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Dr Karin Hellner

Dr Karin Hellner

Clinical Referrals

For NHS and clinical queries please contact my secretary Charlotte Whipp on 01865 234453 or email For colposcopy related enquiries please contact the Colposcopy Department on 01865 572110 or email

For private patient appointments please contact my secretary Janet White via

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.

Therapeutic HPV Vaccine

HPV001 is investigating the broadest therapeutic vaccine to show efficacy against cervical abnormalities associated with 5 high-risk HPV types and is a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 15 trial sites across the UK and Europe. Oxford is the lead trial site and we anticipate to open for recruitment in late Spring 2020. The study was recently featured in The Guardian. If you are interested, please contact the research team on

HPV Immunity study

This trial aims to find out how the immune system clears high-risk HPV, the viruses that cause cervical cancer ( We are looking for women aged 16-24 years who are in good health. If you are interested, please contact the research team on

Karin Hellner


Senior Fellow in Women's Health

  • Consultant Gynaecologist and Colposcopist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Clinical Lead for Colposcopy
  • Chief-Investigator for HPV001 (Therapeutic HPV Vaccine)
  • Principal Investigator
  • BSCCP Representative for South-East England
  • Lead for OUH Cervical Sample Taker Register

Research groups

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 program in the field of the molecular basis and clinical management 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

Recent publications

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