Professor Robert J C Steele

Senior Research Professor

Prevention, early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer


Division of Cancer Research
Mail Box 4
Level 6
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School

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+(44) 01382 632813

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Professor Robert Steele obtained 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 Academic Surgery in 2003.  His main interests are the treatment of and screening for colorectal cancer. Having led the UK demonstration pilot that was used to inform the decision to introduce national screening programmes throughout the United Kingdom, he is at present the Clinical Director of the Scottish Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme, and has published extensively in this area. He has chaired several NHS QIS and HIS groups related to colorectal cancer and colorectal cancer screening and he chaired the SIGN group that developed the latest set of colorectal cancer guidelines.  He is a past member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and current Editor of “The Surgeon”.  He is co-founder and co-director of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network, Chair of the Health Improvement, Protection and Services (HIPS) Research Committee of the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist’s Office, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Scottish Cancer Foundation and is a past President of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.  In 2016, he was appointed as Independent Chair of the UK National Screening Committee. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Faculty of Public Health and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Peer Reviewed Publications: 257, H index: 66, i10-index 212


His initial research interests were in breast cancer and, working for Professor Sir Patrick Forrest, he developed the concept of auxiliary node sampling.  In Hong Kong, his interest shifted to upper gastrointestinal disease and he was instrumental in developing and introducing endoscopic haemostasis for bleeding peptic ulcer. 

In Nottingham, working for Professor Jack Hardcastle,  he became involved with the early trials of colorectal cancer screening and since then, colorectal cancer has remained his primary clinical and academic interest.  He has carried out work in surgery and radiotherapy for colorectal cancer and in the area of genetic and chromosomal abnormalities that underlie the disease.  His main research interest, however, is in colorectal cancer screening and he has published extensively in this area.


Steele, R. J. C., Stanners, G., Lang, J., Brewster, D. H., Carey, F. A. & Fraser, C. G. Interval cancers in a national colorectal cancer screening programme In : United European Gastroenterology Journal. Aug 2016 4, 4, p. 587-594 8 p.

Negm, O. H., Hamed, M. R., Schoen, R. E., Whelan, R. L., Steele, R. J., Scholefield, J., Dilnot, E. M., Shantha Kumara, H. M. C., Robertson, J. F. R. & Sewell, H. F.  Human blood autoantibodies in the detection of colorectal cancer 6 Jul 2016 In : PLoS ONE. 11, 7, 14 p., e0156971

Digby, J., Fraser, C. G., Carey, F. A., Diament, R. H., Balsitis, M. & Steele, R. J. C.  Faecal haemoglobin concentration is related to detection of advanced colorectal neoplasia in the next screening round 1 Jul 2016 In : Journal of Medical Screening. 7 p.

Steele, R. J. C.  Report of ACPGBI PresidentJul 2016 In : Colorectal Disease. 18, 7, p. 664-666 3 p.

Anderson, A., Caswell, S., Macleod, M., Steele, R., Berg, J., Dunlop, J., Stead, M., Eadie, D. & O'Carroll, R. E.  Health behaviors and their relationship with disease control in people attending genetic clinics with a family history of breast or colorectal cancer 17 Jun 2016 In : Journal of Genetic Counseling. 12 p.

Young, G. P. , Senore, C. , Mandel, J. S. , Allison, J. E. , Atkin, W. S. , Benamouzig, R. , Bossuyt, P. M. M. , Silva, M. D. , Guittet, L. , Halloran, S. P. , Haug, U. , Hoff, G. , Itzkowitz, S. H. , Leja, M. , Levin, B. , Meijer, G. A. , O'Morain, C. A. , Parry, S. , Rabeneck, L. , Rozen, P. & 6 others Saito, H., Schoen, R. E., Seaman, H. E., Steele, R. J. C., Sung, J. J. Y. & Winawer, S. J. Recommendations for a step-wise comparative approach to the evaluation of new screening tests for colorectal cancer 15 Mar 2016  In : Cancer. 122, 6, p. 826-839 14 p.

Miles, A., Mcclements, P. L., Steele, R. J. C., Redeker, C., Sevdalis, N. & Wardle, J. Perceived diagnostic delay and cancer-related distress: A cross-sectional study of patients with colorectal cancer 11 Feb 2016  In : Psycho-Oncology.

