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Green Templeton was saddened to hear over the weekend of the passing of Professor Sir David Weatherall.

Sir David had an outstanding career in medical research, with particular interest in haematology and genetics, and the application of such research – particularly in the developing world. Through well over 700 publications and his work as Senior Editor of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, his influence extended far beyond the UK and his research has been applied to the development of disease prevention, control, and alleviation programmes across the world.

Through his work on the genetics of blood disorders, particularly thalassaemia, he demonstrated for the first time that a gene deletion could cause human disease. His work in this area has made possible the detection of thalassaemia early in pregnancy, enabling antenatal diagnosis, and the eradication of the disease in some parts of the world.

Sir David was an Honorary Fellow of Green Templeton from its inception, and a member of the Advisory Council of Green College (as was). He was a highly respected and very appreciated member of the Green Templeton community, and one of our key scholarships is in his name: the David Weatherall Scholarship.

He founded the Oxford Institute of Molecular Medicine in 1989, and won the prestigious Lasker Award for medical research in 2010.

He was knighted in 1987, and was made a Knight of the Grand Cross (the highest title in the Queen’s Birthday Honours) in 2017, in recognition of his services to medicine.

An obituary can be viewed on the University of Oxford website:

Spencer Tong, DPhil, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, is the current holder of the Oxford-Sir David Weatherall Scholarship.  

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Spencer pursued his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied in the Pre-Medical Programme and also pursued a major in French Literature. 

Each summer he returned home to conduct breast cancer research through internships at the University of Toronto, which seeded his passion for scientific discovery.  

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After graduating, Spencer began working as a Research Associate at the Washington University School of Medicine, focusing on two central themes: developing tools to better predict relapse in children with acute myeloid leukaemia, and understanding the events that precede adult leukaemia.  

He recently began his DPhil at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, as the current holder of the Oxford-Sir David Weatherall Scholarship, under the supervision of Anne Goriely, Associate Professor of Human Genetics, and Andrew Wilkie, Nuffield Professor of Pathology. Their principal interest is understanding how parental age affects the transmission of disease to their offspring. 

Spencer said: "While I have much to learn, I am confident that my deep experience in genomics will prove invaluable as we unravel the mysteries of clinical genetics."

He recently met some of the donors who contributed towards his scholarship at the Green Templeton College Graduate Scholarship Reception.

"Attributing faces to the nebulous concept of 'donors' was a humbling reminder that real people have contributed to me being here," he said. "It is an honour to study with their support through the scholarship named in honour of Sir David Weatherall. I hope to live up to its name through contributions to molecular genetics." 

Green Templeton College and the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) established the Oxford-Sir David Weatherall Scholarship in honour of Professor Sir David Weatherall, an Honorary Fellow of Green Templeton who founded the WIMM in 1989 and was the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford from 1992 to 2000. 

The scholarship is open to scientists from across the globe and aims to attract the very best graduates, who train at the WIMM, one of the world’s leading molecular medicine institutes, and are hosted within Green Templeton, the University of Oxford’s premier college for the development of education in medicine. 

To make a donation towards scholarships or a gift please visit Green Templeton's donation page here.

For more information on the Oxford-Sir David Weatherall Scholarship, please contact the Development Office on or +44 (0)1865 274 777.

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Green Templeton College Associate Fellow Charles Barclay led the UK team at the 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Beijing.

The five-strong team of 17 year olds won two silver medals and received two honourable mentions at the ten-day long event.

Started in 2006, the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics is an annual competition at the highest level for secondary school students, who have to be under 20 years at the start of the competition.

Countries enter teams of five students and two team leaders. Selection for the UK team (British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad (BAAO) team) takes place via a number of competition papers, sat in schools, in the preceding year, until the final team of five (and a reserve) are chosen at a training camp in Oxford.

The questions are aimed at years 12 and 13, but the timing of each Olympiad tends to affect which year group can actually compete.

Charles also led teams to Indonesia in 2015 and India in 2016.

This year China hosted the competition and 39 countries competed with the top country teams (in order) being Iran, Russia and China. Russia had the highest scoring student overall.

The 13th IOAA will be hosted by Hungary in August next year.

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A bronze statue of Dr John Radcliffe has been unveiled on the south lawn of the Radcliffe Observatory.

To celebrate the tercentenary in 2014 of Radcliffe’s death the Ashmolean Museum, with finance from the Radcliffe Trustees, commissioned Martin Jennings to make a larger-than-life-size bronze sculpture of Radcliffe to stand in front of the focal point of College.

John Radcliffe (1652-1714) was the most successful physician of his day, doctor to William and Mary and to Queen Anne. At his death in 1714 the bulk of his fortune was left to his Trustees for charitable purposes. This has been used for three iconic Oxford buildings: the Radcliffe Camera, the Radcliffe Infirmary in Woodstock Road, and the Radcliffe Observatory. 

Martin Jennings is one of Britain’s most eminent and best-loved sculptors. His recent work includes John Betjeman in St Pancras Station, George Orwell outside Broadcasting House and Charles Dickens in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. Green Templeton is especially proud to give a home to this first major statue in Oxford by this distinguished Oxfordshire artist, which adds to a sundial by Jennings that is situated near the Woodstock Road entrance. 

The statue is inside the College grounds but it is also visible from the corner of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. A bronze maquette of the statue will be displayed in the Ashmolean Museum from 25 September.

