Welcome

Welcome to the 'Oxford Innovative Organic Synthesis for Cancer Research (OxIOSCR)' project, an EU-funded Marie Curie Innovative Doctoral Programme (IDP), established to train graduate organic chemists to develop synthetic routes to natural products and their analogues with potent anti-cancer activity.
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Thirteen doctoral research students, Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), have undertaken a three-year comprehensive training programme, working within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, using state-of-the-art synthetic methods and techniques with a particular focus on biocatalysis, electrosynthesis and flow chemistry. The ESRs worked in teams of three or four on distinct programmes of research supported by expert chemistry and cancer biology advisers. Although largely based within Oxford's research environment, the ESRs, during their second year of training, were posted on two one-month secondments hosted by eight Associated Partners distributed over six European countries.

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The overarching aim of the OxIOSCR training programme is to lead to more sustainable synthetic chemistry, new strategies for organic synthesis, a strongly connected network of chemists and cancer biologists and release a generation of fully trained synthesis innovators into the academic and chemical industrial workplace.

Recent highlights

Congratulations (Apr 2017): Many congratulations to Allegra Franchino who won first prize for her talk on “asymmetric catalysis for the activation of functionalised isonitriles” at the 28th SCI Regional Postgraduate Symposium on Novel Organic Chemistry ... Read more...
Congratulations (Mar 2017): Well done to Anaïs Bouisseau who successfully passed her DPhil viva on 9th March ... Read more...
Publication (2017): Congratulations Anaïs Bouisseau and Patricia Fernández Rodríguez for their publication in collaboration with Associated Partner Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. Read more...
Running success (Oct 2016). Well done to OxIOSCR students Philipp Schäfer and Aubert Ribaucourt and project administrator Dr Tracey Marr for running the Oxford Half Marathon on 9th October... Read more...
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement number: 316955.