Benton, S., Steele, R., Logan, R., Djedovic, N., Smith, S. & Addison, C. NICE referral guidelines for suspected cancer: colorectal cancer and faecal occult blood testing 1 Jan 2016 In : Annals of Clinical Biochemistry. 53, 1, p. 7-9 3 p.

Digby, J., Fraser, C. G., Carey, F. A., Lang, J., Stanners, G. & Steele, R. J. C.  Interval cancers using a quantitative faecal immunochemical test (FIT) for haemoglobin when colonoscopy capacity is limited In 19 Nov 2015 : Journal of Medical Screening. 5 p.

Drew, J. E., Farquharson, A. J., Vase, H., Carey, F. A., Steele, R. J. C., Ross, R. A. & Bunton, D. C. Molecular profiling of multiplexed gene markers to assess viability of ex vivo human colon explant cultures Nov 2015  In : BioResearch Open Access. 4, 1, p. 425-430 6 p.

Munro, A., Brown, M., Niblock, P., Steele, R. & Carey, F.  Do Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) processes influence survival in patients with colorectal cancer? A population-based experience 13 Oct 2015 In : BMC Cancer. 15, 686, 9 p., 686

O'Carroll, R. E., Chambers, J. A., Brownlee, L. A., Libby, G. & Steele, R. J. C.  Anticipated regret to increase uptake of colorectal cancer screening (ARTICS): a randomised controlled trial Oct 2015 In : Social Science and Medicine. 142, p. 118-127 10 p.

Miles, A., McClements, P. L., Steele, R. J. C., Redeker, C., Sevdalis, N. & Wardle, J. The psychological impact of a colorectal cancer diagnosis following a negative fecal occult blood test result 24 Jul 2015 In : Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 24, 7, p. 1032-1038 7 p.

Anderson, A. S. & Steele, R. J. CTime to stand up and make a difference 8 Jul 2015 In : BMJ. 351, 1 p., h3141

Steele, R. J. C., Anderson, A. S., Macleod, M., Craigie, A. M., Caswell, S., Belch, J., Treweek, S. & on behalf of the BeWEL team Colorectal adenomas and diabetes: implications for disease prevention Jul 2015 In : Colorectal Disease. 17, 7, p. 589-594 6 p.

Stead, M., Craigie, A. M., Macleod, M., McKell, J., Caswell, S., Steele, R. J. C. & Anderson, A. SWhy are some people more successful at lifestyle change than others?: Factors associated with successful weight loss in the BeWEL randomised controlled trial of adults at risk of colorectal cancer Jun 2015 In : International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 12, 12 p., 87

Amankwatia, E. B., Chakravarty, P., Carey, F. A., Weidlich, S., Steele, R. J. C., Munro, A. J., Wolf, C. R. & Smith, GMicroRNA-224 is associated with colorectal cancer progression and response to 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy by KRAS-dependent and-independent mechanisms 28 Apr 2015 In : British Journal of Cancer. 112, 9, p. 1480-1490 11 p.

McDermott, F. D., Heeney, A., Kelly, M. E., Steele, R. J., Carlson, G. L. & Winter, D. C. Systematic review of preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative risk factors for colorectal anastomotic leaks Apr 2015 In : British Journal of Surgery. 102, 5, p. 462-479 18 p.

Sung, J. J. Y., Ng, S. C., Chan, F. K. L., Chiu, H. M., Kim, H. S., Matsuda, T., Ng, S. S. M., Lau, J. Y. W., Zheng, S., Adler, S., Reddy, N., Yeoh, K. G., Tsoi, K. K. F., Ching, J. Y. L., Kuipers, E. J., Rabeneck, L., Young, G. P., Steele, R. J., Lieberman, D. & Goh, K. L. An updated Asia Pacific Consensus Recommendations on colorectal cancer screening Jan 2015 In : Gut. 64, 1, p. 121-132 12 p.

