Our training programme provides research opportunities at all stages of training.
These opportunities exist as either
1. part of a formal academic training scheme or
2. interwoven within a clinical training scheme as either a higher degree or fellowship.
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The Cancer Clinical Trials Centre (CCTC) is located in purpose built facilities that provide facilities for the assessment and treatment of patients, office space for staff with fully networked computer systems, a laboratory, and specialist activities such as bone densitometry. The environment is ideal for both patients and staff and has allowed rapid expansion of the staffing and the range of research that can be performed. The CCTC is fully integrated within Weston Park Cancer Centre and is credited as a pioneer of numerous modern advances within the field of cancer research. Additional clinical research active groups with links to the CCTC include surgical and urological oncology and haematological oncology.
The Cancer Clinical Trials Centre is involved in research studies ranging from dose-finding Phase I studies through to post-marketing Phase IV trials. The key areas of research have continued to flourish over recent years and several new interests have developed. The major areas of current research interest include:-
- Phase III Clinical Trials
- Drug Development Programme
- Bone Oncology
- Radiotherapy Developments
- Trophoblastic Tumours
- Lung Cancer Biology
- Late Effects of Cancer Treatment
The Sheffield ECMC (Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre) is based within the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is the premier centre in the UK for bone oncology with an international reputation for clinical and translational research. The Centre has facilities for imaging, flow cytometry, DNA sequencing and histopathology.
Trainees are encouraged to attend research lunchtime seminars organised by Professor Thomas Helleday.
There is a strong commitment to academic clinical oncology training at Leeds Cancer Centre and at the University of Leeds. Together, we offer a broad range of opportunities for trainees to undertake research within local areas of excellence. These include in technical radiotherapy, patient-reported outcome measures, health-economics, big data, trials and the fundamental biological sciences. Our trainees are encouraged to get involved in these and other research areas and a number are enrolled in the NIHR Integrated Academic Training Pathway at Academic Clinical Fellow or Clinical Lecturer level. As a measure of our success, we have secured external funding for out-of-programme fellowships from, amongst others, the National Institute for Health Research, Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust. Our trainees have also secured roles with a number of prestigious national bodies, including within Cochrane UK, NICE and the Royal College of Radiologists.
I moved to Leeds in 2015 to take up an Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) in Clinical Oncology. I’d previously completed an Academic Foundation Programme post and was attracted by the high-quality training environment in Leeds and the high regard with which its structural biology research is held. During my ACF I was able to both undertake a laboratory research project and to run a trial, as well as getting involved in a number of other research activities. This led me to securing external Wellcome Trust funding for my current PhD fellowship, which is based at the University of Leeds and focuses on cellular signalling mechanisms involved in the development of oesophageal cancer. The department are exceptionally supportive of academic trainees and I continue to gain clinical experience by remaining on the oncology on-call rota.
I have been a Specialist Registrar in Leeds since 2009 having worked less than full-time for a number of years. I had considered doing a PhD during my early training but didn’t enter the academic pathway at that time as I wasn’t sure this was for me. Having had the opportunity to become involved in a large local project I decided to seek funding to allow me to pursue a PhD in clinical epidemiology and health economics. Support, both within the clinical department and University, helped me to secure MRC Fellowship funding. I am now completing my PhD whilst remaining on the on-call rota to maintain my clinical skills. I’ve recently become a NICE scholar and hope to enter the clinical academic pathway as an Academic Clinical Lecturer when I finish my PhD.
Clinical Training Programme Director
Academic Training Programme Director
Audrey and Stanley Burton Professor of Clinical Oncology and Health Research
Academic Clinical fellow Clinical Oncology