Oncology information for professionals

Research and postgraduate training

Our department is keen to support the development of doctors who want to pursue an academic career. Opportunities are available at all career stages and we hope to train the next generation of leading clinician-scientists in the field.

Many of our consultants have research groups and are actively involved in laboratory-based, clinical research studies, and clinical trial development. The short distance between the Children’s Hospital and the University of Birmingham - with its internationally recognised research, opens the door to projects led by other non-clinical investigators across the spectrum of biomedical research and healthcare. Junior doctors in our department have successfully completed academic fellowships, Masters and PhD courses. Information on postgraduate courses available at the University of Birmingham can be found at https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/index.aspx. Funding and applications should be discussed with potential supervisors and the clinical team at the earliest opportunity.

Zumala Cader Name: Dr Zumla Cader.
Title: Academic Clinical Lecturer, the Children's Hospital 

Laboratory research: School of Cancer Sciences, University of Birmingham
I have been working as an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Oncology for the past three and half years at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham University. I first became interested in Oncology during my senior house officer rotation but decided to follow an academic route after my MSc in Clinical Oncology at Birmingham University. I was fascinated by the mechanisms leading to cancer formation and wanted to develop this interest further by requesting out-of-programme experience to complete a PhD in Cancer Sciences.

Time out for research does prolong clinical training but I have enjoyed the intellectual autonomy of academia and the opportunities to pursue a novel area of research which may lead to innovative therapies and improvement in health care. Post PhD I wanted to continue my research and working as an ACL has enabled me to do that. I work in two weekly blocks which gives both continuity and flexibility to conduct laboratory-based research. Similarly by restricting my NHS commitments to my clinical weeks this has allowed me to focus on patient care and my clinical training. Ultimately, I gain a great deal of job satisfaction from both my clinical and research positions.

Research Fellowships

The University of Birmingham and the Children’s Hospital are keen to expand our research portfolio in paediatric haematology and oncology. If you are a scientist (clinical or non-clinical at post-doctoral level or above) with a strong track record of basic or translational research we would be delighted to hear from you.

Support for new or existing laboratory principal investigators may be developed through the Birmingham Research Fellowship schemes.

Please contact Dr Francis Mussai at francis.mussai@nhs.net.