Governing Body Fellows Gary Ford and Felix Reed-Tsochas and Research Fellows Leanne Hodson, Sarah Lewington, and Rebeccah Slater have each received a 2018 Recognition of Distinction. This honour confers to each of them the title of professor at the University of Oxford. Each of their new full titles are as follows:

  • Gary Ford, Professor of Stroke Medicine
  • Leanne Hodson, Professor of Metabolic Physiology
  • Sarah Lewington, Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics
  • Felix Reed-Tsochas, Professor of Complex Systems
  • Rebeccah Slater, Professor of Paediatric Neuroscience

The College congratulates them all.

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Keith Frayn, Emeritus Fellow at Green Templeton, has won the British Nutrition Society’s first ever Blaxter Award. This award honours lifetime achievement in whole body metabolism and animal nutrition.

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Green Templeton College has offered Research Fellowships to five individuals:

  • Dustin Garrick - Associate Professor and Departmental Research Lecturer in Environmental and Resource Management at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, where he leads the water programme
  • Nick Fahy - Senior Researcher in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences working on health services research
  • Sanne Peters - Research fellow in Epidemiology at the George Institute for Global Health working on women’s and reproductive health
  • Charles Roehr - Paediatrician and Clinical Scientist in neonatal care at the John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Andrew Sharott - Associate Professor and Programme Leader of the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit working on deep brain stimulation

Boxing Tickets

Tickets are now available to watch Green Templeton porter Jamie Brooks go into the boxing ring in an effort to raise money for research on Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). As previously reported, Jamie was diagnosed with GBS in 2002 while playing striker for Oxford United. Now he's going back to Kassam Stadium to fight for awareness. Tickets for the event on 29 September are available for £25 in the lodge (cash only).

PumpA research team including Green Templeton student Johanna Koehler has won the Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards in both the Building Capacity and Overall categories. Koehler, who is a DPhil candidate in Geography and the Environment, is part of a group developing a Smart Handpump to help monitor sustainable water services in rural areas.

Med Hum Summer School

Green Templeton College looks forward to welcoming the participants and organisers of the U.K.’s first ever summer school in Medical Humanities 23-27 July 2018. Topics to be covered in the week-long course include observation, illness narratives, communication, medical ethics, ageing, diversity and gender.

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From 22-24 June, Green Templeton College celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its creation from the merger of Green and Templeton Colleges. The weekend included a wide variety of celebrations, including research presentations, a rowing taster session, the Universally Challenged quiz competition, and plenty of food. Highlighting the weekend were the annual Garden Party and a special edition of GTC Performs!, photos of which can be found on the College's Facebook page.

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Dr Haenssgen presents at the Aid and International Development Forum 2018 Asia Summit, UN Convention Centre, Bangkok (Photo credit: Nutcha Charoenboon)

Green Templeton College Associate Fellow Doctor Marco J Haenssgen (Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health and CABDyN Complexity Centre) and his team have recently completed survey research in Thailand and Laos to inform policy responses to the growing global health problem of drug resistance. Threatening to evolve into the leading cause of death with a toll of ten million lives annually by 2050 if left unchecked, drug resistance is a top priority on global health agendas. Dr Haenssgen’s work took place to inform policy responses from a social science perspective, building on his background in development studies.

Jamie 2Many College members know Jamie Brooks, who works as one of Green Templeton's porters. What you may not know is that Jamie once played striker for Oxford United and several other teams; early in his career, he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a rare autoimmune condition affecting the peripheral nervous system, usually leading to temporary or long-term paralysis. Around 80% of those with GBS will make a good recovery, but between 5-10% of people will not survive and the other 10-15% may be left with severe mobility or dexterity issues. Jaime was in intensive care for 80 days, but eventually was able to continue playing football.

Glaze 3The Assembly for the Digital Age is a newly registered charity in Edinburgh, Scotland that has been founded by Iain Osborne and Robert Glaze. The ADA will initially begin exploring new concepts in lifetime digital education, digital ethics, appropriate digital technologies and the digitally disenfranchised that replace the education and business models of today which are accelerating the decay and decline of humanity.

AlisonStenton2Dr Alison Stenton has been appointed as the new Senior Tutor at Green Templeton College. Previously she was the College Senior Tutor (2014-18), and before that Director of the Extended Medical Degree Programme (2010-14), at King’s College London. Alison studied for a BA (Newcastle), MA and PhD (King’s) in English Literature, specialising in interdisciplinary approaches to eighteenth-century writing. At King’s she was a tutor in Medical Humanities in the Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’s Medical School and an honorary fellow in Liberal Arts. She was College’s academic lead for student welfare, receiving a King’s Award for her role in launching the university’s ‘It Stops Here’ campaign against sexual violence.

Professor Trish Greenhalgh and Dr Chrysanthi Papoutsi have edited a new article collection proposing a complexity-informed paradigm in researching health services and systems

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A new special issue on ‘Understanding Complexity in Health Systems: International Perspectives’ has been launched by BMC Medicine, guest-edited by Professor Trish Greenhalgh and Dr Chrysanthi Papoutsi from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford.


In January, Green Templeton College (GTC) and The Lancet Psychiatry co-hosted a one-day conference on Global Mental Health (GMH). The event was organised by medical students and senior members of GTC to interest and inspire both medical and research students in this area of great public health importance. The conference included a series of presentations and interactive workshops from leading international researchers and clinicians working in psychiatry in lower and middle-income countries (LMIC), and a poster competition judged by The Lancet Psychiatry.