Anderson, A. S., Caswell, S., Macleod, M., Craigie, A. M., Stead, M. & Steele, R. J. CAwareness of lifestyle and colorectal cancer risk: findings from the BeWEL study 2015 In : BioMed Research International. 5 p., 871613

Mowat, C., Digby, J., Strachan, J. A., Wilson, R., Carey, F. A., Fraser, C. G. & Steele, R. J. C. Faecal haemoglobin and faecal calprotectin as indicators of bowel disease in patients presenting to primary care with bowel symptoms 2015 In : Gut. 8 p.

Drew, J. E., Farquharson, A. J., Mayer, C. D., Vase, H. F., Coates, P. J., Steele, R. J. & Carey, F. A. Predictive gene signatures: molecular markers distinguishing colon adenomatous polyp and carcinoma  25 Nov 2014 In : PLoS ONE. 9, 11, 20 p., e113071

Abukar, A. A., Parcell, B. J., Lim, C. B., Patil, P. V., Ramsanahie, A., Carey, F., Steele, R. J. C. & Thaha, M. A. Malignancy within a tail gut cyst: a case of retrorectal carcinoid tumour 13 Nov 2014 In : Case Reports in Surgery. 2014, 4 p., 454502

Libby, G., Brewster, D. H. & Steele, R. J. C. Impact of faecal occult blood test screening on emergency admissions and short-term outcomes for colorectal cancer Nov 2014 In : British Journal of Surgery. 101, 12, p. 1607-1615 9 p.

Steele, R. J. C. Colorectal cancer screening Oct 2014 In : British Journal of Surgery. 101, 11, p. 1338-1340 3 p.

Digby, J., McDonald, P. J., Strachan, J. A., Libby, G., Steele, R. J. C. & Fraser, C. GDeprivation and faecal haemoglobin: implications for bowel cancer screening Jun 2014 In : Journal of Medical Screening. 21, 2, p. 95-97 3 p.

Anderson, AS; Craigie, AM; Caswell, S; Treweek, S; Stead, M; Macleod, M; Daly, F; Belch, J; Rodger, J; Kirk, A; Ludbrook, A; Rauchhaus, P; Norwood, P ; Thompson, J; Wardle, J; Steele, RJC; The impact of a bodyweight and physical activity intervention (BeWEL) initiated through a national colorectal cancer screening programme: randomised controlled trial; BMJ – British Medical Journal; 2014 March 7; 348; g1823.

Woods YL, Mukhtar S, McClements P, Lang J, Steele RJ, Carey FA.  A survey of reporting of colorectal cancer in Scotland: compliance with guidelines and effect of proforma reporting. J Clin Pathol. 2014 Feb 24. doi: 10.1136/jclinpath-2013-202060. [Epub ahead of print]

Steele, RJC; McClements, PL; Libby, G; Carey, FA; Fraser, CG;  Patterns of uptake in a biennial faecal occult blood test screening programme for colorectal cancer; Colorectal Disease; 2014 January; 16(1) 28-32.

Treweek, S; Wilkie, E; Craigie, AM; Caswell, S; Thompson, J; Steele, RJC; Stead, M; Anderson, AS;Group Author(s): BeWEL Team; Meeting the challenges of recruitment to multicentre, community-based, lifestyle-change trials: a case study of the BeWEL trial;  Trials; 2013 December; 14; 436.

Morgan, RM; Steele, RJC; Nabi, G; McCowan, C; Socioeconomic Variation and Prostate Specific Antigen Testing in the Community: A United Kingdom Based Population Study; Journal of Urology; 2013 October; 190(4) 1207-1212.

O'Carroll, RE; Steele, RJC; Libby, G; Brownlee, L; Chambers, JA; Anticipated regret to increase uptake of colorectal cancer screening in Scotland (ARTICS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial; BMC Public Health; 2013 September; 13; 849.

Anderson, AS; Caswell, S; Wells, M; Steele, RJC; Obesity and lifestyle advice in colorectal cancer survivors - how well are clinicians prepared?; Colorectal Disease; 2013 August; 15(8) 949-957

Young, JA; Waugh, L; McPhillips, G; Steele, RJC; Thompson, AM; Use of the high dependency unit, increased consultant involvement and reduction in adverse events in patients who die after colorectal cancer surgery; Colorectal Disease; 2013 July; 15(7) 824-829.

