Dr Philip Bearcroft
Philip Bearcroft matriculated in 1982 and studied Medical Science and Computer Science at Corpus Christi. He went into Radiology in 1990, was appointed Clinical Lecturer in Radiology at Cambridge University 1995, and a consultant Radiologist in 1997. From 1996 to 2000 he was a fellow in neuroscience at New Hall. He has been the Divisional Director in the Department of Radiology and lead Musculoskeletal Radiologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and is an Associate Lecturer at Cambridge University. His expertise is in all aspects of Musculoskeletal imaging especially sports injuries in all types of athlete from the weekend warrior to Olympians. He research interests centre on modern imaging methods for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, and also on documenting how imaging tests alter the clinician’s diagnosis or the management of the patient. He has published over 60 peer review papers and book chapters. He supervises the Medical Students for Anatomy in their first year at Corpus and is a Director of Studies for the Clinical Students from year 4 onwards.
Professor Karol Sikora
Karol Sikora is Medical Director of CancerPartnersUK which is creating the largest UK cancer network as a series of joint ventures with NHS Trusts. He was Professor of Cancer Medicine and honorary Consultant Oncologist at Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London. He is Scientific Director of Medical Solutions PLC, Britain’s leading cancer diagnostic company. He has recently been appointed Dean of Britain’s first independent Medical School at the University of Buckingham. He studied medical science and biochemistry at Corpus Christi, Cambridge, where he obtained a double first. After clinical training he became a house physician at The Middlesex Hospital and registrar in oncology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He became a research student at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology in Cambridge. He obtained his PhD and became a clinical fellow at Stanford University, California before returning to direct the Ludwig Institute in Cambridge. He was Clinical Director for Cancer Services at Hammersmith for 12 years and established a major cancer research laboratory. He has published over 300 papers and written or edited 20 books including Treatment of Cancer – the standard British postgraduate textbook now going to its fifth edition and The Economics of Cancer Care. He currently directs a cancer drug donation programme in Africa.
Professor Rod Thompson
Rod Thompson was admitted to Corpus to read Medicine in 1961. He went to UCH for his clinical studies but returned to Cambridge to undertake a PhD in the Department of Biochemistry. After a few years at Cardiff as a Lecturer in the Department of Medical Biochemistry he joined the Department of Clinical Biochemistry in Cambridge and was elected to a Fellowship at Corpus. He succeeded Peter Lewis as Director of Studies in Medicine in 1984 until his appointment as Professor of Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Southampton. He took early retirement in 1998 to concentrate on his research on the causes of genetic susceptibility to multiple sclerosis.
Professor Alastair Watson
Alastair Watson studied Medical Sciences at Corpus Christi (1974) before completing his medical training at St Thomas’ Hospital. After junior medical posts in Edinburgh, London and Stoke on Trent he researched intestinal transport physiology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He was awarded an MD degree by Cambridge University for this work in 1989. He then undertook a three year post-doctoral research period at Johns Hopkins Medical School investigating sodium/proton exchange with Mark Donowitz and Marshall Montrose. He started to develop his interest in apoptosis of intestinal epithelium as a Lecturer in the University of Manchester in 1991. In 1992 was awarded The Sir Francis Avery Jones British Society of Gastroenterology Research Medal. Appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Liverpool in 1998 where he served a number of senior administrative posts including Head of the Division of Gastroenterology and Head of the Department of Medicine. He was an Associate Editor of GUT (2003 – 04) then its Deputy Editor (2005 – 2007). He currently serves on the Council of the British Society of Gastroenterology and in 2010 was appointed as its first Secretary of International Affairs. In 2010 he was appointed the University of East Anglia as its first Professor of Translational Medicine.