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Dr Gert Attard
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Paul O'Gorman Building
72 Huntley Street
London
WC1E 6DD
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Appointment
  • Chair of Medical Oncology/Honorary Consultant
  • Research Department of Oncology
  • Cancer Institute
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
Biography
Prof Gerhardt Attard MD PhD FRCP
Prof Attard is a John Black Charitable Foundation Endowed Chair in Urological Cancer Research at University College London. He holds an advanced Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist award and is Team Leader of the Treatment Resistance Group at the UCL Cancer Institute. He graduated with a degree in Medicine from the University of Malta in June 1999 and obtained a PhD in Medicine from the University of London (ICR) in 2010. His main research interest is dissecting treatment resistance, currently with a focus on plasma DNA analysis, in order to inform on the development of novel therapeutics and biomarkers for castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). He is an experienced clinical trialist in CRPC and a co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including several important papers on advanced prostate cancer. Prof Attard’s many awards over the years include the ASCO Foundation Annual Merit Award in 2007, Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award in 2008, the AACR-GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Clinical Scholar Award in 2009, the Medical Research Society/Academy of Medical Sciences Sue McCarthy Prize in 2010 and the McElwain award in 2010. He received the Cancer Research UK Future Leader Award in 2017.  Prof Attard sits on a number of advisory boards and the editorial board of Annals of Oncology.
Research Summary
I am a Cancer Research UK clinician scientist and honorary medical oncology consultant with 15 years research experience in drug and biomarker development for castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). I am internationally recognised, having published extensively, been widely cited and presented and chaired sessions at major international meetings. I sit on several scientific advisory boards and grant review committees and review manuscripts for the major journals. I lead the Treatment Resistance group in the University College London (UCL) Cancer Institute focusing on functional and genomic studies of mechanisms of resistance in prostate cancer and the development of circulating biomarker based strategies for patient molecular characterisation and stratification. My clinical practice based in the University College London Hospital (UCLH) manages men with CRPC, the majority of whom are treated in the setting of clinical trials. I have led as chief investigator several multi-centre national and international clinical trials in CRPC. I lead the PCF-SELECT consortium to clinically implement a plasma-based test in the management of prostate cancer, the STRATOSPHere consortium to develop rational treatments for molecularly stratified prostate cancer starting long-term hormone therapy and the abiraterone-enzalutamide comparison in the STAMPEDE trial. I provide mentorship for medical oncology fellows and trainees and laboratory-based PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.
Teaching Summary

Students Supervised

PhD primary supervisor, Karolina Nowakowska, September 2013 – 2017; Anu Jayaram, August 2015 – ongoing; Anjui Wu, November 2015 – ongoing; Emily Grist, March 2017 - ongoing.

MD associate supervisor, Melissa Tan, April 2015 – ongoing.

MSc in oncology (Kingston University), supervisor for practical dissertation

Students: Mateus Crespo, (passed September 2012 and won GSK poster 2nd prize), Daniel West (passed September 2011), Karolina D Nowakowska (passed September 2011).

Lecturer appointments

ICR Oncology MSc course for Specialist Registrars, October 2006 – present. 

Lecturer in modules on Management of Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Cancers, Clinical trial design and Molecular biology

Royal Marsden School of Nursing, September 2004 – October 2010. 

Lecture titles: Molecular Carcinogenesis, Innovations in Cancer Treatment, Management of Prostate Cancer.

ESMO Preceptorship on Prostate Cancer, October 2014, March 2015. Lecturer


Appointments
JAN-2018 Honorary Medical Oncology Consultant   University College London Hospital, United Kingdom
JAN-2018 John Black Charitable Foundation Chair for Urologic Research Research Department of Oncology University College London, United Kingdom
AUG-2016 Advanced Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist    , United Kingdom
DEC-2015 – JAN-2018 Team Leader Division of Molecular Pathology The Institute of Cancer Research, United Kingdom
APR-2013 – JAN-2018 Honorary Medical Oncology Consultant   Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
APR-2013 – JAN-2018 Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist   The Institute of Cancer Research, United Kingdom
AUG-2012 – MAR-2013 CRUK Clinician Scientist and Specialist Registrar   The Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Trust, United Kingdom
MAR-2009 – AUG-2012 NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer and Specialist Registrar   The Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Trust, United Kingdom
MAR-2005 – MAR-2009 CRUK Clinical Research Fellow Sections of Medicine and Molecular Carcinogenesis The Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Trust, United Kingdom
FEB-2004 – MAR-2005 Clinical Research Fellow CRUK Centre for Cancer Therapeutics The Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Trust, United Kingdom
AUG-2003 – FEB-2004 Senior House Officer Medical Oncology Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
JUL-1999 – NOV-2002 House Officer and Senior House Officer rotations Medicine St Luke’s Hospital, Malta
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