Digby, J; Fraser, CG; Carey, FA; McDonald, PJ; Strachan, JA; Diament, RH; Balsitis, M; Steele, RJC; Faecal haemoglobin concentration is related to severity of colorectal neoplasia; Journal of Clinical Pathology; 2013 May; 66(5) 415-419

Johnston, TJ; Tang, B; Alijani, A; Tait, I; Steele, RJ; Ker, J;  Nabi, G Laparoscopic Surgical Skills are Significantly Improved by the Use of a Portable Laparoscopic Simulator: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial World Journal of Surgery; 2013 May; 37(5) 957-964.

Anderson, AS; Mackison, D; Boath, C; Promoting Changes in Diet and Physical Activity in Breast and Colorectal Cancer Screening Settings: An Unexplored Opportunity for Endorsing Healthy Behaviors; Cancer Prevention Research; 2013 March; 6(3) 165-172.

von Karsa, L ; Patnick, J; Segnan, N; Atkin, W; Halloran, S; Lansdorp-Vogelaar, I; Malila, N; Minozzi, S; Moss, S; Quirke, P; Steele, RJ; European guidelines for quality assurance in colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis: Overview and introduction to the full Supplement publication; Endoscopy; 2013 January; 45(1) 51-59.

Brewster DH, Clark DI, Stockton DL, Munro AJ, Steele RJC.  Characteristics of patients dying within 30 days of diagnosis of breast or colorectal cancer in Scotland, 2003-2007.  Br J Cancer 2011; 104: 60-67

Libby G, Bray, J, Champion J, Colford L, Birrell J, Gorman D, Crighton E, Fraser C, Steele RJCPre-notification increases uptake of colorectal cancer screening in all demographic groups: a randomised controlled trial.  J Med Screening 2011; 18: 24-29

Steele RJC, McClements P, Watling C, Libby G, Weller D, Brewster DH, Black R,  Carey FA, Fraser CG Interval cancers in a FOBT-based colorectal cancer population screening programme: implications for stage, gender and tumour site.  Gut doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2011-300535

Carrera A, McClements PL, Watling C, Libby G, Weller D, Brewster DH, Carey FA, Fraser CG, Steele RJCNegative screening colonoscopy after a positive guaiac faecal occult blood test: not a contraindication to continued screening invitations.  Aug 2012 Colorectal Disease 8, 943-946 

Steele RJC, Brewster D.  Should we judge cancer screening programmes by their effect on total mortality rather on cancer specific mortality?  BMJ 2011; 343: 938-939 (d6397)

Fraser CG, Digby J, McDonald PJ, Strachan JA, Carey FA, Steele RJCExperience with a two-tier  reflex gFOBT/FIT strategy in a national bowel screening programme.  J Med Screening (in press)

McDonald PJ, Strachan JA, Digby J, Steele RJC, Fraser CGFaecal haemoglobin concentrations by gender and age: implications for population-based screening for colorectal cancer. Clin Chem Lab Med Dec 2011 5, 935-40

Steele RJC, Kostourou I, McClements P, Watling C, Libby G, Weller D, Brewster D, Black R, Carey FA, Fraser CEffect of gender, age and deprivation on key performance indicators in a FOBT based colorectal screening programme.  J Med Screening 2010; 17: 68-74

Stephens RJ, Thompson LC, Quirke P, Steele RJC, Grieve R, Couture J, Griffiths GO, Sebag-Montefiore D.  The impact of short course pre-operative radiotherapy for rectal cancer on patients’ quality of life: data from the Medical Research Council CR07/National Cancer Institute of Canada CTG CO16 randomised clinical trial.  J Clin Oncol 2010; 27: 4233-4239

Fraser CG, McDonald PJ, Colford L, Irvine A, Kenicer M, Morton C, Birrell J, Steele RJCExperience with a wipe guaiac-based FOBT as an alternative test in a bowel screening programme.  J Med Screening 2010; 17: 211-213

