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Myelopathy Student Society

Our Aims

The society aims to improve the lives of those living with myelopathy through activities including research, patient support groups and educational material.

Cervical myelopathy is a devastating syndrome that leaves patients with lifelong disabilities including difficulties with fine hand movements, having problems with walking, bladder and bowel control. Myelopathy patients have been found to have one of the worst qualities of life of any disease.

The student society has been formed in recognition of the poor knowledge of cervical myelopathy among medical students and non-specialist doctors. This lack of knowledge contributes to slow diagnoses of cervical myelopathy and worse outcomes for patients.We aim to raise awareness and improve education around myelopathy, in order to help tomorrow’s doctors recognise key signs earlier.

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Meet the Student Committee

Ollie Mowforth

I am a final year medical student at University of Cambridge.

I have been researching DCM for over two years and am determined to make a difference for patients. I am incredibly excited to work with a brilliant team this year and look forward to the activities we have planned!

Max Stewart
Vice President

Hi, I'm Max, a 5th year student at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge.

I graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Neuroscience. My research interests include neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopaedics, medical technology and education.

Sam Smith

Hi, I'm Sam , a 5th year medical student from Cambridge. I became interested in myelopathy almost a year ago and am currently undertaking basic science and clinical research in this area with Mark Kotter and Ben Davies.

In my spare time I'm a keen sportsman, regularly playing football and basketball!

Shahzaib Ahmed
Secretary & Social Media

Hi, I'm Shahz, a third year medical student at the University of Cambridge. I first got involved with Myelopathy as the Student Editor of the blog; since then, my interest has only increased and I am now part of with the student society! I am currently intercalating with the Physiology, Development and Neuroscience department, as well as undertaking a research project on the nervous and vascular anatomy of the arm and forearm.

Alice Willison
Fundraising Officer

Hi! I am a current fifth-year medical student finishing the final two years of medical school by concomitantly completing an MRes, with a focus on glioblastoma. Prior to this, I completed a BMSc in genetics and cancer research (First-Class Honours).

I also work closely with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. My specialist interests are in neurosurgery and neuro-oncology.