Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Professor Josef Vormoor

Sir James Spence Prof of Child Health


Roles and Responsibilities

Sir James Spence Professor of Child Health at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Oncology at the Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


1989 State Exam in Medicine, University of Munster, Germany
1990 Dr. med. (MD thesis), University of Munster, Germany
1999 CCT in Paediatrics, Munster, Germany
2000 Habilitation, University of Munster, Germany
2005 CCT in Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, Munster, Germany
2005 Full and specialist registration in Paediatrics (GMC registration number: 6131681)

Previous Positions

1989-1990 University Children's Hospital Munster, Germany, Paediatric SHO
1991 German Navy (National Service)
1992-1994 Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, Postdoctoral Fellow
1995-1999 University Children's Hospital Munster, Germany, Specialist Registrar in Paediatrics and Paediatric Haematology & Oncology
1999-2005 University Children's Hospital Munster, Germany, Consultant in Paediatric Haematology and Oncology
2001-2005 Faculty of Medicine, University of Munster, Germany, Lecturer
2005 Faculty of Medicine, University of Munster, apl. Prof. (Personal Chair)
2006-2007 Professor of Clinical Paediatric Oncology, Newcastle University


Academic Paediatric Association GBI
American Society of Hematology (ASH)
Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)
CCLG Executive (2009 - 2012)
CCLG Clinical Trials Review Group (CTRG) (2007 - 2010)
CCLG Therapeutics Steering/Novel Agents Group (2006 - 2010)
European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT)
German Society of Paediatrics (DGKJ)
German Society of Paediatric Oncology and Haematology (GPOH)
Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH)
International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP)
ITCC Clincial Trial Committee
North of England Paediatric Society (NEPS)

Funding committees:
Cancer Research UK (CR-UK) Biological Sciences Committee (2007-2012)
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (LLR) Training and Career Development Sub-Committee (2010-2012)

NCRI Clinical Study Groups:
Leukaemia Subgroup of the NCRI Childhood Cancer & Leukaemia CSG
Novel Agents Subgroup of the NCRI Childhood Cancer & Leukaemia CSG


German, English


Research Interests

Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia - characterization and targeting of leukaemic stem cells
Phase I/II trials in children with cancer
Ewing's sarcoma - pre-clinical in vivo model (in vivo PET, CT and MRI imaging)

Esteem Indicators

German Kind-Philipp Prize 2008 for Research in Paediatric Oncology


Bone Cancer Research Trust (BRCT)
Cancer Research UK (CR-UK)
JGW Patterson Foundation
Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund (KKLF)
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (LLR)
Medical Research Council (MRC) (clinical PHD training fellowship)
Newcastle Healthcare Charity
North of England Children's Cancer Research Fund (NECCR)