John Radford

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John Radford

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Professor of Medical Oncology

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0161 446 3753






Professor of Medical Oncology; Director of Research

Professional biography

Professor Radford has had a career long interest in Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He has undertaken internationally leading research in the field most notably with respect to developing the evidence base for PET scan directed therapy in Hodgkin lymphoma. He took a leading role in the clinical development of brentuximab vedotin. He has a long association with the UK NCRI Lymphoma Clinical Studies Group and was chair from 2011-2017. He currently leads the NIHR Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre’s theme on the oncology tertiary care/primary care interface.

He has a major interest in reducing late treatment toxicity especially in second cancers and in collaboration with Public Health England has led the development of a national database (BARD) of women at high risk of breast cancer following radiotherapy for lymphoma patients under the age of 36. He chairs the Centre for Living Beyond Cancer Science steering committee and is also leading several digital health projects. One of these, RAPID-digital, was recently designated a national exemplar by Health Data Research UK. He has published more than 400 academic papers, been cited in excess of 20,000 times, generated £13m in research funding over the last 5 years and given numerous invited talks most recently in the US and Europe.

At The Christie, Professor Radford leads a busy clinical practice with his opinion sought by patients with lymphoma from many parts of the UK. He has been Director of Research since 2007 and led the creation of a dynamic research culture, a massive change in research infrastructure and considerable growth in the quantity and quality of research not only by doctors and scientists but nurses, pharmacists and radiographers too. He supports staff from diverse backgrounds to fulfil their ambitions and has mentored numerous trainees who are now successful researchers and clinicians in their own right. John was presented with an NIHR Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2017, elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in June 2019 and in September 2019 made Honorary President of Lymphoma Action.