BASO ~ The Association for Cancer Surgery, UK
What area of cancer research do you specialise in and how did you get in to it?
My main interests are in how we treat older patients with breast cancer to balance optimal cancer care and minimise treatment morbidity
What inspired you to forge a career in cancer research?
I have always had an interest in research since I was at medical school and did an intercalated degree, then a PhD during my training and finally took a clinical academic post at the University of Sheffield
What have you been working on most recently?
The Age Gap multicentre trial of how we optimise care for older women with early breast cancer
What do you perceive to be the biggest challenges in cancer research?
Balancing the costs of the new technologies, which are undoubtedly going to make a huge impact on cure rates but may be beyond the reach of a large proportion of even the developed world’s budget and completely unattainable for the bulk of the world’s poorer populations. Cost effective therapies and lifestyle changes to reduce cancer rates, especially as population aging magnifies our global cancer burden
What do you consider to be the most exciting development in cancer research at present?
Immunotherapies and our increasing awareness of epigenetics in cancer causation
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
Getting the Age Gap trial established
About the Scientific Committee
What has been the biggest challenge of being a member of the Committee?
It has been challenging to mesh our BASO congress with the NCRI but we have been made to feel very welcome and are very excited about the programme
What have you enjoyed most about being on the Committee?
Meeting new people with much wider ranging interests than I normally meet in the surgical world. I am very pleased that this linkage will broaden the horizons of surgeons and the wider membership of the NCRI
Will participants get the chance to talk with you and other members of the Committee during the Conference?
I will be around and am always happy to chat
How have the Committee chosen what will appear on the programme?
Based on current hot topics and latest developments in clinical surgery and multidisciplinary cancer care
Looking forward to the 2016 NCRI Cancer Conference
What are you looking forward to most about this year’s Conference?
Seeing how the 2 congresses will mesh together. Hoping for excellent feedback from both BASO and NCRI members
What is new for the 2016 Conference?
The robotics session will be a highlight and we are really pleased that Intuitive have agreed to allow us to have a Robot for the day on Monday for delegates to see and hopefully try
What do you predict to be the highlights of this year’s Conference? We have invited some of the UK and worlds most eminent surgeons to present their work and these will be excellent sessions
What would you say to convince people to attend this year’s Conference? The congress will broaden your horizons and hopefully inject new enthusiasm into surgical cancer research
How will attending the Conference benefit students and those in the early stages of their career? It will be a unique mixture of surgery, oncology, research and basic science from top experts globally
Just for fun
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Walking my 2 very mischievous patterdale terriers!
Name three things you would take with you to a desert island.
My husband (he can make fire), a knife to make a shelter, (hopefully just for 1 night), and a satellite phone so I could call for help as I don’t like camping!