2019 Scientific Committee

We’re grateful to all Scientific Committee members for their guidance and support, helping our team produce an innovative and exciting Conference programme. This year’s committee is chaired by Clare Isacke and Ruth Plummer who oversee four sub-committees, each focusing on specific areas of research. All committee members work in cancer research and have been selected due to their expertise in the field.


Clare Isacke
(2019 Joint Chair)

Professor of Molecular Cell Biology

The Institute of Cancer Research, UK

Ruth Plummer
(2019 Joint Chair)

Consultant Medical Oncologist

Newcastle University, UK

Cancer Discovery

Eric O’Neill

CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute

University of Oxford, UK

Margaret Frame

Science Director, CRUK Edinburgh Centre
Director, MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM)

University of Edinburgh, UK

Clare Isacke

Professor of Molecular Cell Biology

The Institute of Cancer Research, UK

Simon Leedham

Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist and an Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist

University of Oxford

Katarzyna Leszczynska

Postdoctoral Researcher

Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland

Jim Norman


Cancer Research UK – Beatson Institute, UK

Liz Patton

Programme Leader, MRC Human Genetics Unit Reader

CRUK Edinburgh Centre, MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK

Owen Sansom


Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, UK

Sakari Vanharanta

Programme Leader, MRC Cancer Unit

University of Cambridge, UK

Prevention, Early Detection, Diagnosis and Prognosis

Linda Bauld

Professor of Public Health
CRUK/BUPA Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention, Cancer Research UK

University of Edinburgh, UK

Francesca Buffa

Associate Professor and Principal Investigator
Computational Biology and Integrative Genomics

University of Oxford, UK

Richard Houlston

Team Leader

The Institute of Cancer Research, UK

Manuel Rodriguez-Justo

Consultant in Histopathology and Senior Lecturer

University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Nitzan Rosenfeld

Senior Group Leader

CRUK-CI, University of Cambridge, UK

Ian Tomlinson

Director of the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

University of Birmingham, UK

Fiona Walter

Principal Researcher/ Reader in the Primary Care Unit, Department of Public Health & Primary Care

University of Cambridge, UK

David Weller

Head of General Practice

Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences & Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK



Maria Hawkins

Associate Professor in Clinical Oncology, MRC Clinical Group Leader/Honorary Consultant Clinical Oncologist, CRUK MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology

University of Oxford, UK

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Strategic partnership and Early Asset Director

BMS UK and Ireland, UK

Chair of Industry Consultation Group – no involvement in presentation or speaker selection

David Cameron

Professor of Oncology and Centre Clinical Director

CRUK Edinburgh Centre, The University of Edinburgh, UK

Pippa Corrie

Consultant and Associate Lecturer in Medical Oncology

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK


Di Gilson

Chair of Clinical Oncology Professional Learning and Development Subcommittee
Consultant Clinical Oncologists, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

The Royal College of Radiologists, UK

David Jayne

Professor of Surgery

University of Leeds, UK

Terry Jones

Professor of Head and Neck Surgery, Cancer Lead for NIHR CRN NWC and Honorary Consultant Otolaryngologist / Head and Neck Surgeon

University of Liverpool and Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Tim Maughan

Professor of Clinical Oncology and Deputy Director of the MRC-CRUK Oxford Institute of Radiation Oncology

Department of Oncology, University of Oxford, UK

Gillies McKenna

Director, Molecular Resistance to Treatments Group

CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, UK

Ruth Plummer

Consultant Medical Oncologist

Newcastle University, UK

Matt Seymour

Matt Seymour

Chair of Gastrointestinal Cancer Medicine & Hon. Consultant Medical Oncologist
Director of NIHR Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
Clinical Research Director of National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI)

NIHR Clinical Research Network: cancer, Leeds, UK and the National Cancer Research Institute, UK

Dan Stark

Associate professor in cancer medicine and honorary consultant in medical oncology

University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Richard Wilson

Clinical Professor

University of Glasgow, UK

Living With And Beyond Cancer


Lynda Wyld

Professor of Surgical Oncology

Department of Oncology and Metabolism, University of Sheffield, UK

Sam Ahmedzai

National Speciality Lead for Supportive Care and Community-based Research

NIHR CRN Cancer Cluster, UK

Diana Greenfield

Macmillan Consultant Nurse

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Gemma Pearce

Research Associate

Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science, Coventry University, UK

Richard Simcock

Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Stephanie Sivell

Marie Curie Research Associate

Cardiff University, UK

Galina Velikova

Professor Medical Oncology

University of Leeds, UK

Eila Watson

Professor Supportive Cancer Care

Oxford brookes University, UK


Fiona Hemsley

Director of Research Operations

The Institute of Cancer Research, UK

Richard Stephens

Consumer Forum