Steele RJC, Kostourou I, McClements P, Watling C, Libby G, Weller D, Brewster DH, Black R, Carey FA, Fraser CEffect of repeated invitations on uptake of colorectal cancer screening using faecal occult blood testing: analysis of prevalence and incidence screening. BMJ 2010; 341: c5531doi:10.1136/bmj.c5531.  Abridged print version : Br Med J 2010; 341: 977

Steele RJC. McClements PL, Libby G, Black R, Morton C, Birrell J, Mowat NAG, Wilson JA, Kenicer M, Carey FA, Fraser CG. Results from the first three rounds of the Scottish Demonstration Pilot of FOBT Screening for Colorectal Cancer.  Gut 2009; 58: 530-535

Thaha MA, Campbell KL, Kazmi SA, Irvine LA, Khalil A, Binnie NR, Hendry WS, Walker A, Staines HJ, Steele RJCProspective randomised multi-centre trial comparing clinical efficacy, safety and patient acceptability of circular stapled anopexy with closed diathermy haemorrhoidectomy.  Gut 2009; 58: 668-678

Sebag-Montefiore D, Stephens RJ, Steele R, Monson J, Grieve B, Khanna S, Quirke P, Couture J, de Metz C, Myint S, Bessell E, Griffiths G, Thompson LC, Parmar M – on behalf of the trial collaborators.  Pre-operative radiotherapy versus selective post-operative radiotherapy in patients with rectal cancer (MRC CR07 and NCIC-CTG C016): a multicentre, randomised trial.  Lancet 2009; 373: 811-820

Quirke P, Steele R, Monson J, Grieve R, Khanna S, Couture J, O’Callaghan C, Myint S, Bessell E, Thompson LC, Parmar M, Stephens RJ, Sebag-Montefiore D, on behalf of the MRC CR07/NCIC-CTG C016 trial investigators group and the NRCI colorectal cancer study group.  Effect of the plane of surgery achieved in patients with operable rectal cancer: a prospective study using data from the MRC CR07 and NCIC-CTG C016 randomised trial.  Lancet 2009; 373: 821-828

Rodger J, Steele RJCTelephone assessment increases uptake of colonoscopy in a FOBT colorectal cancer screening programme.  J Med Screening 2008; 15: 105-107

Fraser CG, Matthew CM, McKay K, Carey FA, Steele RJCAutomated immunochemical quantitation of haemoglobin in faeces collected on cards for screening for colorectal cancer.  Gut 2008; 57: 1256-1260

Fraser CG, Matthew CM, Mowat NAG, Wilson JA, Carey FA, Steele RJCEvaluation of a card collection based faecal immunochemical test in screening for colorectal cancer using a two-tier reflex approach. Gut 2007; 56: 1415-1418

Fraser CG, Matthew CM, Mowat NAG, Wilson J, Carey FA, Steele RJC.  Immunological testing of guaiac faecal occult blood test positive individuals in a colorectal cancer screening programme facilitates clinical risk stratification.  Lancet Oncology 2006; 7: 1-6

Conlin A, Smith g, Carey FA, Wolf CR, Steele RJC.  The prognostic significance of K-ras, p53 and APC mutations in colorectal carcinoma.  Gut 2005; 54: 1283-1286

Steele RJC for the UK Colorectal Cancer Screening Pilot Group.  Results of a demonstration pilot for colorectal cancer screening in the United Kingdom.  Br Med J  2004; 329: 133-135

Leslie A, Pratt NR, Gillespie K, Sales M, Kernohan NM, Smith G, Wolf R, Carey FA, Steele RJCMutations of APC, K-ras and p53 are associated with specific chromosomal aberrations in colorectal adenocarcinomas  Cancer Res 2003; 63: 4636-4661

Smith G, Carey FA, Beattie J, Wilkie MJV, Lightfoot TJ, Coxhead J, Garner RC, Steele RJC, Wolf CRMutations in APC, Kirsten-ras, and p53 – alternative genetic pathways to colorectal cancer.  Proc Natl Acad Sci 2002; 99: 9433-9438

Leslie A, Carey FA, Pratt NR, Steele RJCThe colorectal adenoma-carcinoma sequence.  Br J Surg 2002; 89: 845-860


For 10 years, Professor Steele acted as Convenor for the Gastrointestinal Course of the Dundee University Undergraduate Curriculum.  He continues to take an active interest in undergraduate teaching, delivering lectures, tutorials and ward teaching.  He is also committed to post-graduate teaching in surgery, both on a day-to-day basis and as a Tutor on surgical skills courses.  He has supervised over 20 post-graduate students, working for PhDs or MDs and he is currently supervising 3 PhD and 2 MD students.  He is also Acting Director for the Cuschieri Skills Centre providing short postgraduate courses to a number of surgical specialties.



