Professor Tim Maughan
Professor Tim Maughan is Professor of Cancer Studies in the School of Medicine. He is Clinical Director of the Wales Cancer Trials Unit and the NISCHR Clinical Research Centre. The Wales Cancer Trials Unit runs national clinical tests of cancer treatments which will directly influence patient care in the NHS. These include the world’s largest lung cancer trial. The NISCHR CRC is one of the key organisations supporting clinical research in health and social care across all disciplines within Wales. Professor Maughan is also the founding chair of the NCRI Radiotherapy Research Working Group, which has a broad remit to energise research in radiotherapy and related radiobiology across the UK.
Professor Maughan’s own research is in the treatment of patients with colorectal cancer. He is the Chief Investigator of two large national trials for new treatment of colorectal cancer.
Many forms of cancer still show high levels of resistance to existing treatments, whether radiation or drug therapy. Better understanding of cancer stem cells and the role they play in the spread, or metastasis, of cancer might also help our understanding of the reasons for this resistance to treatment.
Professor Maughan said: “We will be looking to integrate our research with that of the scientists who arrive to work at The European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute. In particular, we will have the objective of investigating why current therapies can fail certain patients, how those current treatments can be made more effective and how new approaches can be developed.”