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Dr Shaista Hafeez

Senior Researcher

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Dr Shaista Hafeez is a Clinician Scientist at The Institute of Cancer Research and Consultant Clinical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, working in the Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging. Team: Clinical Academic Radiotherapy (Huddart)

Biography and research overview

Dr Shaista Hafeez specialises in the radiotherapy and systemic treatment of patients with urological cancers. Her on-going research aims to improve patient outcomes by developing individualised approaches to radiotherapy with particular emphasis on the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to inform both geometric and biological adaption of treatment through pipeline of research.

Dr Hafeez graduated from the Imperial College School of Medicine and completed specialist clinical oncology training in London. In 2013 she was awarded a Cancer Research UK PhD Fellowship and undertook a period of research at the ICR and the Royal Marsden, investigating functional MRI and advanced image guided adaptive radiotherapy techniques in bladder cancer.

Her work has received several awards including the Royal College of Radiologists' Ross Award and the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Prize. In 2017 she was awarded the Chairman’s Prize, for her PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research.

Dr Hafeez currently leads the Bladder Group within the International MR Linac Consortium which is a global collaborative group to develop evidence base for MR-guided radiotherapy. She is also NCRI Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy Research Working Group (CTRad) workstream member with focus on clinical radiotherapy research relating to new technologies and functional imaging.