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Dr Karin Hellner

Dr Karin Hellner

Clinical Referrals

For NHS and clinical queries please contact the Colposcopy Department on 01865 572110 or email orh-tr.colposcopyoxford@nhs.net.

For private patient appointments please contact my secretary Miss Charlotte Whipp on 01865 234453 or email charlotte.whipp@ouh.nhs.uk.

Clinical Trials

We are carrying out a number of research studies to help us design and test new treatments for cervical abnormalities caused by infection with oncogenic HPV.

HPV Vaccine Trial

REVEAL-01 is investigating the first therapeutic vaccine to show efficacy against cervical abnormalities associated with HPV-16 and HPV-18. Its predecessor trial was published in the Lancet in 2015, indicating the vaccine could present a non-surgical option to treat CIN2/3. REVEAL-01 is a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 200 sites worldwide.

HPV Immunity study

This trial aims to find out how the immune system clears high-risk HPV, the viruses that cause cervical cancer (http://www.jenner.ac.uk/hpvhttp://www.jenner.ac.uk/hpv). We are looking for women aged 16-24 years who are in good health. If you are interested, please contact the research team on hpv-study@ndm.ox.ac.uk.

Karin Hellner

MD PhD


Senior Fellow in Women's Health

  • Consultant Gynaecologist and Colposcopist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Clinical Lead for Colposcopy
  • Principal Investigator
  • BSCCP Representative for South-East England
  • Lead for OUH Cervical Sample Taker Register
  • UK Chief Investigator for REVEAL-01 Trial

Biography & Research


I received my medical degree from the Humboldt-University of Berlin in 2003 and split my specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology between the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, in Germany, and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in Oxford, UK.

I spent 4 years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School / Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, USA, where I have been working on the molecular mechanisms of human papillomavirus (HPV) associated carcinogenesis and drug discovery strategies for cervical cancer.

I joined the University of Oxford in 2011 as a Clinical Lecturer and was appointed as Senior Fellow in Women's Health in 2017.

I have a strong clinical interest in HPV associated cervical disease and am leading a research programme in the field of the molecular basis and clinical managment of cervical dysplasia. I am the lead consultant for Oxford's colposcopy service and Principal Investigator of multiple national and international clinical trials.

In addition, I am a board member of the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP) representing the South-East of England, a BSCCP accredited colposcopy trainer and elected member of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI). In my spare time I volunteer as expert reviewer for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust Charity.

Fellowships & Awards

  • 2000 - 2001: PhD student fellowship by the Charite - Medical Faculty, Humboldt-University of Berlin
  • 2007 - 2008: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for basic research at Harvard Medical School Boston, USA
  • 2010: DNA Tumor Virus Conference Grant
  • 2010: Brigham & Women's Hospital Peer Mentor Award
  • 2015: Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School (OUCAGS) Career Development Grant
  • 2015: OUCAGS Travel Grant for Clinical Lecturers
  • 2017: Bayer Grants4Targets Award

Key publications

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