Five research fellows have been awarded pan-London Cancer Alliance research fellowships following a call for projects in 2021/22. The projects focus on cancer inequalities and on personalised care of people living with and beyond cancer.

The programme of London-based research fellowships is a partnership between the four London-based Cancer Alliances – North Central London Cancer Alliance, North East London Cancer Alliance, RM Partners West London Cancer Alliance, and South East London Cancer Alliance – and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at The Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research.

One key aim of the programme is to drive collaboration between Alliance-led research and innovation to help support the rapid implementation and adoption of findings across a wide geography.

This year’s fellows include three clinicians, a trainee counselling psychologist, and a nurse practitioner. The successful fellows, project titles and collaborations for cancer inequalities are:

  • Dr Harris Gousis, medical oncology registrar, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Improving diagnostics and therapeutics in never-smoker lung cancer patients. RM Partners and South East London Cancer Alliance
  • Miss Hannah Warren, specialist registrar in urology, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Sestamibi Kidney for the Assessment for renal Neoplasms (SKAN). North Central London Cancer Alliance, North East London Cancer Alliance, and South East London Cancer Alliance
  • Dr Maham Zaman, public health researcher and clinician, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Hairdressing salons to promote NHS online application to reduce underdiagnosis of breast cancers among women in London’s deprived and ethnically diverse neighbourhoods: a feasibility study. RM Partners and South East London Cancer Alliance

The successful fellows and project titles for personalised care are:

  • Ms Laura Monje-Garcia, nurse practitioner, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust. Opening Pandora’s box: the Psychological Impacts of living with an inherited colorectal cancer predisposition syndrome (PSYLIVED). All London-based Cancer Alliances
  • Miss Sarah Noakes, nurse and trainee counselling psychologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Psycho-social function and support preferences for people with cancer who cannot vaccinate in the context of Covid recovery. All London-based Cancer Alliances

A virtual event is planned for early summer to showcase the outputs of the pan-London Cancer Alliances Research Fellowship programme. This will include presentations by fellows from previous years discussing how the fellowship supported their research career development.

For more information on the fellowships, please contact Dr Michelle Chen, Research and Innovation Lead, rmpartners.research@nhs.net