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Cancer subspecialty areas, subspecialty leads and Cancer Specialty Group

 

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Cancer subspecialty areas

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Cancer Portfolio is divided into 13 subspecialty areas.

Brain Cancer
Breast Cancer
Children and Young People’s (CYP) Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Gynaecological Cancer
Haematological Oncology
Head and Neck Cancer
Lung Cancer
Sarcoma Cancer
Skin Cancer
Supportive and Palliative Care, Psychosocial oncology and Survivorship (SPCPS)
Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer
Urology

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) is made up of 15 Local Clinical Research Networks that cover the length and breadth of England. To help drive research into the different subspecialty areas each one has a subspecialty lead or subspecialty champion for each subspecialty who promotes and supports research within their subspecialty area in their local NHS Trusts.

At a national level these groups come together to manage the respective national subspecialty portfolio through a programme of subspecialty meetings organised by the CRN Cancer Specialty. The group actively engages with funders of research and other stakeholders to help ensure that there is a continuous pipeline of high quality research studies and the capacity to deliver these successfully in the NHS. They are also called upon as key opinion leaders to provide expert advice on the development and delivery of studies.

If you would like to get in touch with the subspecialty leads please contact crncancer@nihr.ac.uk

Cancer subspecialty leads

Brain Cancer

CRN Eastern: Gary Doherty
CRN East Midlands: Professor Stuart Smith
CRN Greater Manchester: Catherine MacBain
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex:
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Dr Joanne Lewis
CRN North Thames: Dr Martin Forster
CRN North West Coast: Mr Michael Jenkinson
CRN North West London: Dr Matt Williams
CRN South London: Dr Lucy Brazil
CRN South West Peninsula: Dr Fiona Minear
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Mr Puneet Plaha
CRN Wessex: Dr Omar Alsalihi
CRN West Midlands: Paul Sanghera
CRN West of England: Dr Christopher Herbert
CRN Yorkshire and Humber: Michael Flatley

Breast Cancer

CRN Eastern: Dr Karen McAdam
CRN East Midlands: Amit Goyal
CRN Greater Manchester: Professor Nigel Bundred
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: vacant
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Dr Mark Verril
CRN North Thames: Judy King, Rachael Windsor
CRN North West Coast: Dr Martin Hogg
CRN North West London: Dr Suzy Cleator
CRN South London: Professor Steven Johnston
CRN South West Peninsula: Dr Duncan Wheatley
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Ms PG Roy
CRN Wessex: Dr Ellen Copson
CRN West Midlands: Dr Abeer Shabaan
CRN West of England: Dr Mark Beresford, Mr Zenon Rayter
CRN Yorkshire and Humber: Matthew Winter

Children and Young People’s (CYP) Cancer

CRN Eastern: Anne Kelly
CRN East Midlands: Dr Madhumita Dandapani
CRN Greater Manchester: Guy Makin
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: vacant
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Dr Frederik van Delft
CRN North Thames: Olga Slater
CRN North West Coast: Professor Barry Pizer
CRN North West London: Dr Naveed Sarwar
CRN South London: Dr Robert Carr
CRN South West Peninsula: vacant
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Dr Shaun Wilson
CRN Wessex: Dr Juliet Gray
CRN West Midlands: Bruce Morland
CRN West of England: Dr Helen Rees
CRN Yorkshire and Humber: Daniel Yeomanson

Colorectal Cancer

CRN Eastern: Sian Pugh
CRN East Midlands: Baljit Singh
CRN Greater Manchester: Kalena Marti
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: vacant
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Dr Timothy Simmons
CRN North Thames: Khurum Khan
CRN North West Coast: Dr Deborah Williamson
CRN North West London: Dr Kitrick Perry
CRN South London: Dr Paul Ross
CRN South West Peninsula: vacant
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Dr Wasiru Saka
CRN Wessex: Dr Tim Iveson
CRN West Midlands: Dr Mark Churn
CRN West of England: Dr Stephen Falk
CRN Yorkshire and Humber: Victoria Brown, Alice Dewdney

Gynaecological Cancer

CRN Eastern: Joo Ern Ang
CRN East Midlands: Dr Roshan Agarwal
CRN Greater Manchester: Andrew Clamp
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: Dr Rebecca Herbertson
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Jeremy Twigg
CRN North Thames: Dr Ranjit Manchanda
CRN North West Coast: Dr Pierre Martin-Hirsch
CRN North West London: Ms Christina Fotopoulou
CRN South London: Dr Susanna Banerjee
CRN South West Peninsula: Clare Barlow
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Dr Rene Roux
CRN Wessex: Dr Simon Crawford
CRN West Midlands: Sarah Williams
CRN West of England: Dr Rebecca Bowen
CRN Yorkshire and Humber:

Haematological Oncology

CRN Eastern: Nimish Shah
CRN East Midlands: Dr Mamta Garg
CRN Greater Manchester: Simon Watt, Eleni Tholouli
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: Ms Lavinia Davey
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Dr Anne Lennard
CRN North Thames: William Townsend
CRN North West Coast: vacant
CRN North West London: Dr Dragana Milojokovic
CRN South London: Claire Harrison
CRN South West Peninsula: Dr Paul Kerr
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Dr Karthik Ramasamy
CRN Wessex: Dr Andy Davies
CRN West Midlands: Dr Supratik Basu
CRN West of England: Dr Sally Moore
CRN Yorkshire and Humber: John Ashcroft

