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Richard Wilson completed his medical degree at the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and worked in N. Ireland and Scotland as a junior doctor. He undertook basic science research in colorectal cancer for which he received his doctoral degree. He subsequently trained in clinical oncology in N. Ireland and attained UK accreditation. Following this, he undertook a Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in the US National Institutes of Health where he received specialist training in medical oncology, early phase cancer clinical trials and drug development. He returned to the UK as a clinical academic in QUB and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. He set up the early phase cancer clinical trials programme in Belfast and the N. Ireland Cancer Trials Network. He moved in February 2019 from his position as Professor in Cancer Medicine in QUB to the University of Glasgow where he is Professor of Gastrointestinal Oncology and also Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology in the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.He works in lower gastrointestinal cancer (mainly in colorectal cancer but also in small bowel cancer and peritoneal malignancies) and conducts biological, translational and clinical research in these diseases. He is Chief Investigator on many local, national and international cancer clinical trials in both early and late phase settings. He previously chaired the UK National Cancer Research Institute Colorectal Cancer Clinical Studies Group and is a member of its Adjuvant and Advanced Disease Subgroup.