Professor Richard Gilbertson

University of Cambridge

University departments
Department of Oncology
University institutes
CRUK Cambridge Institute
NHS or other affiliations
CRUK Cambridge Centre

Position: Professor
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Research description

Professor Richard Gilbertson FRS FMedSci FRCP is a Senior Group Leader at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, University of Cambridge. He is the Li Ka Shing Chair of Oncology, Head of the Department of Oncology, and Director of the CRUK Cambridge Major Centre and the CRUK Children’s Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence.

Richard Gilbertson trained as a pediatric oncologist in the UK where he earned his MBBS and PhD degrees, becoming a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1995. He moved to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA in 2000 where he served as the Co-Leader of the Neurobiology and Brain Tumor Program and founding Director of the Molecular Clinical Trials Core before being appointed as the Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, Executive Vice President, and Lillian R Cannon Endowed Chair in 2011. In 2014 he was appointed as the Scientific Director of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In August 2015, he moved back home to England where he now serves as the Li Ka-shing Chair of Oncology, Head of Department of Oncology and Director of the CRUK Cambridge Centre at the University of Cambridge. He is a Senior Group Leader at the CRUK Cambridge Institute where his laboratory research is focused on understanding the link between normal development and the origins of cancer, particularly brain tumours.

Professor Gilbertson outlines his vision and strategy for the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre here.

Research Programme or Virtual Institute
Brain Cancer Virtual Institute
Strategic Resources
Cambridge Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
Children's Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence
CRUK RadNet Cambridge
NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)
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