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Group photo of our 2022 cohort of departmental DPhil students

We’re excited to announce that this month we’ve welcomed nine new DPhil students into the department. These students are completing either the DPhil in Primary Health Care or the DPhil in Translational Health Sciences. Whilst some are entirely new to us, others have been working with us here in the department for a while, and we’d like you to join us in giving them a very warm welcome as they begin their DPhil journeys.

Our newly appointed Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Rafael Perera, says, “We welcome our new DPhil students joining our vibrant graduate group. With nearly 60 DPhil students in total, from all over the world, researching the varied clinical interests represented in the department and applying best and diverse methodological approaches, we are confident that Primary Care research has a very bright future.  We are delighted to be part of their story.”

When discussing the value of research contributions from our DPhil students, Professor Trish Greenhalgh said, “DPhil students are the future generation of research leaders. The questions they're asking will help generate tomorrow's evidence base. They challenge traditional perspectives, questions their supervisors' assumptions and adapt tired methodologies creatively. Best of all, they get together and generated new interdisciplinary synergies. In doing so, they push us senior academics to acknowledge that the cutting-edge research we did a few years ago is now yesterday's evidence. We all gain from their intellectual excitement and their future orientation.”

 

Meet our new students:

Denise Bastas

Denise is completing the DPhil in Primary Health Care at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, looking to implement a standard program within primary care settings to target the physical activity discussion practices of primary care physicians, under the supervision of Dr David Nunan.

 

Tony Bell

Tony is completing the DPhil in Primary Health Care within the Infections and Acute Care Research Group, seeking to improve prevention and management of infections in areas with higher deprivation, under the supervision of Associate Professor, Sarah Tonkin-Crine and Senior Researcher, Ola Borek.

 

Lin Bowker-Lonnecker

Lin is completing the DPhil in Primary Health Care within the Health Economics and Policy Evaulation Group, looking at discrete choice experiment (DCE) to understand variation in uptake of respiratory disease vaccination in working age adults, under the supervision of Professor Stavros Petrou.

 

Trenton Honda

Trendon is completing the part-time DPhil in Primary Health Care with the Infections and Acute Care Research Group, researching the epidemiology of UTI and antibiotic resistant uropathoge, under the supervision of Professor Chris Butler and Associate Professor, Gail Hayward.

 

Jemma Houghton

Jemma is completing the DPhil in Primary Care at the Digital Health and Long-Term Conditions Group (DLTC), looking into diabetes mellitus type 2 and secondary lower extremity amputations in Western Cape, South Africa, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Farmer.

 

Emma Laads

Email is completing the DPhil in Translational Health Sciences within the Interdisciplinary Research in Health Sciences Group (IRHIS), looking into the role of the therapeutic relationship in modern primary care, under the supervision of Professor Trish Greenhalgh.

 

Kate Sheridan

Kate is completing the DPhil in Primary Care within the Medical Sociology & Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), researching digital health and patient experience and the utilization of eHealth for fertility monitoring, under the supervision of Professor Sue Ziebland and Professor John Powell.

 

Annika Theodoulou

Annika is completing the DPhil in Primary Care at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, to investigate and address socioeconomic inequalities in smoking cessation behaviours and outcomes, under the supervision of Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce and Dr Nicola Lindson.

 

Michelle Yeung

Michelle is completing the DPhil in Translational Health Sciences in the Medical Sociology & Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), exploring practitioner and minority ethnic patients’ perceptions of barriers and facilitators to reducing racial bias in an AI-driven tool for self-screening of skin cancer in the UK, under the supervision of Senior Researcher, Abi McNiven, Professor John Powell and Professor Catherine Pope.

 

Are you interested in studying for a DPhil within our department?

We are now accepting applications for 2023 entry.

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