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Dr Arfon Powell

Wcat Fellow

School of Medicine

Email:
powella16@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
UHW Main Building
Welsh speaking
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am a Wales Clinical Academic Track (WCAT) trainee in general surgery with a subspeciality interest in oesophagogastric cancer.

I undertook my pre-doctoral research training with Dr Joanne Edwards and Professors Paul Horgan and Donald McMillan at the University of Glasgow. Research studies looking at the relationship between cancer-related inflammation and genomic instablity culminated in the award of a PhD.

My current research looks at genomic and epigentic changes observed in patients with cancer-related inflammation and its influence on response to treatment and survival in patients with oesophagogastric cancer.

Education and qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cancer Science, University of Glasgow, 2016
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Surgical Science (Distinction), University of Edinburgh, 2011
  • Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS), Edinburgh, 2009
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB), University of Aberdeen, 2007

Honours and awards

  • Enid linder Award, University of Aberdeen - 2006
  • Shepherd Memorial Medal in Surgery, University of Aberdeen - 2007
  • Dukes Club/ACPGBI Prize, ASiT National Conference - 2011
  • Publons Award - Top Reviewer in Medicine - 2017
  • Publons Award - Top Reviewer in Clinical Medicine - 2018
  • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland - Poster Prize - 2018
  • Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland - Poster prize - 2019
  • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland - Moynihan Medal - 2019

Professional memberships

  • American Association of Cancer Research 
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association of Upper GI Surgeons
  • British Association of Cancer Research 
  • European Society of Diseases of the Esophagus
  • International Society of Diseases of the Esophagus
  • Society of Academic and Research Surgery
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of England

Academic positions

  • 2010 - 2013: Clinical Research Fellowship, Department of Surgery, The University of Glasgow

Speaking engagements

Invited lectures

June 2019

  • Systemic inflammation, chemotherapy response and survival in oesophageal cancer. DCG Seminar Series, Cardiff University, UK

April 2019

  • Prognostic significance of cardiopulmonary excercise testing in oesophagogastric cancer. Wales Cancer Network - All Wales Oesophagogastric Cancer Conference, UK
  • Compound level QA metrics in oesophagogastric cancer surgery. Wales Cancer Network - All Wales Oesophagogastric Cancer Conference, UK

December 2018

  • Altmetric versus bibliometric perspective regarding publication impact and force. Presentation at the first AltMetricon, UK

January 2018

  • Systemic inflammation, genomic instability, and survival in colorectal cancer. DCG Seminar Series, Cardiff University, UK

Committees and reviewing

Journal reviewer

  • Annals of Surgical Oncology
  • BMC Cancer
  • British Journal of Cancer
  • British Journal of Medicine
  • British Journal of Surgery
  • Cancer Medicine
  • Histology and Histopathology
  • International Journal of Surgery
  • World Journal of Surgical Oncology

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

I am interested in supervising MD/PhD students in the areas of:

  • Prognostic and predictive biomarkers of response to chemotherapy in oesophagogastric (OG) cancer
  • Improving the quality metrics and complication rates associated with OG cancer surgery
  • Bibliometric analysis and the role of emerging compound metrics in determining impact