BATLAA e-Newsletter
February 2016


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Welcome to your first issue of the BATLAA e-Newsletter for 2016. Please keep in touch and share your news with us. We wish you all the best for the coming year.

School News

World’s first national tissue bank for pancreatic cancer research
The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Tissue Bank is to launch in the UK to help push forward research into the cancer with the bleakest prognosis. It will be based at Barts Cancer Institute and is being funded with £2 million from the charity, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

£10m grant awarded for Barts Heart Centre
Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust have received £10 million from Barts Charity for the creation of a world-class cardiovascular academic medical centre at the Trust’s Barts Heart Centre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Alumni news

Alumnus says improving transfusion practice may reduce mortality from haemorrhage
Dr Ross Davenport (q PhD, William Harvey Research Institute, 2011), from the Centre for Trauma Sciences, was interviewed by Medical Research about his research into improving blood transfusion practices.

Alumna is first author in discovery of new blood cancer treatment publication
Mutations present in follicular lymphoma have revealed new targets for potential treatments. Dr Jessica Okosun (q PhD Haemato-Oncology, 2015), who is undertaking research at Barts Cancer Institute, was first author of a paper published on this topic in Nature Genetics last month.

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QMA/BLC survey for International Alumni
If you are based overseas, it may be the case that you are not receiving QMA/BLC alumni magazine. Complete our quick survey to ensure that you receive your copy by post or by email as you prefer.

Have you got news for us?
We are keen to receive more alumni news. If you would like to share your professional and personal achievements, please get in touch.

BATLAA Alumni, Staff and Former Staff Remembered
A list of members of the Barts and The London community who have recently passed away can be found in BATLAA Alumni Remembered on our website. Obituaries can be emailed to

Supporting our work

Thank you for answering our call
This year’s alumni phone campaign was a great success - over 1,000 of you took part and generously raised over £140,000. Thank you!

You’ll be funding more hardship bursaries and more volunteering projects, which help our community and enhance our students' extra-curricular experiences. Your gift will help someone like Ben, who told us: "Your funding has enabled me to complete my course. Without it I would be unable to pay my next instalment of rent and still be able to buy food. I cannot stress enough how grateful I am, as someone with no financial support from a partner or parent. I would like to sincerely thank all of you donors. When I am in a position to contribute to this scheme myself, I will certainly be doing so."

You can find out more by watching our video. And if you didn’t get a chance to take part, you can make your gift. Thank you again - you’ve given a massive helping hand to those in need. You’re our heroes!

More ways to get involved:

Would you like to be involved in reviewing the Barts and The London undergraduate MBBS Curriculum?
Periodically, the School of Medicine and Dentistry undertakes a review of the MBBS programme to address the future needs of the profession taking into account evolving patient needs and expectations, technological advances and changing regulatory considerations. Interested alumni are encouraged to participate in this review process...

Would you be willing to participate in a Dentistry-related study?
Dr Dominic Hurst
(q BDS, 1999), Clinical Lecturer in Primary Dental Care in the Institute of Dentistry, is looking for dentists who would be willing to be involved as "public participants" in the design of a study

Could you be our next international Alumni Ambassador?
Our team of Alumni Ambassadors play an important role in supporting international students before, during and following their studies at QMUL...

Are you a recent grad from China, India, Malaysia, Pakistan or Russia?
We are looking for former international students to share their experiences of job searching with current students from their home country...

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