Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Professor Steven Clifford

Professor of Molecular Paediatric Oncology

Background

Roles and Responsibilities

Lead, Paediatric Brain Tumour Research Group, Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Co-lead, Childhood Cancer Research Theme, Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Executive Board, Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Newcastle University Senate (2012-2015)



Qualifications

BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology (1st class), University of Wales College of Cardiff (1991)

PhD in Cancer Molecular Biology, University of Newcastle (1994)



Previous Positions

2009 Current position.

2005 Senior Lecturer, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University, U.K.

2000 Lecturer, Cancer Research Unit & Dept. Child Health, Newcastle University, U.K.

1998 MRC Research Fellowship, University of Birmingham, U.K.

1997 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, U.K.

1995 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, U.K.

1994 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Newcastle, U.K.



Memberships

UK Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)

International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP)

American Association for Cancer Research

British Association for Cancer Research

European Association for Cancer Research


 

Research


Link to the Childhood Brain Tumour Research Group homepage


Research Interests

The molecular basis of paediatric brain tumour development

Molecular diagnostics for improved treatment individualisation in paediatric brain tumour patients

Development and pre-clinical assessment of novel therapies for paediatric tumours


Research Roles

UK NCRI Children's Cancer & Leukaemia Clinical Studies Group, Brain Tumour subgroup

UK NCRI Children's Cancer & Leukaemia Clinical Studies Group, New Agents Group

UK Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) Biological Studies Steering Committee

Director, National and European reference centre for molecular diagnostics, pathology review and biological studies in medulloblastoma clinical trials.

International Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOP-Europe) Brain Tumour Group & PNET study group.

SIOP-Europe PNET Biology Group (founding Chair, 2007-2016).

Multi-disciplinary Expert Review Panel, Cancer Research UK.

Scientific Advisory Board, The Neuroblastoma Society.

Postgraduate Supervision

MRes students

PhD students

Clinical Fellows

MRes project students

Walport scheme (Academic Foundation Programme, Academic Clinical Lecturers)

 

Funding

Blue Skye Thinking (www.blueskyethinking.org)

The Brain Tumour Charity (www. thebraintumourcharity.org)

Cancer Research UK (CR-UK) (www.cancerresearchuk.org)

Children with Cancer UK (www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk)

Great Ormond Street Children's Charity (www.gosh.org)

LoveOliver (www.loveoliver.org.uk)

North of England Children's Cancer Research (NECCR) (www.neccr.org.uk)

The Tom Grahame Trust (www.tomgrahame.com)


 

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Module leader, BMS3012 “Cancer Biology and Therapy”, 3rd year undergraduate module, BSc in Biomedical Sciences.

Lectures, BGM3024 "The Molecular Basis of Cancer", 3rd yr undergraduate module, BSc programmes.



Postgraduate Teaching

Post Graduate Co-ordinator, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University.

On-line teaching module for MSc in Oncology and Palliative Care.


 

Publications