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Dr Brian Angus, OUCAGS Executive Committee

Brian is the Clinical Tutor in Medicine, a Reader in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine in the University of Oxford, and Honorary Consultant Physician in Acute General Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

After studying medicine with an intercalated BSc in Pathology in Glasgow, he completed his MD in severe malaria in Thailand and Ghana, with the Mahidol Oxford Research Unit (MORU). He conducted studies into the pharmacokinetics of the new antimalarial artemisinin drugs which are now standard therapy for falciparum malaria. He also conducted trials in melioidosis and penicilliosis.

He returned to the UK in 1997 to complete clinical training at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and accredited in Acute General Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine. Brian was appointed as Clinical Tutor in Medicine to run the undergraduate teaching programme in medicine for Oxford Medical School. He was appointed as Director of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Medicine in 2003. This involves liaison between the overseas tropical research teams, the university and the NHS.

His research interests are now mainly in large trials in HIV medicine as an Honorary Senior Clinical Scientist with the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit. More recently he has led national trials in Influenza and also Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Brian also works with the Oxford Vaccine Group in developing new vaccines against infections.

Brian was an Associate Foundation Programme Training Programme Director within the Oxford Deanery before taking up the post of Training Programme Director for Academic Medicine. He also sits on the Executive Board of the School of Medicine as well as the undergraduate Clinical Education Committee. He is a member of the MRCP Specialist Question Writing Committee for MRCP and the Standard Setting Group for the Specialty Certificate Examination in Infection in the Royal College of Physicians. He is also on the Continuing Professional Development Advisory Board for the RCP.

He has taken a leadership role in the Academic Clinical Fellowship posts, particularly in Core Medical Training. He is attempting to ensure that the maximum flexibility is maintained, so that relatively junior trainees are given the opportunity to explore how they can develop as clinical academics while, importantly, guaranteeing that they reach their clinical competencies. He feels that the key aim of OUCAGS is to provide the environment where the trainee is given the greatest opportunity to flourish as a clinical academic.