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Miss Maxine Tran
UCL division of Surgery and Interventional Science
9th Floor, Royal Free Hosptial
Tel: 02080168121
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  • Senior Lecturer
  • Department of Surgical Biotechnology
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Miss Maxine Tran studied medicine at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, and graduated in 1999.  She has a special interest in rare inherited kidney cancer syndromes and was awarded a competitive MRC clinical training fellowship for her PhD research at Imperial College London (2003-6). She then completed specialist urological surgery training as clinical lecturer at Cambridge University Hospital, and was appointed Associate Professor in Renal Cancer at UCL and Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital in 2015. She was appointed Vice Dean for EDI (Faculty of Medical Sciences) in 2019-21, Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) member for Urology in 2019, and has been on the board of Trustees for the Kidney Cancer UK charity since 2018.

Maxine has recently been appointed as a Governor on the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust council of governors.

Research Summary

Kidney cancer is the 7th most common adult cancer and affects 14000 people in the UK every year. The specialist centre for kidney cancer (SCKC) at the Royal Free Hospital is the largest in the UK, receiving over 1800 referrals annually. Maxine is the academic lead for the SCKC.

Maxine is dedicated to improving the knowledge of the biology underlying kidney cancer and to translate this to earlier diagnoses, better management and wider treatment options for patients. 

She has been awarded grants from the MRC, Academy of Medical Sciences, Addenbrookes’ Charitable Trust.  Her current research is being supported by Kidney cancer UK, Facing up 2 Kidney cancer, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

Maxine is Chief Investigator on these current studies:

1. NEphron Sparing Treatment (NEST) for small renal masses, NIHR funded.

2. Investigating the Facilitators and barriers to the Implementation of renal Tumour Biopsy (IFIT-B), NIHR funded.

3. MIBI-for Kidney, funded by Royal College of Surgeons, St Peter's Trust and the Royal Free Charity.

4. Characterisation of the biological markers of progression in renal cancer, funded by Kidney Cancer UK, Facing up 2 kidney cancer and the Nick Maude Memorial fund.

5. Immunological markers of early kidney cancer progression, MRC Clinical Training Fellowship for student: J Neves (PhD supervisor: M Tran)

Maxine is co-Investigator on the following:

1. CRUK International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED), CI Mark Emberton

2. Renal Cancer Tumouroids: New generation 3D in vitro models created from individual patients for testing drug responses; St Peter's Trust, CI Marilena Loizidou

3. ‘National Cancer Imaging Translational Accelerator (NCITA)’ CI S Punwani

4.'P' tentacle, ESPRC, CI D Stoyanov

Teaching Summary

Maxine supervises PhD, MSc and BSc students in the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science. She was module lead for the 'Professional Surgical Practice' module for the iBSc in Surgical Science from 2017-20.

She is passionate about the promotion of surgical excellence and is a member of the Panel of Question Writers for the Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations (FRCS Urol), appointed to the Specialist Advisory Committee (Urology) and is the Integrated Academic Training Lead for Urology at UCL. 

Maxine welcomes enquiries from keen individuals with a clinical or scientific background who would like to join the clinical or research team.

01-SEP-2015 Associate professor in renal cancer Surgery and Interventional Science UCL, United Kingdom
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