine veterinary surgeon and how the UCB Oxford Fellowship gives her an opportunity to explore how her know-how in horses’ tendon diseases could be translated into human medicine.

    And finally meet Dr Provine, who came to Oxford after completing his PhD at Harvard is now looking at how inflammation in the intestine could influence ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

    The UCB Oxford Fellowships are an opportunity to break down barriers in a way that could prove beneficial to researchers, UCB and patients.

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