Biography

Professor of Oncogenetics, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology and Oncogenetics, The Royal Marsden Hospital (RMH)

Professor Eeles is both a clinician and scientist and has been instrumental in ensuring new discoveries in cancer genetics immediately benefit patients, particularly in her speciality areas of BRCA-mutations, other DNA repair gene-mutation carriers, and prostate cancer.

She trained at the University of Cambridge and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, has a PhD in cancer genetics and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Royal College of Radiologists (Clinical Oncology Faculty).

She returned from the USA in 1994 and is lead of the ICR Oncogenetics Team which has a programme of research in genetic predisposition to prostate cancer and management of individuals with BRCA and other DNA repair gene mutations. She leads the largest prostate cancer genetic study in the UK, set up an international consortium that involves over 100 research groups worldwide, and leads multiple clinical trials and screening studies. She also started the flagship Prostate Risk clinic at RMH to evaluate the increasing role of genetic testing in men with and at risk of prostate cancer.

She has sat on many genetics advisory committees, both national and international. She has edited a major textbook on genetic predisposition to cancer and a special edition of the Familial Cancer journal ‘Delivering cancer genetics services – new ways of working’. She is the Genomics Champion for the Royal College of Radiologists (Clinical Oncology Faculty) for the Academy of Royal Colleges. She is an author of over 500 papers and her book which she led as lead editor ‘Cancer Prevention and Screening’ won the BMA Chairman’s Book of the Year Award in 2019.

Ros Eeles

The Institute of Cancer Research

Topic: Germline Testing Families of Prostate Cancer Patients