Dr Stephanie Smits is a behavioural scientist based in Cardiff University's Division of Population Medicine who works in the area of screening, prevention and early diagnosis of cancer. She is currently applying her behavioural science expertise to explore experience, completion and outcomes in bowel cancer screening for people with multi-morbidity in her Health and Care Research Wales fellowship. She has expertise in areas such as cancer awareness, screening, behaviour change, psychological theory and engaging hard to reach groups in research. She has an interest in bringing together data from different sources, including qualitative research, surveys and routinely held data, to reduce inequalities in cancer and improve outcomes at different stages of the patient pathway.
Kathy Seddon FRSA FLS CF
Studied at Kings College London (First Degree and PGCE) and at Exeter University (Phd Teacher Motivation, Learning and Practice in an International Online community’ 2003) Honorary Research Fellow.
Awards, Publications Conferences. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship: "Online international Collaboration”.
Publications and Conference presentations followed this and her doctorate
Employment Worked as an eLearning specialist at the National College for School Leadership until retirement.
Recent work IBO and BLE London research into online learning. Churchill Trust Education Applications Panel, UCL- PPI research representative . RSA Fellowship Councillor and founder of Tafflab.
Currently Marie Curie Research Voice (Research Steering Group member until 2019) Wales REC member (until 2020). WCRC Research Partner and co-applicant on Wales based research projects such as Bereavement, RAMBO, PETROS, CREST strategic oversight board.
In 2020 Kathy will be Master of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales.
Sue has been involved with cancer from a very early age. The female side of her family has been decimated with ovarian cancer. She has had cancer herself and been a full time carer.
Her working life started as a lab technician with the Medical Research Council. She then joined the British Museum of Natural History looking after the fossil fish and dinosaurs.
The bulk of her working life was spent with the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. Her main interests being in public health insects, namely Pharaohs Ants and cockroaches, and their medical significance. She has published a number of papers in the UK and the USA. She took early retirement to look after her late husband, formed her own auditing consultancy and joined the local Community Health Council which gave her considerable insight into NHS services and patient needs. She was a member of their Executive and chaired two of their committees.
She joined the Wales Cancer Research Centre as a research partner five years ago and has been involved in developing a number of trials here in Wales and in Oxford and London. She has developed a considerable interest in radiotherapy of all types and joined the Royal Society of Radiologists as a lay representative. She is chair of the Wales Cancer Bank Lay Liaison and Ethics Group.
She has helped establish a lay faculty training course for new researchers dealing with plain English summaries, use of scientific jargon, early protocols, funding applications etc. She has held a number of these courses and presented at an immunity conference.
Jane is co-lead for the cancer nurse and allied health professional researcher community of the Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC). A nurse academic, Jane is also lead for the Health Sciences Cancer Research Group, Cardiff University and co-founder and lead for the All Wales Cancer Nurse and Allied Health Professional Research Network. She has an established track record in cancer care and palliative care research, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Her expertise is supportive care in cancer cachexia. Her interests include understanding how supportive care can improve treatment outcomes and patient experience. She is currently a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer and Nutrition Collaborative and the Knowledge and Dissemination Committee, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
Originally from the South Wales valleys, Lee’s undergraduate training was completed in Cardiff University, followed by a PhD at the Institute of Medical Genetics at (what was then) the University of Wales College of Medicine. His Cancer Research Wales funded PhD was completed in the laboratory of Professors Julian Sampson and Jeremy Cheadle on the "Molecular and Functional Analysis of the Human Tumour Suppressor Genes TSC1 and TSC2". Upon completing his PhD in 2002 he took up a Postdoctoral Fellow position at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) within the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. His work there was a change of focus from the cancer genetics of my PhD as he worked in the research groups of Prof Henrik Dahl and David Thorburn on Complex I deficiency in mitochondria. Upon completing this post, he returned to Cardiff University and to cancer genetics, working on a Cancer Research UK funded project in the laboratory of Prof Alan Clarke. In July 2013 he took up a fellowship at the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute where his research group focuses on the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer. Prevention research focusses on understanding how the interactions between an individual’s diet, microbiome, metabolome, epigenome and immune system impacts on the intestinal stem cell to create an anti- or pro-tumourigenic environment. Early detection work focusses on the use of oncotrophic bacteria as a theranostic to identify and potentially treat solid tumours.
Nichola is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the School of Healthcare Sciences Cardiff University. Her research interests include physical activity and self-management in cancer and chronic respiratory conditions such as COPD. She co-leads the Active Health Research Theme within the School of Healthcare Sciences and co-leads the South Wales division of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR).
Nichola completed her PhD in 2011 evaluating systemic manifestations of chronic respiratory disease and changes with pulmonary rehabilitation. She has worked with Tenovus to evaluate the Sing with Us Choir using a mixed-methods approach and is currently developing home based physical activities for lung cancer alongside teaching and supervision of undergraduate, postgraduate students.
Stephen is employed by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), as the Head of the North Wales Clinical Research Centre (NWCRC), based at Wrexham. He is Chair of the BCUHB Research & Innovation North East Wales Board, and since January 2020, Stephen has held the position of Regional Champion: North Wales (non-clinical) within the Wales Cancer Research Centre.
Professionally, Stephen is a Professor of Biomedical Science affiliated with Wrexham Glyndwr University (0.4WTE), a Fellow member of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), a Chartered Scientist (CSci) affiliated with the Science Council, a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA), and a Biomedical Scientist affiliated with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
In January 2014, Stephen co-founded the North Wales & North West Urological Research Centre (NW2URC), with Professor Iqbal Shergill (BCUHB Consultant Urological Surgeon). This research centre is the main vehicle for his current research work, which primarily involves investigating patients with cancer of the bladder and prostate. Since 2018, Stephen has been working with Dr Pasquale Innominato (BCUHB, Medical Oncologist) and colleagues from the Universities of Oxford (Professor Helen Byrne) and Warwick (Professor Leandro Pecchia), to evaluate the role of the circadian rhythm for optimising therapy in cancer patients.
Stephen is dedicated to performing and supporting cancer research for the benefits of patients and the public in Wales and beyond.
Dr Sarah Gwynne is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist specialising in upper GI cancer at the South West Wales Cancer Centre (SWWCC) in Swansea and Honorary Associate Professor at Swansea University Medical School.
Her main research interests are technical radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer and radiotherapy trial quality assurance. She is a member of the National Radiotherapy Trials Quality Assurance Group, CTRAD and the Royal College of Radiologists Academic Committee. These groups encourage the development and safe running of high quality radiotherapy research in the UK.
She has been the lead local investigator for multiple trials in GI cancers and is radiotherapy research lead in for the SWWCC and oversees a radiotherapy research fellow programme there. She also sits on the Trial Management Groups of national oesophageal radiotherapy trials leading on aspects of QA.