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Michael is a neurosurgical trainee in Edinburgh currently undertaking a Cancer Research UK-funded clinical PhD fellowship. His clinical training has brought him to Oxford, London, and Edinburgh. He has a BMedSci (hons) in neurosciences and an MSc in epidemiology. He is a committee member of the British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative, which conducts multi-centre research studies in the UK. His current post is a part of the Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence initiative funded by Cancer Research UK. Prior to his PhD, Michael specialised in epidemiological approaches and systematic reviews.

 

His research interest is in brain tumour, in particular glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is a heterogeneous disease with poor prognosis. Despite using highly annotated clinical data, epidemiological approaches have limited success in reliably stratifying glioblastoma patients into prognostic groups. Recent understanding of cancer processes indicates significant roles of tumour microenvironment in disease progression. Michael plans to use bioinformatics to add further dimensions to clinical data for prognostic prediction, as well as to investigate differences between long-term and short-term survivors using genomic analyses. He also plans to test if variants associated with immune function correlate with treatment response in glioblastoma patients.

 

Michael is married and has a son.

Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiology, Master of Science, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Neurosciences, Bachelor of Biomedical science, University of Edinburgh

Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Edinburgh

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