OCT 2021- TAQI COMMENCES HIS PHD
October 2021 has been a busy month for NEOPATH and the latest addition to our group is Syed Taqi Ahmed who has joined us for PhD. Taqi obtained his MDS in Oral Pathology from Mumbai, India in 2008 following which he worked as an academic clinician in India (Government Dental College & Hospital and Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College and Hospital) and Saudi Arabia (King Khaled University Faculty of Dentistry and Najran University Faculty of Dentistry). His PhD will involve exploring digital markers of diagnosis and prognosis in squamous cell carcinoma using image analysis and machine learning tools.
OCT 2021- WELCOME TO ZAKI
A very warm welcome to Amir Zaki Abdullah Zubir who joins us as a Postdoctoral Fellow for 30 months on a British Council Funded Project exploring Prognostic Biomarkers in Oral Cancer. Dr Khurram is the UK PI of the study which has matched funding for Dr Asif Ali and colleagues at Khyber Medical University from the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. The study aims to perform in vitro and ex vivo tissue analysis and sequencing on a oral cancer patient cohort as well as a cross-population analysis between UK and Pakistan.
OCT 2021- RANDEEP COMMENCES HIS PHD
We welcome Randeep who has joined us for a PhD jointly funded by the University of Sheffield and The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. He is jointly supervised by Dr Khurram and Dr Pavitra Krishnaswammy (I2R, A*STAR). He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy, an MSc in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic and has experience as a research assistant (University of Edinburgh), where he used machine learning to advance phenotypic drug discovery, gaining an MRes in the process.
SEP 2021- INVITED TALK FOR EMPAIA ACADEMY
Dr Khurram was invited to give a ltalk at the Ecosystem for Pathology Diagnostics with AI Assistance (EMPAIA) Academy sharing his and Hanya Mahmood' experience of the quality of AI research related to Head and Neck Cancers. This virtual event brought together renowned speakers from the IT, artificial intelligence and pathology to share experiences, use cases and the latest developments in digital pathology / AI for pathology.
JULY 2021- INVITED TALK- PATHLAKE MASTER CLASS
Dr Khurram was invited to give a talk on 'Computational Pahtology for Head and Neck Cancers' at the PathLake 2021 Master Classes. This second series of PathLAKE Masterclasses focussed around the theme of AI for pathologists with researchers, practitioners and industry specialists providing cutting-edge training on AI and related concepts as well as showcasing some of the latest developments in the area of computational pathology.
MAY 2021- INVITED LECTURE & HANYA'S SUCCESS AT ABAOMS MEETING
Dr Khurram was invited to give a lecture at the Annual meeting of the Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons on 21 May 2021. His talk was titled 'Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Version 2021: Making Sense of it as a Surgeon'. Hanya Mahmood also presented a poster at the same event and was awarded the Best Poster Prize.
MAY 2021- DR KHURRAM ON THE SWALLOWS PODCAST
Dr Khurram was invited for a PodCast discussion by The Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Charity where Derek and Chris discussed the role of pathology and pathologists in head and neck cancer.
You can listen to the PodCast here:
APRIL 2021- PhD SUCCESS FOR NEDA
Congratulations to Neda for passing her PhD viva with minor corrections on 28 April. Neda's PhD study focused on developing automated models for 2D echocardiographic images interpretation using deep learning and computer vision algorithms at University of Lincoln. Her PhD was supervised by Professor Massoud Zolgharni, Professor Xujiong Ye and Dr Faraz Janan. She was examined by Professor Hui Wang (Ulster University) and Dr James Brown (University of Lincoln).
APRIL 2021- DR KHURRAM TALKS TO LINK FM
Dr Khurram was invited for a radio interview with LINK FM on 9 April 2021, which was broadcast in the Urdu language in the UK and Pakistan. The interview involved discussion about raising awareness of oral cancer in the public including causative factors, signs and symptoms, treatments as well as challenges and barriers. Oral cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in Pakistan with poor awareness of it as a disease, making it a very pertinent discussion.
MARCH 2021- WELCOME TO NEDA
A very warm welcome to Neda Azarmehr who joins us to work as a Postdoctoral Fellow for 30 months on the Cancer Research UK Funded ANTICIPATE study exploring the use of Artificial Intelligence for early detection of oral cancer. Dr Khurram is the Principal Investigator for ANTICIPATE, which is running in collaboration with the Professor Nasir Rajpoot (Co-PI, University of Warwick), Professor Hisham Mehanna, Dr Paul Nankivell (University of Birmingham) and Dr Jackie James (Queen's University, Belfast).
FEB 2021- H&N CANCER CHARITY PATRONAGE FOR DR KHURRAM
Dr Khurram received the great honour of being invited to become a patron for The Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Support Charity, which is one of the leading charities in the world formed by like-minded cancer patients to support fellow sufferes and care givers.
Find out more about the charity and support it here:
JAN 2021- NIHR DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP SUCCESS FOR HANYA
Hanya Mahmood who is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Oral Surgery and has been working with Dr Khurram (in collaboration with Professor Rajpoot, University of Warwick) for the last 2 years was recently awarded a NIHR Doctoral Fellowship worth £352,944 for her PhD over a 3 year period which explores the use of Artificial Intelligence for prognostic risk scoring of oral pre-cancer. Hanya commences her PhD from February 2021.
JAN 2021- DR KHURRAM SECURES BRITISH COUNCIL FUNDINGS
Dr Khurram has been awarded a 3 year International Collaborative Research Grant in collaboration with Dr Asif Ali and his research group at Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Pakistan to undertake the first study of its kind exploring diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers of oral cancer in a Pakistani patient cohort. The scheme is funded by British Council Pakistan wtih matched funding from the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. The UK component of the grant is worth £243,491.
NOV 2020- 12 HOUR MOUTH CANCER FUND RAISING VIRTUATHON
Dr Khurram hosted a 12 hour virtuathon on YouTube to raise funds for Mouth Action Month in collaboration with The Oral Health Foundation. Ali was joined by colleagues, mouth cancer survivors (including Chris Curtis from The Swallows & Eva Grayzel) as well as medical and dental experts to talk about experiences and challenges related to mouth cancer diagnosis, and discuss 'what happens behind the scenes'. Senior PR and Press Officer of the Oral Health Foundation, Stephen Loat said the event had been a “real highlight of their 2020 campaign”, raising £1361 for Mouth Cancer Action.
NOV 2021- IBRAHIM PASSES HIS PhD UPGRADE VIVA
Ibrahim Alsanie had his end of year 1 PhD upgrade examination as part of which he underwent a thorough examination and discussion with Professors Keith Hunter and Daniel Lambert. Ibrahim has a special interest in digital pathology and application of machine learning and image analysis to histopathology. During the first year of his PhD, Ibrahim has generated some novel and interesting data which will form the foundation for his years 2 and 3 of his PhD.
SEP 2020- PAUL JOINS THE TEAM
Paul Hankinson who obtained his BDS degree from Sheffield in 2017 has been appointed as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Following his graduation, Paul undertook his DFT training followed by 2 years as a DCT in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He previously undertook a BMedSci at Sheffield and has a strong interest in research particularly in head and neck potentially malignant lesions. Paul will be working towards post graduate certificates in both medical education and clinical research methods. In addition, he will be exploring novel biomarkers for the diagnosis and risk stratification of potentially malignant/dysplastic head and neck lesions.