Radiotherapy Research Seminars at St James's

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The Radiotherapy Research Seminars are a series of talks by external and internal speakers, arranged by the Radiotherapy Research Group at the University of Leeds. They are multidisciplinary and open to all with a general interest in clinical oncology, medical physics, and radiotherapy delivery.

Upcoming events

Dr Alice Couwenberg- "Patient Reported Outcomes after Rectal Cancer treatment"

Thursday 12th March @ 3pm. Level 7 Lecture Theatre, Bexley Wing, St James's Hospital

Alice is a resident in radiation oncology at the NKI / Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam, with considerable research experience. She recently completed a PhD in rectal cancer radiotherapy from University of Utrecht, where she studied quality of life after radiotherapy and patient treatment preferences. Her studies also covered multiple aspects of rectal cancer radiotherapy - such as boost treatment, MRI-based response prediction, and optimal timing of surgery. As part of he PhD, she also took part in setting up a large cohort study and helped conduct ‘trials-within-cohorts’, which she will talk about more during her seminar.

Amy Downing "The Life and Bladder Cancer Study"

Thursday 30th April @ 3pm. VERT Room, level -1, Bexley Wing, St James's Hospital

For our April Seminar Amy Downing, Senior Research Fellow and member of the University of Leeds School of Medicine Cancer Epidemiology Group will be discussing the Life And Bladder Cancer study – funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.

This study involves cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys of patients with bladder cancer, in order to further understand and ultimately improve their quality of life.


Past events

Clive Peedell + team- "Cardiac Radioablation in Refractory Ventricular Tachycardia- The South Tees experience"

Thursday 19th Dec @ 5pm, Level 7 lecture theatre,  Bexley Wing- St James's Hospital

Clive will be coming to Leeds Cancer Centre with two key team members, the Physics lead for their project, Jim Daniel, and Matthew Bates- the team EP (Electrophysiology) Cardiologist. Their presentation will discuss their programme set up, the considerations from the Med Physics side, logistics of their project, and plans for the future.

Lene Haldbo-Classen- “Long-term cognitive dysfunction after radiation therapy for primary brain tumours”

Thursday 28th November , 4pm. VERT Room -1, St James’s Hospital, Bexley Wing

Lene is a Clinical Oncologist in Denmark who is currently at Aarhus University Hospital, completing a PhD investigating long-term cognitive dysfunction after radiation therapy for primary brain tumours. She is going to talk about her research in this area.

Katie Spencer- “SABR for painful bone metastases; can it ever be cost-effective in the NHS?”

Friday 18th October, 3pm. VERT Room -1, St James’s Hospital, Bexley Wing

Katie is a Clinical Oncology Registrar who has recently completed an MRC funded PhD investigating the cost-effectiveness of palliative radiotherapy treatments delivered within the NHS. She will discuss this in the context of her PhD.

Qian Wu – Fixing the ends:Structural mechanism of DNA double-strand breaks repair

Friday 26th September at 3pm, VERT Room – St James’s Hospital Bexley Wing

Qian is head of the DNA Damage Response and Repair Group at the University of Leeds, with part of their research dedicated to the DNA repair mechanisms in cancer cell biology and therapeutics.

Background: DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are the most toxic DNA damages in cells.  Unrepaired DSBs can lead to cell death and genome instability, which can cause cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and ageing.  My research contains three essential aspects of DNA damage response and repair pathways for DSBs: 1) Spatial architecture of individual and protein complexes; 2) Temporal arrangement of these protein complexes; 3) Regulation of protein-protein interaction through post-translational modification, such as phosphorylation. This talk will include my previous studies of non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) repair pathway and BRCA1 protein complex for DNA double-strand breaks. I will also discuss the research direction my newly-established lab in Leeds.

Lucinda Morris – The Targeting Cancer Campaign

Monday 22nd July at 12:30pm, VERT room, level -1, Bexley Wing

Lucinda Morris, Radiation Oncologist, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Lucinda Morris is a Radiation Oncologist based at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, Australia. She is the Chair of the Targeting Cancer Working and Advisory Group. A key focus of her research and advocacy is on raising community and general practitioner awareness of the benefits of radiotherapy in cancer care. Dr Morris is also heading up a ground-breaking study which hopes to plot the best course of Radiotherapy treatment for older cancer patients. She will speak about her public engagement and advocacy work, including the Targeting Cancer campaign.


Image driven radiotherapy

Thursday 29th August 2019 at 4pm - Level -1, Vert Room, Bexley Wing

Tufve Nyholm is a Professor of Medical Physics from Umea in northern Sweden. He is well known in the field of MR in radio-therapy and his centre have had an MR sim for over 10 years. His group are leading in the field of PET/MR and radiomics. He will discuss his experiences in Sweden covering PSMA-PET/MR and correlation with pathology, MR-only and its QA and image processing/data collection requirements for deep learning decision support and automatization tools.


Aileen Duffton – Career Journey of a Research Radiographer

Wednesday 10th July at 5pm, Level 7 Lecture theatre, Bexley Wing

Aileen Duffton, Lead Research and Development Radiographer, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Glasgow

Aileen Duffton is the Lead Research and Development Radiographer at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow and is funded by the Beatson Cancer Charity. In 2013 she com­pleted an MSc in Advanced Practice in Radiotherapy and Oncology at Sheffield Hallam University. Her main areas of interest are image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) where Aileen leads and contributes to the design, conduct and analysis of local, national and international clinical studies. She is going to talk about her research work and her journey to her current role.


