The team

Dr. Stephen Spencer FRGS

Stephen is a Bristol based doctor. He founded the Manchester University Expedition Society and Madagascar Medical Expeditions (MADEX). He has been expedition medical officer/leader on trips through the Bornean, Amazonian, Madagascan and Indonesian rainforests, and has worked as a dive medic in Mexico. Stephen was winner of the Scientific Exploration Society Rivers Award 2016, as well as the University of Manchester Volunteer of the Year Award and part of the MADEX 2015 team that won the Making a Difference Award for Social Responsibility.

Mr. James Penney

James is a final year medical student at the University of Manchester, and has been involved in all Madex expeditions since 2015. He was part of the team that won the University Making a Difference Award for Social Responsibility, and has led the planning of research methods and international communications throughout. James has experience in logistics of unsupported trips through planning hikes across Corsica, French/Italian Alps, cycles through France, Barcelona to Bosnia and Manchester to Hereford in a day! James speaks conversational French, loves exploring remote jungles, and doesn’t mind not showering for a month, so Madex is a match made in heaven.

Mr Cortland Linder

Cortland is a final year medical student at the University of Manchester. He became involved in Madex in 2015 and has joined the team for the 2016 and 2017 expeditions, helping investigate schistosomiasis morbidity and treat children in the region. His main interest is in planning and analysing the research components of the project. Cortland has worked as a camp counsellor in the USA and enjoys climbing, cycling and running. He has an MRes in Genetic Medicine and hopes to pursue a career in tropical medicine and public health.

Miss Kate Hyde

Kate is currently a fourth year medical student at the University of Manchester and joined the team in September 2016. She has always loved adventure and relishes the opportunity to combine this passion with her career. Along with Madex she is a keen member of the Manchester Wilderness Medicine Society and the Oldham Moutain rescue team all of which help to get her out of the concrete jungle of Manchester on a regular basis.
Having spent much of her childhood and teenage years staring down a microscope doing worm egg counts at her parents veterinary clinic, she hopes this experience might come in useful in the field!

Miss Jemima Henstridge-Blows

Jemima is a new member of the team this year, currently in her fourth year at Manchester having completed a BSc Hons in St Andrews. Jemima is an enthusiastic member, who enjoys all things outdoors, frequently found hiking, sailing or surfing. With a keen interest in education projects, leading the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme at St Andrews and teaching school-aged children human biology. Jemima has experience in teaching, spending her gap year teaching and tutoring. She has a keen interest in paediatrics and has taught dance classes for many years. Jemima enjoys exploring new horizons and her role in the team is to run the education programme to better prevent and manage schistosomiasis in the Marolambo region.

Dr Isla Young

Isla attended medical schools at the Universities of St Andrews and then Manchester, graduating in 2014. Over these years she gained experience of both clinical and public health medicine whilst working in rural settings in Zambia and Nepal. She has worked with children of different abilities and languages across the world.
After completing her foundation years in central Manchester Isla began her ‘FY3’, during which she has volunteered as a doctor on a winter ultramarathon, practised remote medicine working in the Orkney Isles and has continued to learn French.

Dr Hannah J. Russell

Having trained at the University of Manchester Hannah is now working as an FY1 doctor in Oxford. Hannah is a founder of Manchester University’s first Expedition Society and a pivotal member of the Madex team, having joined both the 2015 and 2016 expeditions. Unfortunately due to a demanding work schedule she has been unable to join us in field this year however she has still been responsible for much of the pre trip organisation and will be sorely missed!

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