Prof Neil Burnet

Chair in Academic Proton Clin. Oncology

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Biography

Neil joined the Precise Group in February 2018.  He has had a career-long interest Proton Beam Therapy (PBT).  He is a committed to neuro-oncologist, with a particular interest in how to improve outcomes for patients.  He is especially interested in how to reduce the adverse effects that both tumour and treatment cause to patients with brain tumours, and how PBT might contribute to this.

 

He is also interested in radiotherapy for chordoma of the skull base and spine and pituitary tumours, the optimisation of treatment with image-guided IMRT, and multi-scale mathematical modelling of cancer treatments.

 

He started his consultant career at Velindre Hospital in Cardiff, where he initiated CT planning for patients with brain tumours.  He then worked at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for a little over 20 years, latterly as Professor of Radiation Oncology.  During that time he re-activated stereotactic radiosurgery, and led the clinical implementation of CT planning for patients with CNS tumours, CT-MRI image co-registration for planning, conformal radiotherapy, and then image-guided IMRT, using the TomoTherapy platform.  While there he ran the world-leading VoxTox research programme, developing automated methods to calculate delivered (as distinct from planned) dose using daily image guidance CT imaging.

 

He has also worked for many years on individual variation in normal tissue radiosensitivity (the RAPPER Radiogenomics project), bringing biology together with physics in personalising radiation treatment for patients. 

 

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