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Professor and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology, Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen’s University Belfast

I qualified in medicine in Queen’s University Belfast, then worked in N. Ireland and Scotland as a junior doctor, including 3 years basic science research in colorectal cancer. Subsequently, I trained in clinical oncology achieving UK accreditation, and then undertook a Visiting Fellowship in the National Cancer Institute in the USA, where I trained in medical oncology, early phase clinical trials, clinical pharmacology and drug development. In 2001, I was jointly appointed as a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology between the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Queen’s University Belfast.  I set up the first phase I cancer trials programme in Ireland, and also the N. Ireland Cancer Trials Network, for which I am Clinical Director. My main areas of interest are in colorectal and small bowel cancer, early and late phase cancer clinical trials, drug development, personalised and experimental cancer medicine. I currently chair the UK National Cancer Research Institute Colorectal Cancer Clinical Studies Group and am a member of the Medical Advisory Board of Bowel Cancer UK.