Neurosurgery Section Visitors

Professor Gareth Evans

Manchester, UK

Professor Evans has established a national and international reputation in clinical and research aspects of cancer genetics, particularly in neurofibromatosis and breast cancer. He has developed a clinical service for cancer genetics in the North West Region of England, which is nationally regarded. He is an important opinion leader nationally through membership of committees and was chairman of the NICE Familial Breast Cancer Guideline Development Group (2002-2010) and is now clinical lead (2011-). He lectures throughout the UK and internationally on hereditary breast cancer and cancer syndromes. He has given plenary lectures at many international meetings including the International Congress of Human Genetics and two invited lecture tours across Australia (1995, 2001). He has developed a national training program for clinicians, nurses and genetic counsellors in breast cancer genetics and established a system for risk assessment and counselling for breast cancer in Calman breast units implemented through a training course (1998-2011). Professor Evans has published 760 peer reviewed research publications; 276 as first or senior author.

He has published over 126 reviews and chapters and has had a book published by Oxford University Press on familial cancer. He has an ISI web of knowledge H-index of 100 and a google scholar H-index of 139 having only published his first article in 1990. In the last 5 years he has raised over ?35 million in grants for multicentre and local studies – approximately ?31 million to Manchester. He is Chief Investigator on two (?1.59 & ?1 million) NIHR program grant (2009-2014 and 2016- 2020) on breast cancer risk prediction and also has an NIHR RfPB grant as CI (2011). He has led a successful bid for a Nationally funded NF2 service (?7.5 million pa) that started in 2010 and is involved in the national complex NF1 service. He is theme lead and cancer lead on the All Manchester NIHR Biomedical Research Centre worth ?28.5 Million (2016-2020). Professor Evans’ research interests include: inherited breast and ovarian cancer and its imaging, neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2 and imaging and other inherited tumour predispositions.

Mr Dominic Thompson

London, UK

Mr Dominic Thompson is one of six paediatric neurosurgeons in
the department of Paediatric Neurosurgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The paediatric neurosurgical service at GOSH is one of the busiest units in the world and performs over 1000 paediatric neurosurgical operations per year. The neurosurgical team works in close collaboration with allied disciplines to offer a comprehensive service for all paediatric neurosurgical conditions. In addition to general paediatric neurosurgery (cranial trauma, hydrocephalus, CNS infection etc.) the team offers subspecialist expertise in the surgical management of craniofacial deformity, neuro-oncology, epilepsy, congenital spinal anomalies and neurovascular disorders. The surgical team uses the latest technological advances in operative paediatric neurosurgery, including image guided surgery, robotics and intraoperative electophysiological monitoring. Additionally, the team have an active program of clinical research and surgical audit aimed at improving outcomes for paediatric neurosurgery patients.