Top job for University of Portsmouth cancer expert

ROLE Prof Pilkington
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Julian Brown (60) with his family (l-r) son-in-law Paul Saunders (29), daughter Sara Saunders (28), wife Karen Brown (60) and daughter Kate Brown (31).

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A UNIVERSITY of Portsmouth brain cancer expert has been appointed president of a major research organisation into treatment of patients with tumours.

Geoff Pilkington, professor of cellular and molecular neuro-oncology, is relishing his new role as head of the British Neuro-Oncology Society.

Prof Pilkington, who has been at the forefront of study into brain cancer since the early 1970s and was involved in the first work on stem cells in brain tumours, said: ‘I have some specific aims for my presidency which include encouraging and helping our younger members in their careers, integrating clinical nurse specialists into the society in a more substantial way and ensuring that paediatric neuro-oncology is a main facet of our strategic planning.’

The British Neuro-Oncology Society brings together people working in neuro-oncology to share ideas and foster relationships to help improve care and results for brain tumour patients.

Paul Hayes, dean of the university’s science faculty, said: ‘I am delighted Geoff has been appointed president, a role I am sure he will take on with gusto and which will have a real impact on science and health.’