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Wednesday, 5th December 2012

Starts: 5 December 2012

Professor Geoff Pilkington

Professor Geoff Pilkington

Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth 


“Brain tumours: complexity, diversity and challenge”

Geoff has spent his entire career in brain tumour research, having started work on chemical neuro-carcinogenesis where he studied brain cancer stem cells and brain tumour development at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in the early 1970s and subsequently spent 23 years at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, latterly as Professor of Experimental Neuro-oncology. In 2003 he moved to the School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, as Professor of Cellular & Molecular Neuro-oncology & Director of Research. Over the years the research focus of his group has been development of models for the study of intrinsic brain tumours, elucidation of the mechanisms underlying diffuse local invasive behaviour in glioma and development of novel strategies for mitochondrial mediation of apoptosis in glioma. 

Geoff is currently President of the British Neuro-oncology Society, having been vice-president for the past two years. He was instrumental in the formation of Brain Tumour UK and remains as advisor to the charity. He is also advisor to Brainstrust, Ali’s Dream, Charlie’s Challenge and Children with Cancer UK as well as formerly holding membership of the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust Scientific & Medical Advisory Board. He also works closely with Hammer Out and the Brain Tumour Research Campaign and is highly supportive of the Brain Tumour Research consortium of brain tumour charities. He is also a regular attendee at the quarterly All Party Parliamentary Group meetings on Brain tumours at Westminster. He has recently established SEBTA (the South of England Brain Tumour Alliance) which brings together seven centres across the region where brain tumour research, diagnosis and therapy is carried out in order to maximize research data from minimal tissue and cell resources and aims to fast track lab-based research towards translational medicine and clinical trials. He lives on the Isle of Wight and commutes daily across the Solent to his Portsmouth laboratories. In his spare time he lists his major interests as: rugby union, cricket, real ales, seafood and the Greek Islands.


Host: Dr Arwyn Jones

4pm (refreshments from 3:50pm)

New Lecture Theatre, 2.60c Redwood Building

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Cost: Free

Open To: Postgraduate Students
Staff and Students
Undergraduate Students