Friday 21st June 2019 at 12:30pm

Potential of Distributed Deep Learning on Private Medical Data.

Leonard Wee, Clinical Data Scientist and Knowledge Engineer, Maastro Clinic, The Netherlands
Friday 29th March 2019 at 3pm
The vital role of physicists in clinical trials: from design to data analysis


Dr Ane Appelt, Medical Physics, Leeds

Wednesday 20th Feb 2019 at noon
Radiotherapy Around the World
Anna Littlejohns, Finbar Slevin and Fei Sun, Clinical Oncologists, Leeds


Wednesday 23rd Jan 2019 at 5pm
Focal HDR-brachytherapy for prostate cancer: an overview of 5 years’ experience at the UMC Utrecht
Dr Marieke van Son, Clinical Oncologist, Utrecht, The Netherlands


Friday 14th Dec 2018 at 2-4pm
Imaging seminar: clinical, technical and scientific developments at LCC and at CISTIB
The Radiotherapy Imaging Team, SJUH, Leeds; Prof Andrew Scarsbrook, Radiology / Nuclear medicine, SJUH, Leeds; Dr Zeike Taylor, CISTIB, University of Leeds


Friday 16th Nov 2018 at 3pm
Value-based cancer care - surviving the sums
Dr Ajay Aggarwal, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Guy’s and St Thomas, London


Friday 12th Oct 2018 at 3pm
NIHR funding opportunities for medics and non-medics
Professor Anne-Maree Keenan, Training Lead at NIHR


Wednesday 19th Sept 2018 at 5pm
Improving Outcomes for Glioblastoma Patients by Combining Radiotherapy with Inhibitors of the DNA Damage Response
Professor Anthony Chalmers, Chair of Clinical Oncology, University of Glasgow


Friday 8th June 2018 at 3pm
Proton therapy: current and future applications
Rovel Colaco, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, The Christie, Manchester


Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 5pm
Improving survival of lung cancer patients-is there an alternative to treatment intensification?
Professor Corinne Faivre-Finn, Clinical Oncologist, The Christie, Manchester


Friday 13th April 2018 at 3pm
ESTRO practice presentations
Ane Appelt, Mike Nix, Josh Mason, Medical Physics


Friday 9th March 2018 at 3pm
Statistics for radiotherapy trials: the marmite effect
Lucy McParland and Sam Hinsley, biomedical statisticians, Leeds CTRU


Wednesday 14th Feb 2018 at 4pm
"How Can We Help You?" - Examples of Effective Consumer Involvement From The NCRI Consumer Forum

Richard Stephens, PPI lead at NCRI

Friday 19th Jan 2018 at 3pm
Support, Positioning and Organ Stabilisation during Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy: The SuPPORT 4 All Study.
Professor Heidi Probst, Professor of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University


Wednesday 6th Dec 2017 at 5pm
Veterinary oncology - what can Dr Findlay learn from Dr Herriot?
David Argylle, Veterinary Oncologist, William Dick Chair of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh


Friday 24th Nov 2017 at 3pm
Whistleblowing: How to avoid whistleblowing matters arising within your department - told by a whistle-blower in radiation therapy
Lotte Fog, PhD, Medical physicist, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen


Friday 6th Oct 2017 at 3pm
MR in RT and AMIRA project
Richard Speight and Emily Johnstone, Medical Physics, Leeds


Friday 22nd Sept 2017 at 8.30am
Rectal cancer: an overview in personalized treatment

Professor Corrie Marijnen, clinical oncologist, Leiden, Netherlands


Friday 7th July 2017 at 3pm
Heart sparing radiotherapy - deep inspiration breath hold in mediastinal tumours
Marianne Aznar, PhD, medical physicist, Oxford


Friday 9th June 2017 at 3pm
The use of quantitative MRI for treatment response monitoring
David Buckley, Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Leeds


Wednesday 24th May, 2017 4pm
Decentralized learning rapidly converts big data into clinical knowledge
Leonard Wee, PhD, Medical Physicist & Data Scientist, MAASTRO, The Netherlands


Friday 11th May 2017 at 3pm
SABRTooth: highs and lows of getting funding and setting up a trial
Dr Kevin Franks, Clinical Oncologist, Leeds


Friday 28th April 2017 at 3pm
ESTRO presentations
Damianos Christophides and Michael Nix, Medical Physics


Friday 21st April 2017 at 3pm
An introduction to the MR-linac
Rob Chuter, Medical Physicist, The Christie, Manchester


Friday 10th March 2017 at 3- 4pm
MR-Sim for the past seven years

Hazel McCallum, Head of Radiotherapy Imaging Physics, Newcastle


Friday 24th Feb 2017 at 3-4pm
Tumour control and complications after radiotherapy for uveal melanomas
Charlotte Espersen, MSc, Medical Engineering, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen


Thursday 26th Jan 2017 at 4-6pm,
Quality assessment for radiotherapy planning based on data envelopment analysis

Professor Matthias Ehrgott, Head of Department of Management Science at Lancaster University Management School


Wednesday 18th Jan 2017 at 5-6pm, VERT room
Professor Marcel van Herk, medical physicist, University of Manchester