Dukes Club, Kenilworth, 2016 The place of colorectal cancer screening in the art and science of coloproctology


National Colorectal Conference, Myanmar, Yangon 2015 An update of the treatment of rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer screening.

Pelican Cancer Foundation Meeting, Basingstoke 2015 Balancing oncological outcomes with quality of life in the treatment of early rectal cancer.

Moving forward with bowel screening in Scotland Meeting, Crosshouse Hospital, 2015 Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Screening In Scotland?

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Meeting, Perth, Australia, 2015 Screening for colorectal cancer. The RCSEd approach to Audit. The History and Heritage of the RCSEd. Quality assurance in Surgery.

National Intelligence Network Cancer Outcomes Conference, Belfast, 2015 The use of routine data in the monitoring and evaluation of bowel screening.

Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland Meeting at the Digestive Disease Federation (DDF) Meeting, London 2015. What does a positive FOBT mean?

Joint meeting of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Hong Kong 2015 The pros and cons of local treatment for early rectal cancer.

World Endoscopy Association Meeting, Barcelona, Spain 2015 The association between faecal occult blood and all-cause mortality

Scottish Cancer Conference, Edinburgh 2015 The role of surgery in cancer


VII Colorectal Symposium, Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, Glasgow 2014 The Interval Cancer Bad disease, bad test or bad luck?

Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Meeting, Harrogate 2014 Colorectal Cancer Screening – Benefit or Harm?

Tripartite Coloproctology Meeting, Birmingham 2014 The Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Screening.

Joint meeting of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Hong Kong 2014 APER – quality of life versus local control of cancer.  Colorectal Cancer Screening – Current Status.

Edinburgh International Coloproctology Festival, Edinburgh 2014 Treating the rectal adenoma.

East-West Colorectal Days, Hajduszoboszlo, Hungary, 2014 Screening for early rectal cancer and pre-cancer.  Endoscopic treatment of rectal neoplasia.

World Endoscopy Organization Colorectal Cancer Screening Meeting, Vienna, Austria, 2014 Quantitative FIT levels as triage for colonoscopy.

Association of Coloproctology Chapter Meeting, Belfast 2014 Bowel Cancer Screening – An up to date view. What’s new in the treatment of early rectal cancer?

European Society of Surgical Oncology Meeting, Liverpool 2014 Is colorectal screening effective?

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening – Southern Programme Annual Conference, Guildford 2014 Bowel Cancer Screening in Scotland – Future prospects.

UICC World Cancer Congress, Melbourne 2014 Colorectal Cancer Screening – Setting it up and making it work. Should we offer cancer prevention interventions in colorectal cancer screening settings?


20th Uppsala Colorectal Day, Uppsala, Sweden, 2013 What are the gains with screening for colorectal cancer?

4th Scandinavian TEM and Early Rectal Cancer Conference (STERC), Bergen, Norway, 2013 The need for biological prognostic markers to inform organ preserving strategies Colorectal cancer screening – impact on organ preserving treatment strategies

Scottish Pathology Network (SPAN) Meeting, Dundee, 2013 The Bowel Screening Programme - Update on progress and future developments

Scottish Society of Gastroenterology (SSG) Meeting, Stirling, 2013 The Colorectal Programme for Detect Cancer Early

Asia Pacific Working Group on Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines Conference, Hong Kong 2013 Experience of CRC screening in Europe and US

Association of Coloproctology Meeting, Liverpool 2013 Colorectal cancer screening

Cancer disaster – expert panel presentation

Joint Symposium of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong, Hong Kong , China 2013 Intestinal Stenting Diverticulitis

Taiwan Digestive Disease Week, Taipei 2013 Colorectal cancer screening in the UK

World Endoscopy Organisation Colorectal Cancer Screening Symposium, Berlin, 2013 How to increase uptake of colorectal cancer screening

The Sydney Watson Smith Lecture, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 2013 Lessons learned from the national bowel screening programme

8th International Surgical Update, Muscat, Oman, 2013 Screening for colorectal cancer.  The role of radical surgery for rectal and colon cancer

Sir Alan Parks Visiting Professorship, 11th Annual International Congress-Frontiers in Intestinal and Colorectal Disease,  St Mark’s Hospital, London 2013 How should we screen for colorectal cancer?

