Lucy Barnard, Manager of Pediatric Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT), joined Sidra in April 2013 from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London where she was a Lead Nurse. Lucy has worked in oncology for 14 years and brings a wealth of experience with her to Doha.
Find out more about what brought Lucy to Sidra and exciting opportunities in her field:
1. What inspired you to come and work for Sidra?
I wanted a change from the hustle and bustle of living and working in central London so started looking for job prospects abroad. When I found out what Sidra was aiming to achieve in Qatar, I jumped at the chance. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to be involved in opening a brand new, state-of-the-art facility and I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in.
2. What interesting innovations or opportunities do you see in your field at present?
Immunotherapy is probably the most promising advancement that I have seen in the treatment of cancer. It (very basically) involves utilizing T cells to target and destroy cancer cells and can be individualized to specific diseases and even personalized to make individual cancer vaccines.
(Sidra and the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer recently hosted a Sidra Symposia event on the topic in Doha. Learn more about what was discussed here)
3. What are the best things you’ve found out about Doha so far?
The miles of beautiful, unspoiled, deserted beaches.
4. How do you fill your leisure time in Doha?
One of my favorite pastimes at the moment is just to go exploring so I have a better idea of what both Doha and Qatar has to offer. We’ll get in the car, decide on a direction and just drive around and see where we end up. Sometimes it’s through the city to an area we haven’t been before. Recently we drove north and ended up on another beautiful beach where we found flamingoes wading in the ocean.
5. What is a fun fact that people would be pleasantly surprised to know about you?
I ran the New York marathon in 2008 in 4 hours and 46 minutes!