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Prof David Cameron

Chair of Oncology/Head of Cancer Services

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Biography

Prof. Cameron’s first degree was in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and he received his medical degree in 1986 from St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London. After completing a fellowship and MSc in Clinical Oncology at the University of Edinburgh, he received a M.D. with distinction in 1997 and completed his training as a medical oncologist that same year. He is currently director of cancer services in NHS Lothian, the CSO clinical cancer research champion, and the clinical director of the Edinburgh University Cancer Centre and CRUK cancer centres. These latter two roles he will step down from in September 2019 in order to take on the role of chair of the Breast International Group, a Brussels-based umbrella group of over 60 worldwide academic/not-for-profit breast cancer trials’ groups, and to be vice chair of the steering group of the Oxford-based Early Breast Cancer Clinical Trialists’ Group. He will remain as the lead for the Edinburgh Experimental Cancer medicine centre

 He is active in a number of current and past clinical trials in breast cancer.  He is a member of the executive committee of the HERA adjuvant herceptin trial, and a member of the steering group for several UK adjuvant breast cancer trials (AZURE, OPTION, TACT, TANGO, MAMMO50, ARTEMIS, PERSEPHONE, ROSCO and TEAM) as well as the BIG APHINITY, ALTTO/NEO_ALTTO, BRAVO and AURORA studies. He is chief investigator on the UK trial adjuvant breast cancer trial, TACT2, and of BEATRICE, a global trial that tested the possible benefit of adjuvant bevacizumab in triple negative breast cancer. He jointly chaired the ENCHANT phase II study of an HSP90i in breast cancer.

Between November 2006 & June 2010 he was Director of the NIHR-funded National Cancer Research Networks, and at the end of 2009 took up a new post as Professor of Oncology at Edinburgh University and Director of Cancer Services in NHS Lothian. He is a present and past member of several cancer research funding committees including INCA PHRC, PEAR, Cancer Research UK Science committee, Cancer Research UK Clinical Research Committee, and from time to time various NIHR funding bodies including EME, clinical trials fellows committee.  He is on the advisory board of the ICR and Glasgow Clinical Trials Units, and the Bordeaux Institute Bergonie and Cardiff Cancer Clinical and Translational Research programmes.

Research Interests

The Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre is committed to identifying potential new approaches to treating and preventing cancer.  Being on the same campus as the Edinburgh Cancer Centre, the Edinburgh Breast unit and the regional colorectal, neurological and urological surgical departments, it is in an ideal position to work closely with NHS cancer services.  Many clinicians either run laboratory groups or collaborate with laboratory researchers to enable local patients to contribute to and benefit from new research into cancer.

There is a close-knit team of staff providing support for clinical trials in cancer patients, funded by Cancer Research UK, ECMC, Chief Scientist’s office via NHS R&D, and other local charities and funding sources.  These staff are jointly managed to enable as many patients as possible to be offered the opportunity to enrol in clinical studies, from phase I “first in man” studies right through to late-stage randomised clinical trials.

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