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These are the excellent presentations from the Children with Cancer UK sponsored childhood cancer session organised by Professor Denis Henshaw for the 8th Princess Chulabhorn International Scientific Congress held in Thailand in November 2016.

Professor Steve Clifford

Professor Steve Clifford

Director of the Northern Institute for Cancer Research
Professor of Molecular Paediatric Oncology
Degree in Applied Biology (Cardiff University)
PhD in Cancer Molecular Biology (Newcastle University)

CC2018 Talk Abstract

Professor Steve Clifford is Director of the Northern Institute of Cancer Research (NICR) at Newcastle University. He graduated with First Class Honours in Applied Biology (Cardiff University) and a PhD in Cancer Molecular Biology (Newcastle University) in the early ‘90s. Following post-docs at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, he was appointed to a tenured Lectureship at Newcastle University in 2000, and as Professor of Molecular Paediatric Oncology in 2009.

Prof. Clifford directs the NICR’s paediatric brain tumour research programme (25 scientists/clinicians), with major interests in understanding the biological basis of embryonal brain tumour development (principally medulloblastoma, ATRT and other embryonal tumours), and translating these findings into improved clinical treatments. He plays leading roles in national (CCLG, NCRI) and international (SIOP-Europe) research networks and clinical trials in medulloblastoma, and directs the UK national reference centre for medulloblastoma molecular diagnostics and pathology review.

His research is supported by five-year programme grants from Cancer Research UK (Biomarker-driven therapies for medulloblastoma, £1.8M), The Brain Tumour Charity/Children with Cancer UK/Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity (INSTINCT: The ICR-Newcastle University-UCL high-risk childhood brain tumour network, £3.9M) and NECCR (Infrastructure funding for paediatric oncology research in Newcastle, £1.2M), and he has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers.

In teaching, he leads under-graduate modules in Cancer at Newcastle University, supervises (>20 to date) and regularly examines MD and PhD candidates. Prof. Clifford sits on advisory panels for Cancer Research UK, the French National Cancer Institute (INCa), Children with Cancer UK and The Neuroblastoma Society, and also helps run an outreach programme for children’s cancer care in Malawi, Africa.

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