Cambridge Paediatric Research Evenings

The Paediatric Research Evenings (aka Peripaediatrics Club) feature seminars by paediatric faculty and academic trainees. Medical students are welcome to attend and there is always plenty of food and drink to fuel discussions! Sign up to our mailing list or Facebook group for details of the next research event.

Previous Seminars include

Dr Harween Dogra: Let food be thy medicine

Harween is currently a Grid trainee in Paediatric Gastroenterology at Addenbrookes.  She has worked as a Paediatric trainee in a number of different hospitals in the South East.  During her training, Harween has developed an interest in nutrition and it’s role in GI disease. Harween obtained a fellowship from Action Medical Research to complete her PhD and has recently presented at the BSG.  She is writing up her PhD thesis on the modulation of immune function by dietary nutrients within the intestinal epithelium.

Dr Amber Ruigrok: Neural Sex Differences, Hormones and Autism

Dr Amber Ruigrok completed her PhD at the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge investigating how fetal and pubertal hormones affect the structural development of the brain and conducted the first meta-analysis of sex differences in the brain. She was awarded the William Binks Fellowship in Autism Neuroscience to support her PostDoc and currently works on the AIMS-2-TRIALS project (Autism Innovative Medicine Studies-2-Trials), the largest ever autism research grant awarded. Amber’s current research is on sex/gender differences in autistic individuals focusing on mental health difficulties and white matter connectivity using DWI (Diffusion Weighted Imaging). This work is done in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry in Kings College London as part of the UK MRC AIMS study, which was funded by the MRC. Amber also coordinates data collection and data management for the Cambridge Child Development Study, funded by the MRC, the Wellcome Trust, and Autism Research Trust and continues to work on the EU-AIMS Longitudinal European Autism Project (LEAP).

Dr Caroline Fertleman: “Jack of all trades, how to get the most out of your educational projects”

Caroline is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Whittington Hospital in London and has a special interest in medical education. Her current research is in medical education, communication skills and child protection. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL Medical School and the UCL Institute of Child Health and is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Education and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Matt Zilbauer: “Epigenetics in the GI tract – translating basic science into clinical practice”

Matt is a University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and is an Honorary Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist here at Addenbrookes. He leads a research group in Cambridge which focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of paediatric inflammatory bowel disease and applying this knowledge to improving the care of children with IBD.

Professor Topun Austin: “Shining light on the newborn brain”

Topun is a Consultant Neonatologist in Cambridge and Honorary Professor of Neurophotonics at University College London. His research is in brain injury and imaging in the newborn. Topun’s group is developing new technologies to identify vulnerable infants at an early stage, in order to improve treatment. He is also involved in the development of the NeuroNICU at the Rosie Hospital, in collaboration with Prof. David Rowitch.

Mr Wajid Jawaid: “Resolving cell fate”.

Wajid is a paediatric surgical registrar, and will talk about his PhD work in the lab of Bertie Gottgens here in Cambridge, looking at how cells make decisions during development on how to differentiate, and why this is important for paediatrics. Wajid will also share his experience of applying to the Wellcome Trust PhD programme for clinicians.