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Dr Dan Reisel
72 Huntley Street
Tel: 02031082003
  • Research Associate
  • Inst for Women's Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I serve as the co-ordinator of the BRCA Research Clinic, whose purpose is to identify novel ways of predicting and preventing women's cancer. I conduct research into the impact of panomic testing (genetic, epigenetic, microbiomic etc.), around themes such as barriers to testing, optimal communication and support, and health behaviour in response to testing. I'm passionate about teaching and have a special interest in blended learning.

Research Summary

One of the biggest challenges in modern medicine is how to tailor diagnosis and treatment to each individual patient. With the help of new genetic and epigenetic techniques, we are now able to better characterise risk and inform an individual's choice. We are just starting to see the benefit of this approach and much work remains in order to make it clinically meaningful.

In the Translational Research Group, we use a number of molecular approaches to predict cancer risk and stratify patient's based on their individual profile. In 2015, we launched an ambitious research programme called BRCA PROTECT, whose aim is identify principal risk factors in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The study will collect biosamples from a large and diverse group of women, with the aim to improve our ability to predict who is more likely to develop cancer in their lifetime. 
Teaching Summary

I teach eight sessions per year for the two MSc programmes in Women's Health, and four sessions for the UCL Medical School. Since 2012, I've been as a Reflective Practice Tutor at the Medical School, helping students develop reflective reasoning skills. I have devised a new teaching module in Ethics of Women's Health, and recently received a research grant from UCL to create an open-access course in Reproductive Ethics, due to launch in May 2016. 

Academic Background
2011 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine University College London
2005 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Behavioural Sciences University of Oxford
2000 MSc Master of Science – Neuroscience University of Oxford
1998 BA Bachelor of Arts – Behavioural Neuroscience and Psychology Trinity College Cambridge
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