Professor Ricky Sharma
University College London
Professor Ricky Sharma is Chair of Radiation Oncology at University College London and a Scientific Group Leader at the UCL Cancer Institute. He is an Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology at University College London Hospitals and the Royal Free Hospital, where he has a clinical practice in radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
He graduated in medicine from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He trained in general internal medicine, medical oncology and radiation oncology and completed a PhD on DNA damage repair. Prior to his current post, Professor Sharma was an Associate Professor and Scientific Group Leader at the University of Oxford, where he was an Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology.
Professor Sharma is an international authority on the translation of radiobiology from the laboratory to the clinic and on the multi-modality treatment of cancer with precision therapy.
Dr Tom Richards
University College London Hospital
Dr Tom Richards is a consultant clinical oncologist specialising in the treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) and breast cancers. He is clinical lead of the GI and breast cancer radiotherapy units at University College London Hospital (UCLH) and honorary consultant in Clinical Oncology at The Whittington Hospital. Prior to his appointment at UCLH he was Clinical Oncology consultant in the GI and breast units at St Bartholomew's and The Royal London Hospitals.
He is an experienced oncologist treating oesophagus, stomach, liver, pancreatico-biliary, colorectal and breast cancers. His specialist expertise is the delivery of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and biological targeted drugs for cancers at these sites. His particular interest is in technical radiotherapy treatments using cyberknife and intensity modulated radiotherapy and motion management techniques using 4D-CT radiotherapy planning, deep inspiratory breath hold and image-guided radiotherapy.
After graduation from Imperial College School of Medicine in London his subsequent general internal medical training was at Kings College Hospital, London. He undertook specialist oncology training at St Bartholomew's, Southend, Queen's and The Royal Marsden Hospitals in London. In 2015 he was awarded a PhD from the University of London for clinical and translation research performed at The Institute of Cancer Research, Kings College London and The Royal Marsden Hospital. He studied the mechanisms by which therapeutic radiation affects normal tissues and strategies to detect and reduce late toxicity after curative treatment. He was awarded the Johnson and Johnson clinical research prize in 2012 for work contributing to his PhD.
He is a fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists and a member of The Royal College of Physicians, ESMO and ESTRO. He has spoken and chaired sessions at numerous national and international meetings. He is course tutor and examiner for the Institute of Cancer research MSc course and is local principal investigator for six GI and breast cancer clinical trials. He sits on the UCL research ethics committee. Dr Richards is passionate to improve cancer outcomes, develop clinical research and deliver innovative multi-modality cancer treatments.
Dr Amen Sibtain
St Bartholomew's Hospital
Dr Amen Sibtain specialises in the treatment of Gastrointesti-nal, Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Head and Neck cancers. He has particular expertise in chemoradiotherapy, state-of-the-art radiotherapy techniques, including volumetric Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and was an early adopter of the CyberKnife. He has experience in Clinical trials including the new immunotherapies, being Local Principle Investigator for a number of studies.
Dr Sibtain worked at the Royal Marsden, Mount Vernon and The Middlesex hospitals before he was appointed as consultant at St Bartholomew's Hospital in 2003. He is currently the Clinical Director for Radiotherapy and Head and Neck Oncology.
He was awarded his MD degree from the University of London for prize winning research in tumour hypoxia, funded by the then Cancer Research Committee. He is a past-President of the Oncology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, past examiner in oncology for the Royal College of Radiologists and oncology advisor for BBC Drama.
He is a member of the medical advisory panel for Macmillan Cancer Support, past-Programme Director for Clinical Oncology Specialist Training Committee for the London Deanery, Past-Chairman of the Head and Neck Tumour Board for North East London. He currently sits as research lead on the London Cancer Pathway Board for Head and Neck cancer, and has been appointed to the Faculty Board at the Royal College of Radiologists. He is a Module Lead for the Cancer MSc Course at the Barts Cancer Institute and teaches and examines for the Institute of Cancer Research MSc Course
He has edited the book 'Towards the Prevention of Cancer', published in November 2007 by the RSM press and 'Physics For Clinical Oncologists' published by Oxford University Press in 2012.