Professor Steele appointed Chair of UK Screening Committee

12th July, 2016

Professor Bob Steele, of the University of Dundee, has been appointed as the independent Chair of the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC), the body which advises Ministers and the NHS in all four countries about all aspects of screening policy.

Professor Steele is one of the UK’s leading authorities on cancer screening, which plays a vital role in detecting the disease in its earliest stages and increasing survival rates.

His main interest is colorectal cancer and he is Director of the Scottish Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme, having acted as clinical lead for the UK demonstration pilot that was used to inform the decision to introduce national screening programmes throughout the United Kingdom.

“I am honoured to have been appointed as Chair of the UK National Screening Committee,” said Professor Steele. “Screening is a vital component in our resources to tackle disease, and it is essential that it is employed responsibly by the NHS.”

Professor Steele holds a Chair in Surgery and is Head of Cancer Research in the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee. His research has a particular focus on the prevention, early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer.

He did his initial surgical and academic training in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Aberdeen and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Nottingham in 1990. He was then appointed Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Dundee in 1996 and as Professor of Surgery and Head of the University Department of Surgery in 2003.

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