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Studying at NDORMS

A brief insight into the student life at NDORMS.

Isabell S. von Loga

DPhil Student

I read my undergraduate degree in psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University. My research focused on visual perception as well as addiction behaviours. After completing my undergraduate degree, I studied graduate medicine at Imperial College London. During my medical degree I was especially interested in the field of rheumatology, leading me to pursue an academic clinical career in this field. In 2015, I was awarded the Kennedy Prize Studentship as well as a Medical Research Council Grant to pursue a DPhil in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford.

For the 2016/2017 season, in addition to my studies I was the President of the Oxford University Women's Boat Club in the annual Oxford Cambridge Boat Races on the Thames. To get a glimpse of what it was like to be a student athlete in such an extraordinary endeavour, please click on the link to the right hand side of this profile to watch a brief interview excerpt (2:00min).

Academically, my DPhil research focuses on molecular mechanisms of pain in osteoarthritis. Pain is the most commonly cited reason for patients to seek medical help, yet, its aetiology remains poorly understood and conventional analgesia is frequently ineffective. We aim to further understand the pathogenesis of pain in osteoarthritis as well as targeting potential molecules involved in this pain process.


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Recent Publications



Medical Research Council Grant

Kennedy Prize Studentship

Henry Luce Foundation: Grant for Neurocognitive Scientific Research

Princeton University Senior Thesis Research Fund

Extracurricular activities: The Day of the Boat Race

What goes on the Day of the Boat Race 2017 as the President of the Oxford University Women's Boat Club