Dr Alexandra Gilbert

Dr Alexandra Gilbert

Profile

Alexandra Gilbert is an NIHR-funded academic clinical lecturer in clinical oncology with expertise in health services research using patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and technical radiotherapy. Her NIHR-funded doctoral research fellowship evaluated the routine collection of PROs using electronic methods to monitor side effects of pelvic radiotherapy in clinical practice and using PRO data to develop normal tissue complication probability models. She is a co-applicant/collaborator on five national and international funded clinical trials providing expertise on PROs in radiotherapy (PLATO, Star TreC, APHRODITE, CORINTH, eRAPID). She has international involvement with PROs development and use in clinical trials and routine practice as a member of the EORTC Quality of life group and elected member of the Project and Module Development Committee. She is also a member of the NCRI anorectal cancer subgroup and psychosocial oncology and survivorship group. She has collaborated both nationally and internationally with experts in health services research, PROs, technical radiotherapy and clinical trials.

Background

Alex joined the Leeds Cancer Centre, Patient Centered Research group and Radiotherapy research group in 2010 as a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellow; combining her training in clinical oncology with research. During this time she prepared a successful application for funding to NIHR for a PhD into the use of PROs in monitoring side effects following pelvic radiotherapy, which she completed in 2016. She is currently working as an NIHR-funded academic clinical lecturer working on an Academy of Medical Sciences funded project evaluating toxicity related to pelvic radiotherapy and assessing multiple methods for contouring organs at risk.  

Alex completed a BSc in Psychology at University College, London prior to studying medicine at Royal Free and University College Medical School. Previous research as a clinical fellow funded by the National Leadership Council considered the experiences of junior doctors working in the NHS. This was a collaborative medical education and leadership development project working with South Central Strategic Health Authority and Wessex Deanery.

Research interests

Alex’s research interests include:

  • Radiotherapy clinical trials
  • Measurement of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and quality of life of radiotherapy patients in routine clinical practice
  • Using patient-reported outcomes to predict radiotherapy toxicity
  • Predicting radiotherapy-related toxicity using radiotherapy dose data (normal tissue complication probability modelling)

You can find out more about her research here

Qualifications

  • FRCR
  • PhD
  • MRCP
  • MBBS
  • BSc Psychology

Professional memberships

  • FRCR
  • GMC
  • BMA
  • EORTC-QLG
  • NCRI

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • The Radiotherapy Research Group