Two top medical scientists at The Christie recognised

Press release posted 21 May 2019

Two of Manchester’s top cancer research scientists have been selected to join an esteemed group of the greatest minds in medical science.

The Academy of Medical Sciences has awarded Fellowships to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust’s Director of Research, Professor John Radford and Professor Rob Bristow the research division’s Chief Academic Officer and Co-Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre.

Professor John  Radford

Professor John Radford and Professor Rob Bristow are the only two fellows to be elected this year from the North West. And they are two of just three clinicians from the North of England as a whole, (the third being Professor Mary Herbert, Professor of Reproductive Biology at Newcastle University).


Rob Bristow

In total, 50 of the UK’s leading figures within biomedical and health sciences were elected from 413 candidates to make the 2018/19 list.

The pair, who are leading figures at The Christie, which is the largest single-site cancer research centre in the UK, have been selected for their outstanding contributions to advancing medical science, cutting edge research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and wider society.

Commenting on being made a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Professor John Radford, Director of Research and Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Christie, said: “It’s a great honour to receive this prestigious fellowship – and for two of us to be elected in the same year is wonderful news for The Christie and Manchester as a whole.  We are making great strides in cancer research and it’s a privilege to work with so many outstanding colleagues all of whom contribute towards us being a world class centre for improving the treatment and care of patients with cancer.”

Professor Rob Bristow, Chief Academic Officer and Honorary Consultant at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust added: “It is a privilege to be elected as a Fellow of this esteemed academy and to join some of the greatest minds in medical research, who are changing the face of health science for the better.  Manchester is a place to do great things. The city has a proven commitment to cancer research so it’s an honour to be part of the team of world-leading experts who are making impressive progress in finding a cure for cancer.”

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked ‘Outstanding’ by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which referred to it as ‘exceptional’ and ‘a leader in its field’. It not only commended the Trust for its effectiveness and care, but highlighted its work in shaping the future of cancer care and noted the reach and influence of its clinical research projects. The CQC also rated The Christie the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England.