The Sir Alan Parks Lecture – Radical Surgery for Colorectal Cancer: does everyone need it?


Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Meeting, Liverpool 2012 The Sir Robert Shields Lecture: Optimising outcomes from colorectal cancer surgery

The Nordic Gastroenterology Meeting, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2012 Colorectal cancer screening

Bowel Cancer UK Study Day, Stirling, 2012 Update on bowel screening

Detect Cancer Early Symposium, Glasgow 2012 The colorectal programme

Joint Symposium of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong, Hong Kong , China 2012 The prevention and management of anastomotic dehiscence

Scottish Cancer Prevention Network Meeting, Edinburgh 2012 Issues and visions in colorectal cancer


British Society of Gastroenterology Meeting, Birmingham, 2011 Screening Research and Evaluation in Scotland

NCRI Colorectal Cancer Trials Meeting, London, 2011 How to carry out research within the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

OMED Colorectal Cancer Screening Meeting, DDW, Chicago, USA 2011 Characteristics of interval cancers in the Scottish Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme

STERC (Scandinavian TEMS and early rectal cancer) Conference, Bergen, Norway 2011 The Gerhard Buess Memorial Lecture “Gerhard Buess, Surgical Innovator and Teacher”

British Society of Gastroenterology Meeting, Edinburgh 2011 Colorectal cancer screening: success at a cost?

United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW), Stockholm, Sweden, 2010 Post-diagnosis usage in colorectal cancer is associated with improved all-cause and disease-specific mortality CRC Screening using Faecal Occult Blood Testing is Less Sensitive in Females than in Males

2011 NCRI Cancer Conference, Liverpool 2011 Hosting Symposium on Cancer Screening and Prevention


University of Dundee College of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing Research Symposium, Dundee 2010 Translating research into effective treatment for colorectal cancer

UK Bowel Screening Centres Annual Meeting (“Hub Club”), Cardiff 2010 Overall view of research and development in the UK

The Vth Glasgow Coloproctology Symposium, Glasgow 2010 Must every polyp be removed, or can the colonoscopist contemplate his/her navel?

Discussion Group on Colorectal Cancer Screening organised by the Portuguese Health Department and the Portugese Gastrointestinal Cancer Association (Associção de Luta Contra o Cancro do Intestino), Lisbon 2010 Implementation of colorectal cancer screening.  Presentation of a successful experience.

European Multidisciplinary Colorectal Cancer Congress, Nice, France 2010 Interval cancers in population screening for colorectal cancer.

Scottish Bowel Screening Parliamentary Event, Holyrood, Edinburgh 2010 The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme

North of England Surgical Society Meeting, Newcastle 2010 The role of simulation in surgical training

Scottish Society for Experimental Medicine Meeting, Dundee 2010 Keynote lecture: Colorectal Cancer Screening – Where are we now?

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Meeting with the Speciality Association Presidents, Edinburgh 2010 Do we need a simulation curriculum for surgical training?

Pathological Society Meeting, St Andrews 2010 Keynote Lecture – Colorectal cancer screening – from pilot to programme.

Edinburgh International Coloprocotology Festival, Edinburgh 2010 Early detection – how should we screen?

Conjoint Scientific Congress of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Hong Kong, 2010 Colorectal Cancer Screening – an update & Adjuvant Radiotherapy for Rectal Cancer – Where are we now?

