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Dr Helen McNair

Team Leader

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Helen is the lead research radiographer in radiotherapy at The Royal Marsden. Her research centres on assessing techniques that improve accuracy and precision of radiotherapy delivery. Team: Translational Therapeutic Radiography ORCID 0000-0001-7389-5587


Dr Helen McNair is the lead research radiographer at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Cancer Research, London.

She trained at the Northern Ireland School of Therapeutic Radiography in 1986. After working in Australia for two years she returned to the UK and worked in the Westminster Hospital (now a part of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) and subsequently at The Royal Marsden from 1990. During that time she was a treatment radiographer and then worked in pre-treatment where she gained extensive experience in patient reproducibility and motion in radiotherapy.

Dr McNair moved to Sutton in 2000 to commence her role as research radiographer and completed a MSc in 2001 and PhD in 2011. Her main area of research is the translation of novel radiotherapy technologies into clinical practice. This has involved investigating the efficacy and efficiency of intensity modulated radiotherapy and Image guided radiotherapy.

She has contributed to Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) national guidelines, and most recently co-chaired the NRIG Image guided radiotherapy group which created guidance on the role and use of IGRT. She is also co-chaired the subsequent update in 2011-12.

Dr McNair is a member of the teaching faculty of the European Society of Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) Image Guided Radiotherapy, and is a Fellow of the British Institute of Radiology. She is also a member of the National Cancer Research Institute's (NCRI) Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy (CTRad) New Technology, Physics and Quality Assurance working group. She is also an associate editor of the journal Radiography.

Helen enjoys running and is an avid member of Park Run and British Military Fitness. She also loves cooking and gardening.