Who’s who

Research Advisory Board

Jonathan Dimbleby

Jonathan Dimbleby (Chair)


Dr Peter J Barrett-Lee

Professor Peter J Barrett-Lee

Consultant Oncologist & Honorary Senior Lecturer
Breast Unit, Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff

Dimbleby Cancer care supports research projects in the realm of psychosocial support. There is so little research into this area of support, care and follow-up for cancer patients and their families and carers, so without DCC, important research opportunities could be lost.

The Advisory Board comprises members from a range of different specialities within the cancer field. This ensures that proposed research is considered from a wide perspective. Jonathan Dimbleby, as Chair, further widens the scope of discussions, bringing to them his experiences as a past user of cancer services, and his expertise in communicating.

Dr. Frances da Cunha

Dr. Frances da Cunha

General Practitioner, Somerset

Dimbleby Cancer care has been funding research projects for the past three years with an emphasis on patients’ experience. Funding has been allocated to projects designed to research the gaps in end of life care, palliative care and the complex area of variability in accessing help for some patient groups. I agreed to join the medical advisory group and help assess the research proposals because, being a general practitioner and seeing patients of all ages throughout their “cancer journey”, these are areas where robust research projects could translate into development of best practice and make a difference to many individuals.

Professor Marie Fallon

Professor Marie Fallon

St Columba’s Hospice Chair of Palliative Medicine
Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

I feel a very strong sense that Dimbleby Cancer Care ensures that the areas of greatest importance to patients and carers are researched in an appropriate manner. The “care” aspect which often struggles to find funding is given huge importance. It is exciting to know that the work funded carries an unique opportunity to inform improved care of patients with cancer and their families.

Professor Jane Maher

Professor Jane Maher

Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital. Chief Medical Officer, Macmillan Cancer Relief

As technical treatments become more complex, the work of Dimbleby Cancer Care encourages the best scientific minds to focus on the important issues surrounding supportive care for patients and families at a time whey they are undergoing difficult treatment. Their increasing portfolio makes me optimistic that they will really progress in this area.

Professor Tim Peters

Professor Tim Peters

Head of School and Professor of Primary Care Health Services Research, University of Bristol

I am a member and chair of a number of research grant awarding committees. What strikes me most about the projects we assess and recommend for funding by Dimbleby Cancer Care is the combination of high quality research methods and the clear focus on what is relevant to patients, their families and carers. Nothing is ever guaranteed in research but this means there is every chance that the endeavours of researchers and participants in the studies will lead to real benefits to those who matter most – patients and carers themselves, and others in their situation.

Professor Mike Richards

Professor Sir Mike Richards

Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

Sir Mike became Chief Inspector of Hospitals in July 2013. He was a hospital physician for more than 20 years. After a variety of training posts he was a consultant medical oncologist between 1986 and 1995, and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals between 1995 and 1999.

In 1999 Sir Mike was appointed as the first National Cancer Director at the Department of Health. In 2007, his role was extended to include end of life care. He led the development and implementation of the NHS Cancer Plan in 2000, the Cancer Reform Strategy in 2008 and Improving Outcomes: A strategy for cancer in 2011.

In July 2012 Sir Mike was appointed as Director for Reducing Premature Mortality on the NHS Commissioning Board (now NHS England). In this role he led the development of a cardiovascular outcomes strategy.

Professor Chris Todd

Professor Chris Todd

Professor of Primary Care & Community Health and Director of Research
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Manchester

Chris read Psychology at the University of Durham and obtained BA, MA and PhD. He is currently Professor of Primary Care and Community Health (formerly Director of Research 2003-2013) in The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society.

He has held and/or currently holds grants from the Department of Health, NHS, various research charities, MRC,  NIHR and the European Commission,  He was a member of the European Commission DG12 Expert Working Party on research into postural stability and fall prevention in the elderly population. He has reviewed for a wide range of research committees and charities both in UK and overseas. He is currently a member of  NIHR Health Services Research Board and the Dimbleby Cancer Care Scientific Advisory Board.

He wrote The World Health Organisation’s policy synopsis on the prevention of falls amongst older people and was a member of the group which wrote the 2007 WHO Global Report on Falls Prevention.

Dr Susie Wilkinson

Dr Susie Wilkinson

Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care, and Director of the Marie Curie Palliative Research and Development Unit, Royal Free and University College Medical School

It is very difficult for researchers to obtain grants for pilot and feasibility studies in the area of psychosocial research. DCC has demonstrated over the last three years, by the very large increase in research applications for these grants, that they are really filling an important gap in research funding. This will hopefully lead to more rigorous research in this underdeveloped area which is so important for improving the care patients and their families receive.

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