Celebrating Medicine

6th October 2016

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Marking the retirement of Dr Stephen Goss, more than 100 Wadham medics and their guests attended the triennial Medical Society Reunion in College this week.

  • Dr Stephen Goss

    Dr Stephen Goss

A special black-tie dinner was held in Hall to celebrate Medicine at Wadham, and to thank Dr Goss who for almost 40 years has been a beloved Fellow and tireless Tutor in Medicine and in recent years, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Personnel and Equality. 

Talks given by alumni during the afternoon covered a range of entertaining and thought-provoking topics. These included an overview of the recent stand-off between Junior Doctors and the government, a review of changes over the past two centuries in how children’s mental health was viewed from a legal standpoint, an Ignoble Prize Laureate’s presentation of his work using music therapy on mice after heart-transplant, and a history of Sir William Osler’s pioneering work in gastroenterology.

The keynote Edward Stone Lecture was presented by Sophie Hambleton (1985), Professor of Paediatrics and Immunology, Newcastle, on how molecular medicine is proving central to our understanding and treatment of immune deficiencies in children.

The talks were given in the 'Goss Lecture Theatre' in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, where there was opportunity to see the state-of-the-art teaching laboratories that had been built under Stephen Goss's direction during his time as Director of Preclinical Studies.

Wadham Fellow Dr Andrew Farmery gave personal thanks to Stephen as a colleague over the past years, and Dr Susan Cleator (1986) gave a heartfelt speech honouring her tutor, and recalling her many tutorials and essays, and the number of ways that Stephen had helped to inspire and guide her over the years.  Recalling the subject of her first essay, which she joked was etched into her mind, many of the guests in Hall were able to recite – word for word – the essay title that they too had been given, many decades ago: Describe how an appreciation of the resistive and capacitative properties of the cell membrane are central to an understanding of the initiation and propagation of the action potential.

A special gift, Memories from Wadham, a collection of messages and photos from students and friends over the years, was presented to Dr Goss.