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Kome Gbinigie and Clare Goyder are amongst the first students funded by the Wellcome PhD Programme for Primary Care Clinicians. Tonny Muthee joins us on a Rhodes Scholarship, and Georgia Richards is the Naji Foundation's first Scholar.

The department welcomes its first Naji Foundation Scholar and the first students funded through the Wellcome PhD Programme for Primary Care Clinicians. © Nasir Hamid
(Left to right): Kome Gbinigie, Clare Goyder, Tonny Muthee and Georgia Richards.

We are delighted to welcome four new DPhil students to the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences this Michaelmas Term, with funding from Wellcome, the Naji Foundation, Rhodes Trust, Rotary International and NIHR SPCR.

Kome Gbinigie, an Oxford-based GP Registrar has been awarded a Wellcome-funded DPhil Studentship. Kome’s DPhil project will be to investigate the diagnosis and management of serious bacterial infections in older adults, supervised by Professor Carl Heneghan, Professor Chris Butler and Dr Anne-Marie Boylan. Kome’s previous work in the department has been to investigate the effect of oil-pulling in promoting oral dental hygiene.  Kome is a member of Trinity College and was previously an Academic Clinical Fellow in the department.

Clare Goyder, an Oxford-based GP, has been awarded a part-time Wellcome-funded DPhil studentship. Supervised by Professor Richard Hobbs and Dr Clare Taylor, Clare's DPhil is based on the diagnosis of heart failure in primary care. Her previous research focused on diagnostic error in primary care, clinical reasoning and point-of-care testing. Clare is a member of Exeter College.

Kome and Clare are part of a group of six UK students to be funded through the Wellcome PhD Programme for Primary Care Clinicians, which is the charity's first studentship programme to focus on primary care.

Tonny Muthee joins the department from Kenya on a Rhodes Scholarship. Supervised by Professor Carl Heneghan and Dr David Nunan, Tonny is studying the intersection of primary health care, public health and policy in the management of cardiovascular diseases in resource-limited settings. Tonny is a clinical nurse registered in Kenya, and has received various awards including Top Midwifery Student 2015 from the National Nurses Association of Kenya/Kenyatta National Hospital and the Student Award of Outstanding Excellence 2015 from the National Nurses Association of Kenya. Tonny is a member of Green Templeton College.

Also new to the department is Georgia Richards, the Naji Foundation’s first Scholar. Georgia is also the recipient of a Rotary Scholarship and an NIHR SPCR studentship. Supervised by Professor Carl Heneghan and Dr Kamal Mahtani, Georgia’s DPhil project will seek to understand how to improve the public’s understanding of commonly prescribed medicines to reduce their inappropriate use. A member of Kellogg College, Georgia joins the department from Brisbane, Australia, where she worked as a medical researcher on various research projects in private hospitals in Australia. In 2016 Georgia was the recipient of the National Women of the Future award - funded by the Australian Women’s Weekly and Qantas, the award was in recognition of her passion and dedication to medical research and helping others.   

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