Our Medical Advisory Board

Our Medical Advisory Board (MAB) comprises a specialist multidisciplinary team of GIST and tissue banking experts from leading medical and academic institutions around the UK. They are the principal advisory group offering insight, scientific direction, and expertise for GIST Support UK’s research grant and infrastructure initiatives.

The MAB advises the GIST Support UK Trustees regarding:

  • The long-range strategy of GIST Support UK for achieving its mission to improve treatments and finding a cure for GIST Cancer.
  • Proposals for new research grants.
  • Other matters upon which the GIST Support UK trustees request advice and recommendations. The MAB typically consists of up to ten members including a Chairman who meet a minimum of twice a year. The initial term of appointment of each member is three years with the option of renewing for a further three years (after which they must retire but can rejoin after three years).
  • They collaborate with GIST experts and researchers world-wide to ensure the most up to date knowledge and perspectives on treatments for GIST patients and the ongoing work of GIST Support UK.

Meet the Team:

Professor Ian Judson

Professor Ian Judson- FRCP, Royal College of Physicians, London
- MD, University of Cambridge
- BA (Hons), Natural Sciences, Univesity of Cambridge
- MB, BChir, University of Cambridge

Professor Judson has specialised in the management of sarcomas for the past 20 years and has made a particular study of gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST). He was a principal investigator in the Phase I/II trial of imatinib for GIST in 2000/1 and has been actively involved in research into the treatment of this disease since that time.

Dr V. Ramesh Bulusu

Dr Ramesh BulusuConsultant Clinical Oncologist MD, MRCP, MSc, FRCR (Oncology)

Dr Bulusu is the alliance lead and one of the national experts on gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST). Working with other specialists in this area, he has developed the national guidelines for the management of this tumour and has lectured, presented and published extensively on the subject.

He is actively involved in numerous clinical trials as a principal and co investigator and has been the consultant clinical lead for PAWS-GIST since its inception in November 2010.

Professor Andrew Hall

Professor Andrew HallMBBS,MRCP,PhD,FRCPath

- Retired Director, Northern Institute for Cancer Research
- Retired Director, Newcastle Biomedicine Biobank
- Designated Individual for Human Tissue Act Research Licence for Newcastle University
- Professor of Experimental Haematology
- Honorary Consultant Haematologist, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust
- Pathology Lead, NCRI Confederation of Cancer Biobanks

Professor Hall has been instrumental in setting up of the National GIST tumour bank.

Dr Palma Dileo

Dr Palma DileoConsultant Medical Oncologist on the Sarcoma Unit at University College Hospital, UCLH NHS Trust, specialising exclusively in the management (chemotherapy and radiotherapy) of soft tissue and bone sarcomas. The Sarcoma Unit at UCLH, together with the Sarcoma Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, is the London Sarcoma Service (www.londonsarcoma.org) which offers a comprehensive clinical service to patients of all ages with sarcoma at all sites of the body. She has continued to provide patient care since 1996 (general oncology), with more emphasis on sarcoma and rare tumors starting from 1998.

Dr Dileo completed her training at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori of Milan, Italy and at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA. From 2006 to 2010 she has been Associate Physician, Medical Oncology, Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan working in the Sarcoma Team. She has a strong interest in early phase clinical trials and is a co-investigator for a number of clinical trials in sarcoma. She is a member of the EORTC Soft Tissue and Bone Sarcoma Group and ASCO.

Dr Newton Wong

Dr Newton WongConsultant Histopathologist - BSc MRCP , MBChB, FRCPath, MD

Areas of interest:
- Molecular diagnostics;
- Gastrointestinal pathology;
- GIST

Dr Robin Jones

Dr Robin JonesMedical oncologist specialising in the treatment of bone and soft tissue sarcomas. He has experience in conducting Phase I, II and III trials, as well translational studies in sarcoma. He trained in medical oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital and between 2010 and 2014 he was Head of the Sarcoma Program at the University of Washington / Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. His main research interest focuses on clinical trials of novel agents and immunotherapy in sarcoma.

Dr Phillippe Tanniere

Dr Phillippe TanniereConsultant in Histopathology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Medical School, Birmingham, with a special interest in gastro-intestinal and pancreatico-biliary pathology.

Dr Maria Marples

Dr Maria MarplesA medical oncologist, whose special interests are melanoma, sarcoma, and cancers of teenagers and young adults (TYA). She is the local principal investigator in Leeds on a range of clinical trials, looking at new treatments for melanoma and sarcoma, and also at how effective current treatment approaches are. She has led several projects assessing existing services which have led to quality improvements in clinics.

Dr Michael Leahy

Dr Michael LeahyConsultant Clinical Oncologist - BSc (Hons), MBBS, PhD, FRCP

Dr Leahy attended medical school in London and trained in oncology at the Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomew's before completing his specialist training at The Christie, Manchester, in 1998. He spent six years at the University of Leeds as senior lecturer in medical oncology and is now based in Manchester as a medical oncologist on the supra-regional sarcoma and testicular cancer multi-disciplinary teams. Dr Leahy has worked with the PAWS-GIST Alliance since its inception.