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Robert Jones

Professor Robert Jones

Professor and Consultant in Medical Oncology

School of Medicine

Email
JonesRH7@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29208 79035
Campuses
Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Comment
Media commentator

Overview

I am currently Early Phase Cancer Trials Lead in Wales, Associate Medical Director of RD&I at Velindre Cancer Centre, and am Solid Tumour lead for the Cardiff Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre. I arrived in Cardiff in 2009, having carried out a CRUK Clinician Scientist Post following my Medical Oncology training at the Beatson in Glasgow.

I set up Wales's only Cancer Phase 1 Trials Unit and opened its first ever First in Human Trial and led Global recruitment on it. Having evolved from a zero starting point we now have a team of around 20 staff. I have been Principal Investigator of around 50 Early Phase Trials and I am Chief Investigator on two Investigator Led National Portfolio trials, FAKTION and FURVA. FURVA was reported at the European Society of Medical Oncology meeting (2020) and FAKTION at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (Chicago 2019, and 2022). FAKTION received significant media coverage after demonstrating a doubling of overall survival in metastatic breast cancer.  The success of this trial made a critical contribution to the data pack for the sucessful fast track FDA application of a first in class AKT inihibitor for its first licenced clinical indication. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DkiQaKzAIg&feature=youtu.be

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Biography

I am dual trained in Medicine and Science. I carried out my medical degree in Oxford and then trained as a Medical Oncologist in Glasgow. I completed my PhD in Nic Jones's laboratory in London, and have carried out short research spells with Paul Russell and Frank McCormick in California. I was appointed as a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology in Bristol in 2003 and obtained a CRUK Clinician Scientist Fellowship in 2005. This award is designed to promote clinically relevant scientific research, and I carried this out in Alan Clark'e laboratory in Cardiff. I subsequently became Senior Lecurer post in Cardiff which enabled me to set up Wales's only Cancer Phase 1 trial unit. I was made a full Chair in February 2022. I am currently co-Director of the Division of Cancer and Genetics (Cardiff University), Associate Medical Director for RD&I (Velindre Universty NHS Trust), and co-Lead for the Cardiff Experimental Cancer Research Centre.