Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Staff Profile

Professor Steven Clifford

Director of the Northern Institute for Cancer Research & Professor of Molecular Paediatric Oncology

Background

Roles and Responsibilities

Director, Northern Institute for Cancer Research

Lead, Paediatric Brain Tumour Research Group, Wolfson Centre for Childhood Cancer Research


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

2018-present Director, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University, U.K.

2012-17 Lead, Childhood Cancer Research Theme, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University, U.K.

2009-present Professor of Molecular Paediatric Oncology, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University, U.K.

2005-09 Senior Lecturer, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle University, U.K.

2000-05 Lecturer, Cancer Research Unit & Dept. Child Health, Newcastle University, U.K.

1998-2000 MRC Research Fellowship, University of Birmingham, U.K.

1997-8 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, U.K.

1995-7 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, U.K.

1994-5 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


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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


Areas of expertise

Translational oncology

Paediatric oncology

Brain tumours

Medulloblastoma

Biomarkers

Novel therapies


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.

New Investigator Committee, Cancer Research UK.

Scientific Advisory Board, The Brain Tumour Charity.


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 (2007-2017).

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