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Professor Richard Houlston

Head of Division and Team Leader

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Professor Richard Houlston aims to identify and characterise the genes that cause cancer. Currently, he is acting Head of the Division of Genetics and Epidemiology. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Pathologists, the Institute of Biology and the Academy of Medical Sciences, and is co-editor at the British Journal of Cancer. Team: Myeloma Group
Team: Molecular and Population Genetics

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Professor Richard Houlston’s research is focussed on identifying and characterising susceptibility genes for cancer in order to understand the causes of tumour development. Furthermore, the ability to identify those at increased risk of developing cancer has direct clinical relevance, as it may assist preventative efforts as well as diagnosing and treating the disease in its early stage.

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He graduated with distinction in Medicine from Imperial College London, gaining MD and PhD degrees from the University of London. Following various medical internships and Fellowships he joined the ICR in 1994. He has been elected Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Pathologists, the Institute of Biology and The Academy of Medical Sciences. He is currently co-editor of the British Journal of Cancer.

“I hope to continue to contribute to our understanding of why cancer develops,” Professor Houlston says. “In particular, I want to keep investigating the genetics of cancer and use this knowledge to contribute to improving patient care.”

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