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The ICR and RMH BAME forum are pleased to host a panel discussion covering research and clinical care, politics and the arts

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The ICR and RMH BAME forum are pleased to host a panel discussion covering research and clinical care, politics and the arts – introduced by the ICRs Academic Dean and forum champion Professor Clare Isacke.

Speakers include Dr Navita Somaiah, Clinical Research Fellow at the ICR and The Royal Marsden, Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy, the Society of Black Lawyers and the award-winning playwright Ade Solanke. These speakers have all in their own right contributed to Black History in the UK and Worldwide. They will be sharing their path of Excellence stories and will be available for a Q&A session. Refreshments will be available after the talk.

Dr Navita Somaiah is a Clinician Scientist and Senior Researcher at the ICR and a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden. She is the first recipient of an ICR Clinician Scientist Fellowship award. Her research focuses on how the delivery of radiotherapy could be personalised for patients, to improve treatment outcomes and effectiveness. She is the translational lead at The Royal Marsden for the PRADA (Primary Radiotherapy And DIEP flAp Reconstruction Trial) and Neo-RT trials these are pioneering translational radiotherapy studies in breast cancer tumour hypoxia. Dr Somaiah is also the Chief Investigator of the PIMO trial, investigating liquid biopsies as a novel method to detect tumour hypoxia.

Bell Ribeiro-Addy was the former National Black Students' Officer for the National Union of Students (NUS). In this nationally elected role Bell headed the largest organisation of Black students in Europe that represents 1.3 million students of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean heritage students in Britain on issues relating to social, political and academic under-representation, international policy and educational inequality. Bell has a particular interest in international peace and justice and challenging racial inequality across gender, disability, sexual orientation and faith dimensions. She has previously worked as a Campaigns Officer for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and the National Assembly Against Racism. Bell also spent four years as a Parliamentary Assistant. Since 2015 she has been a Political Advisor for the Labour Party working on International Development, Health and now in Home Affairs where she has been instrumental in exposing the Windrush Scandal, challenging the Government on their treatment of Grenfell survivors, and changing the Labour party’s immigration policy.

Ade Solanke is a British-Nigerian playwright, screenwriter, and academic. She is the artistic director and founder of Spora Stories, creating plays and films about the African diaspora. Her award-winning plays include the acclaimed 'Pandora's Box', which won a Best New Play nomination in the Off West End Theatre Awards and was shortlisted for the $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s biggest literary award. Ade’s play, The Court Must Have a Queen, premiered in 2018 at Hampton Court Palace and featured John Blanke, an African Musician in the courts of Henry V11 and Henry V111. Her drama, Phillis in London, about Phillis Wheatley, the enslaved teenage prodigy who in 1773 published the first collection of poetry by an African, has been performed around the world. She’s written for The Guardian, The New Statesman, Art Monthly, The Times Literary Supplement , The Voice and BBC Radio 4. She lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich.

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