Head and Neck Cancer

CRN Eastern: Dr Dinos Geropantas
CRN East Midlands: Christopher Avery
CRN Greater Manchester: David Thomson
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: Mr Jagtar Dhanda
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Darren Leaning, Dr Eleanor Aynsley
CRN North Thames: Dr Martin Forster
CRN North West Coast: vacant
CRN North West London: Dr Dorothy Gujral
CRN South London: Professor Chris Nutting
CRN South West Peninsula: vacant
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Mr Stuart Winter
CRN Wessex: Ms Emma King
CRN West Midlands: Professor Hisham Mehanna
CRN West of England: Professor Steve Thomas
CRN Yorkshire and Humber: Bernadette Foran

Lung Cancer

CRN Eastern: Dr Robert Rintoul
CRN East Midlands: Dr Rajini Sudhir
CRN Greater Manchester: Eleni Tholouli
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: vacant
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Dr Alastair Greystoke
CRN North Thames: Dr Martin Forster, Dr Rakesh Popat
CRN North West Coast: Dr Carles Escrui
CRN North West London: Dr Olivia Hatcher
CRN South London: Professor James Spicer
CRN South West Peninsula: vacant
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Dr John Wrightson
CRN Wessex: Dr Luke Nolan
CRN West Midlands: Professor Gary Middleton
CRN West of England: Dr Ashley Cox
CRN Yorkshire and Humber: Pooja Jain

Sarcoma Cancer

CRN Eastern: Han Wong
CRN East Midlands: Dr Ivo Hennig
CRN Greater Manchester: Amit Kumar
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: no lead
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Mr Craig Gerrand
CRN North Thames: Olga Slater
CRN North West Coast: vacant
CRN North West London: no lead
CRN South London: Dr Robin Jones
CRN South West Peninsula: Professor Rory Rickard
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Dr Sarah Pratap
CRN Wessex: Dr Peter Simmonds
CRN West Midlands: Mariam Jafri
CRN West of England: Dr Adam Dangoor
CRN Yorkshire and Humber: Robin Young

Skin Cancer

CRN Eastern: Dr Jenny Nobes
CRN East Midlands: vacant
CRN Greater Manchester: Deemesh Oudit
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: vacant
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Professor Ruth Plummer
CRN North Thames:
CRN North West Coast: Dr Ruth Board
CRN North West London: Dr Mike Gonzalez
CRN South London: Dr James Larkin
CRN South West Peninsula: Dr Toby Talbot
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Dr Miranda Payne
CRN Wessex: Dr Matthew Wheater
CRN West Midlands: Dr Neil Steven
CRN West of England: Dr Christoper Herbert
CRN Yorkshire and Humber:

Supportive and Palliative Care, Psychosocial oncology and Survivorship (SPCPS)

CRN Eastern: Dr Stephen Barclay
CRN East Midlands: Dr Andrew Wilcock, Professor Christina Faull
CRN Greater Manchester: Sophie Harrison
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: Ms Mel Waghorn
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Dr Katie Frew
CRN North Thames: vacant
CRN North West Coast: Dr Seamus Coyle
CRN North West London: vacant
CRN South London: Dr Sabrina Bajwah, Dr Oliver Minton
CRN South West Peninsula: Dr Kate Shorthose
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Dr Matthew Carey
CRN Wessex: Professor Alison Richardson
CRN West Midlands: Dr Clare Marlow, Dr Sarah Mitchell
CRN West of England: Professor Karen Forbes
CRN Yorkshire and Humber: Mike Bennett, Miriam Johnson

Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer

CRN Eastern: Dr Bristi Bsu, Dr Lizzy Smyth
CRN East Midlands: Professor David Bowrey
CRN Greater Manchester: Was Mansoor
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: vacant
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Mr Yks Viswanath
CRN North Thames: vacant
CRN North West Coast: vacant
CRN North West London: Dr Harpreet Wasan
CRN South London: Naureen Starling
CRN South West Peninsula: vacant
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Dr Kinnari Patel
CRN Wessex: Dr Andrew Bateman
CRN West Midlands: Dr Sharmila Sothi
CRN West of England: Dr Sharath Gangadhara
CRN Yorkshire and Humber: Rajarshi Roy

Urology

CRN Eastern: Dr Danish Mazhar, Dr Alexandra Colquhoun
CRN East Midlands: Dr Santhanam Sundar
CRN Greater Manchester: vacant
CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex: Mr Sanjeev Madaan
CRN North East and North Cumbria: Dr John Frew
CRN North Thames: Mausam Singhera
CRN North West Coast: Mr Henry Lazarowicz
CRN North West London: Dr Naveed Sarwar
CRN South London: Dr Sarah Rudman
CRN South West Peninsula: Dr Mohini Varughese
CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands: Mr Tom Lelie
CRN Wessex: Dr Simon Crabb
CRN West Midlands: Mr Lyndon Gommersal
CRN West of England: Dr Amit Bahl
CRN Yorkshire and Humber: Janet Brown

Cancer Specialty Group

Each of the 15 Local Clinical Research Networks has a nominated local lead for Cancer research who promotes and supports this research in their local NHS Trusts.

At a national level the group is chaired by Dr Pippa Corrie, NIHR CRN National Specialty Lead for Late Phase and International Trials.

The local leads and Chair come together to manage the NIHR CRN Cancer Portfolio overall. This involves regularly reviewing the progress of studies, identifying barriers to recruitment and coming up with solutions and strategies to help overcome those barriers. The group actively engages with funders of research and other stakeholders to help ensure that there is a continuous pipeline of high quality research studies and the capacity to deliver these successfully in the NHS. They are also called upon as key opinion leaders to provide expert advice on the development and delivery of studies.

If you would like to get in touch with the Cancer Specialty Group please contact crncancer@nihr.ac.uk