Clinical researcher accepted onto NIHR leadership course

29 February 2016

Consultant Clinical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden and Clinical Scientist at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), Dr Irene Chong, has been accepted onto the competitive National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) leadership programme. 

The programme allows clinical researchers to step away from their day-to-day work and take time to invest and develop their leadership skills. Dr Chong will be starting the 12-month course in June 2016.

"I feel very supported by the The Royal Marsden, ICR and the BRC in my work and career development. The leadership skills I will develop on the NIHR leadership course will not only benefit my own research and work, but also the strategic priorities of the NIHR cancer BRC," said Dr Chong, whose research is backed by the NIHR cancer BRC at The Royal Marsden and ICR.

Dr Chong specialises in the treatment of upper and lower gastrointestinal malignancies. In her research she identified genetic changes present in oesophageal cancers that could be targeted with new therapies.

"I have received valuable mentorship to deal with the challenges of a clinical academic career. It's time for me to give back by supporting the next generation of researchers, and this course will help me to do that," she added.