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Annual Clark-Kennedy lecture features alumna Dr Jenny Dickens (m.1999)

The Lewis Society of Medicine held its annual Clark-Kennedy dinner and lecture this past weekend, and in keeping with this year's theme, Forty Years On • Women of Corpus, featured a female keynote speaker, alumna Dr Jennifer Dickens (m.1999), who spoke on the topic 'A career based on curiosity'.

The Society was established in 2007 and consists of past and current members of the College associated with medical, veterinary or biomedical science. It is named after Dr Peter Lewis, a pioneering neurobiologist and Director of Medical Studies at Corpus Christi from 1960-84. The Society's mission is to support and develop medical teaching and research at Corpus Christi, involving students, old members, supervisors, Fellows and staff involved with medical life at the College. In addition, they hold a number of public events throughout the year aimed at promoting awareness and discussion on current topics related to the science and practice of medicine.

Vice-President of the Lewis Society Ken Li said,

"The Lewis Society of Medicine’s annual dinner took place on Saturday 3 February, and started as usual with a lecture from an alumni member at 17.30. This year, we were thrilled to welcome back Dr Jenny Dickens, an academic clinician who specialises in respiratory diseases at Royal Papworth. 

The lecture covered Dr Dickens’ journey to becoming an academic clinician scientist, with emphasis on her PhD work and current work. It was a gripping talk and well received by all. The drinks reception followed and involved productive networking between our alumni, Fellows, and students. 

Dinner was served from 19.30; the Corpus catering staff did a great job of serving a fantastic three-course meal complemented with an excellent selection of wines. The conversation moved to the Bath House pub after the dinner and continued until the early hours of the morning. On the whole, this was a fruitful evening and we thank all students, fellows, and alumni for coming, and look forward to welcoming everyone back next year!"

Dr Jenny Dickens

A twitter/X exchange showed that both the lecture and the event were appreciated by both Dr Dickens and the audience, including Fellow Professor Ewan St. John Smith.