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Professor Arnie Purushotham appointed clinical advisor to CRUK

Cancer Research UK has announced the appointment of Professor Arnie Purushotham as one of three senior clinical advisors to join the charity’s leadership to accelerate the progress of its ambitious research strategy.

Professor Purushotham is Director of King’s Health Partners Cancer Centre, Chair of Breast Cancer at King’s College London and Consultant Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, London.   His research interests centre on the biology and treatment of breast cancer, especially on improving methods of surgery. Professor Purushotham is joined by Professor Pamela Kearns, Chair of Paediatric Oncology and Director of the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit at the School of Cancer Sciences in the University of Birmingham and Dr Richard Roope, General Practitioner in Hampshire and Cancer Lead in a joint post between the Royal College of General Practioners and Cancer Research UK.

Professor Purushotham said of his appointment: “I am delighted to join the team at Cancer Research UK at this exciting time of progress in cancer research. I look forward to working more closely with our clinical and scientific colleagues on behalf of patients, families and carers.”

Professor Peter Johnson, chief clinician at Cancer Research UK said: “I am delighted that we have three immensely talented clinicians joining the team at Cancer Research UK, to help us deliver on our strategy to diagnose cancer faster and treat it more effectively.  We have an ambitious programme covering everything from how people can get faster access to cancer tests, how to deliver the most up to date cancer care across the UK and how to carry out the best clinical trials with all the new treatments that are coming out of our laboratory research.  The clinical advisory team has the experience and skills to make sure that we can do this.”

All three will join the charity on a part-time basis, to allow them to continue their existing clinical work and research.

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