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Medics and Vets Virtual Symposium

Medic & Vet symposium 2019

We look forward to welcoming over 70 Girton alumni, Fellows and students to the biennial Medics and Vets event on Saturday 8 May 2021, from 3pm to 5.15pm BST. 

Below is the programme of the Symposium. To register for this event please complete the online booking form (click the button at the top right of this page) or email Please feel free to contact the Development Office ( if you have any queries.

Virtual Event

This is an online event and we will use the video conferencing platform, Zoom. If you wish to attend, please ensure that you have downloaded the Zoom software onto your smartphone, tablet or computer.


3.00pm               Welcome and introduction: Dr Fiona Cooke (Medical Sciences, 1989) Fellow and Dr Charlie Bell, John Marks Official Fellow in Medicine

3.05–3.25pm      Dr Mandeep Baveja (Medical Sciences, 2001), GP in South West London. 'Reflections of a Girton GP'

3.25–3.45pm      Dr Sally Turner (Veterinary Sciences, 1985) RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. ‘A pot-pourri of veterinary ophthalmology’

3.45–4.05pm      Professor Jackie Cassell (Medical Sciences, 1982), Consultant in Public Health. ‘Scabies: a neglected tropical disease close to home’

4.05–4.25pm      Professor Matthew Allen (Veterinary Sciences, 1985) Fellow. ‘Bone Cancer as a Model for One Medicine’

4.25–4.40pm      Mr Leo Nagy (Medical Sciences, 2018) ‘Counting Neurons’

4.40–4.55pm      Miss Honoria Brown (Veterinary Sciences, 2015) ‘Off the Beaten Track’

4.55–5.10pm      Hammond Science Communication Prize Runner-up and winner of the Pathology Prize – Elys Healy (Medical Sciences, 2018) 'Is a career in pathology becoming increasingly fragile as a result of advances in Artificial Intelligence?'

5.10–5.15pm      Concluding Remarks: Dr Marie-Aude Genain, Fellow in Veterinary Medicine


Dr Fiona Cooke 
Fellow and Director of Studies

Fiona CookeHaving been a Girton undergraduate medical student, I was delighted to return to Girton as Official Fellow and College Lecturer in 2004. I have been the Director of Studies for various undergraduate and clinical medics, and have worked closely with GMVS and other Medical Fellows to develop various initiatives over the years. My day-job is as a Consultant Medical Microbiologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, specialising in the diagnosis and management of bacterial infections, so am in the fortunate position of combining laboratory and clinical work. My favourite bug is Salmonella, which was the subject of my PhD.

I continue to supervise pathology for Girton medics, but have had to relinquish the DoS role since I became a SubDean at the Clinical School in Autumn 2020. I currently sit on Girton College Council, and am also the Dean of Discipline at Girton.

I would like to wish you a very warm welcome to today’s symposium, and hope it’s not too long before I see you back in College in person!

Dr Mandeep Baveja
GP in South West London

Dr Mandeep Baveja matriculated in 2001 to read Medical Sciences. Mandeep's portfolio career means he splits his time between his GP work, where he has a interest in dermatology, and teaching medical students. He also works for NHS England as a Senior Clinical Advisor and a GP Appraiser.

Dr Sally M Turner MA VetMB DVOphthal MRCVS 
RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Dr Sally TurnerSally did her specialist training in Comparative Ophthalmology as GDBA Fellow at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket and gaining the Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1997 and  RCVS Specialist status shortly afterwards.   She works as a consultant in private referral practice in London, lectures widely (to vets and nurses) and is passionate about improving the standard of ophthalmology in general practice.   She is also the author of two books on veterinary ophthalmology.

Professor Jackie Cassell
Consultant in Public Health

Professor Jackie CassellProfessor Jackie Cassell is a clinical academic at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.  She trained in both public health and genitourinary medicine, after a period of doing various non-career jobs and wondering whether she fitted into medicine at all.  In recent years she became interested in infections in care homes, particularly scabies which she will talk about today.  During the Covid-19 pandemic she has been advising government on Social Care on a Working Group advising SAGE and the Department of Health.

Professor Matthew J. Allen, Vet MB, PhD, MRCVS
Professor of Small Animal Surgery, University of Cambridge

Professor Matthew AllenAfter initial veterinary training at the University of Cambridge, Matthew pursued a PhD (Cambridge) and then a post-doctoral fellowship (Purdue) in comparative orthopaedics. Matthew moved to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, where he held joint appointments in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery, Neuroscience & Physiology, and Laboratory Animal Resources. During his 12 years at Syracuse, he mentored a number of graduate students and orthopedic residents pursuing thesis research. Matthew was recruited to The Ohio State University in March 2008 and directed the Surgical Research Laboratory at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Over his time at OSU, he served as the research mentor for 2 PhD students, 9 veterinary surgical residents and 6 surgical Fellows. He also established a clinical total knee replacement program in the Veterinary Medical Centre. In 2014, Matthew was elected Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the University of Cambridge. His clinical focus is on total joint replacement and clinical outcomes. His research, performed in the newly established Surgical Discovery Centre, involves a mixture of preclinical and clinical research in the areas of musculoskeletal cancer, arthritis and regenerative medicine, total joint replacement, surgical robotics and image-guided surgery.

Leo Nagy
Medical Sciences, 2018

Leo NagyLeo is a third year medic at Girton. Hungarian born and raised in Slovakia, he finished his last three years of high school in Brussels. This year Leo is studying neuroscience with a research project looking at ways to automate analysis of neural networks in order to better understand what affects network development and activity.


Miss Honoria Brown
Veterinary Sciences, 2015

Honoria BrownHonoria is a final year vet student at Girton, and plans to go into research and eventually enterprise following graduation. Over her six years here, she has explored different aspects of bench-top and in-field veterinary applications, and discovered an (unexpected) love for tech and engineering. Whilst Honoria does not intend to enter veterinary practice at this point in her life, she aims to combine her clinical knowledge with her enthusiasm for building things to help to tackle disease in horses.