Meeting of the International Surgical Group, Lousiville, Kentucky, USA, 2010 Adjuvant Radiotherapy for Rectal Cancer

United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW) Cochrane Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, 2010 Evidence Based Colorectal Cancer Screening


7th Colorectal Day, Aarhus University Hospital – Aarhus, Denmark, 2009 Molecular Biology of Colorectal Cancer – Opportunities and Pitfalls

National Trials Meeting, Colorectal Clinical Studies Group, National Cancer Research Institute, London, 2009 Research based on the national colorectal cancer screening programmes

Visit to the Centre for Cancer Screening and Prevention Research, National Cancer Centre, Tokyo, Japan, 2009 Setting up a national colorectal cancer screening programme in the United Kingdom

10th Colorectal Surgery Symposium and Workshop, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden 2009 Indications for elective surgery in Diverticular Disease, Impact of screening on rectal cancer surgery

OMED Colorectal Cancer Screening Meeting, DDW, Chicago, USA 2009 Age and other influences on screening KPIs in Scotland

International Surgical Group Meeting, Adelaide, Australia, 2009 Colorectal Cancer Screening in Scotland

Meeting with Specialty Association Presidents at RCSEd, Edinburgh, 2009 Surgical Education – Governance and Control

2009 NCRI Cancer Conference, Birmingham 2009 Hosting symposium on Colorectal cancer: optimising screening and prevention

Gastro 2009, London 2009 Perineal Crohn’s Disease Needs a Surgeon

House of Commons, Westminster, London, 2009 Colorectal cancer screening in the UK


7th International Surgical Update, Muscat, Oman 2008 Modern Surgical Treatment of Rectal  Cancer,  Molecular Biology of Colorectal Cancer

CSO Conference on Service Improvement Research, Edinburgh, 2008 The Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme

NCRI National Colorectal Trials Meeting, London, 2008 Update on Screening and Prevention Programme

Bowel Screening Today: A UK Perspective.  Meeting organised by the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme, Edinburgh 2008 Meeting Convenor, Results of the first 3 rounds and roll-out in the UK, What to do with screen-detected cancers

Colorectal Cancer Screening Meeting Organised by the Norwegian Directorate of Health, Oslo 2008 Evidence from an established screening programme based on FOBT

Scottish Managed Clinical Networks for Colorectal Cancer Meeting, Edinburgh 2008 2008 QIS Standards

Colorectal Surgery Symposium and Workshop at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm 2008 Effective screening for colorectal cancer (Bo F Holmström Lecturer) Management of recto-vaginal fistulae

Scottish Cancer Foundation Meeting on Cancer Prevention, Edinburgh 2008 The patient journey and how to avoid it.

Screening and Management of Colorectal Cancer in Europe.  Meeting Organised by ICDA (International Digestive Cancer Alliance), Prague 2008 Colorectal Screening in the United Kingdom

UICC World Cancer Congress 2008, Geneva 2008 Cancer screening – an opportunity for prevention?

Joint Scientific Meeting of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Hong Kong 2008 Keynote Lecture – Colorectal Cancer Screening

2008 NCRI Cancer Conference, Birmingham 2008 Hosting Symposium on Screening and estimation of prognosis

Moving forward to Colorectal Cancer Screening in Spain, Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2008 How to improve participation and adherence in a colorectal cancer screening programme

Colorectal Cancer Congress, St Gallen, Switzerland, 2008 Operative strategy for colon cancer with special emphasis on anatomy, vascularisation and lymphatic spread


Overseas Meeting of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Pisa, Italy, 2007 Minimal Access Surgery for Rectal Cancer

European Conference on Colon Cancer Prevention, Brussels 2007 Increasing uptake of colon cancer screening by invitation schemes.

Insubria International summer School, Varese, Italy, 2007 Screening programmes for colorectal cancer, Open resection for colon cancer Chairing Expert Panel on the Treatment of Colon Cancer

West Of Scotland Managed Clinical Network Education Meeting, East Kilbride, 2007 Bowel Cancer Screening – Impact on service and patient outcomes

Colorectal Symposium, Linkoping, Sweden, 2007 What the Surgeon needs to know from the Pathologist

Colorectal Cancer Congress, St Gallen, Switzerland, 2007 Effective Screening for Rectal Cancer

Oncology Medical Update Symposium, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 2007 Colorectal Cancer Screening