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Professor Matt Seymour

University of Leeds

Professor Matt Seymour is a medical oncologist specialising in gastrointestinal tract cancer. After training at Cambridge, the London, Stoke-on-Trent, St Bart’s and the Royal Marsden hospitals, he moved to Leeds in 1995.

His personal research interests are improving outcomes and reducing adverse impacts during drug therapy for patients with GI tract cancer, through optimising treatment regimens, individualised treatment selection using molecular biomarkers, and introduction of novel therapies. He has led several national phase III clinical trials and the translational research arising from them. This includes translational studies to identify which patients do or do not benefit from specific cytotoxic drugs and anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies.

Professor Seymour was the first regional Clinical Lead for the NCRN in Yorkshire, and is now the national Director of NCRN and Clinical Research Director for NCRI. In these roles he oversees the national portfolio of over 600 clinical cancer studies, with more than 50,000 participants each year. He is also joint founder of the International Rare Cancer Initiative (IRCI), promoting international cooperation to conduct research for rare cancers.

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