The Health Projects & Research Fund applications will be assessed by an advisory committee of members from the UK & Australia with extensive expertise in medicine, health, rehabilitation and support. The UK Advisory Committee includes:

Professor Dean A. Fennell, PhD FRCP

Chair of Thoracic Medical Oncology, Cancer Research UK Centre, Leicester, University of Leicester and Honorary Consultant in Thoracic Medical Oncology, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Professor Dean Fennell originally trained in Pharmacology and Medicine at University College London. He undertook a PhD as an MRC clinical research fellow at UCL followed by completion of training in medical oncology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He then undertook a Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist fellowship, which was renewed, at the CRUK Centre Belfast before joining the University of Leicester.

A leading UK researcher in thoracic cancers, Prof Fennell heads a translational research laboratory in the University of Leicester, exploring mechanisms of drug resistance as a basis for personalising therapy using agents under clinical investigation. Prof Fennell is board member of the EORTC, current chair of the NCRI mesothelioma subgroup, and sits on the NCRI lung cancer and biomarker/imaging clinical studies group. He is currently chief investigator, leading the CRUK PIN, VIM, and MESO2 clinical trials and for two global randomised trials, COMMAND and GALAXY. He has published several peer reviewed in journals such as PNAS, Nature Communications, JNCI, Lancet, and Lancet Oncology. Prof Fennell was elected president of the International Mesothelioma Interest group in 2012 commencing 2014.

Mr Mark Wilson Bsc MB BChir FRCS (SN) FIMC FRGS MRCA (Neurosurgery and Pre-Hospital Care - Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery and Cancer)

Consultant Neurosurgeon and PreHospital Care Specialist working at both Imperial College (mainly St Mary's Major Trauma Centre) and on London's Air Ambulance.

His specialist areas are acute brain injury (mostly traumatic brain injury) and its very early management. Heavily involved in Neuro Research and Chair of London Neuro Trauma Network. Early in his career Mark worked as a GP in Australia.

Liz Darlison, Consultant Nurse leading the development of Mesothelioma UK

Liz trained at Charles Frears School of Nursing in Leicester qualifying in 1986. Since 1992 she has been based within the cardio-respiratory directorate of the University Hospitals of Leicester at the Glenfield Hospital site. Liz was a ward sister/manager in respiratory for several years and in June 2000 she took up the post of Respiratory Nurse Specialist (Lung Cancer).

Liz’s interests within lung cancer have always focused on developing the nursing contribution, within the multidisciplinary team, to improve patient and carer experience across the whole cancer pathway. To meet demand locally and nationally Liz developed an interest in Mesothelioma which resulted in the establishment of Mesothelioma UK, the National Macmillan Mesothelioma Resource Centre. In 2007 Liz was awarded the Nursing Times Cancer Nurse Leader of the Year Award sponsored by the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Liz is the former chair (until January 2011) of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses and represents nursing on a variety of national and professional committees. Liz is Honorary Senior Lecturer at DeMontfort University, Leicester and Associate Lecturer at the Royal Marsden School of Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Dr Fiona Lecky MB Ch B, FRCS, DA, MSc, PhD, FCEM

Clinical Professor and Honorary Consultant in Emergency Medicine at School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Research Director of the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) and Chief Investigator of the Head Injury Transportation straight to Neurosurgery Trial. Chair of the NICE Head Injury Guideline Development Group.

Mr Fahed Selmi MBBS, FRCS (Neurosurgery)

Senior Consultant in Spinal Cord Injury, Northwest Regional Spinal Injuries Centre Southport. The Centre admits people with all levels and severity of spinal cord injury, regardless of age, gender, race or ability. It has the largest ventilator-dependent and weaning SCI programmes in Europe.

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