Geoff is a Past-President of the British Neuro-oncology Society and past Honorary Treasurer and Executive Board Member of the European Association of Neuro-oncology.  He also holds membership of the British Neuroscience Association, the British Neuropathological Society (formally a committee member and Programme Secretary), the Society of Neuro-oncology, and the European Association for Cancer Research.

Geoff has spent his entire career in brain tumour research, having started work on chemical neuro-carcinogenesis where he studied brain cancer stem cells and brain tumour development at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in the early 1970s and subsequently spent 23 years at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, latterly as Professor of Experimental Neuro-oncology and as Honorary Professor in Neurosurgery, KCH.

In 2003 he moved to the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, as Professor of Cellular & Molecular Neuro-oncology, Director of Research for Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences and Head of the Brain Tumour Research Centre, University of Portsmouth. He has published innumerable papers on various aspects of neuro-oncology and has supervised over 40 PhD students as well as having examined more than 40 more PhD students from throughout the UK as well as internationally. 

Over the years the research focus of his group has been development of models for the study of brain tumours, elucidation of the mechanisms underlying diffuse local invasive behaviour in glioma, testing new and re-purposed drugs for treatment of brain tumours, delivery systems for passage of agents across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and development of novel strategies for the use of mitochondrial pathways in treating  glioma. His lab is “All-Human” and he champions the use of human in vitro pre-clinical modelling as well as employing re-purposed and re-formulated drugs in brain tumour treatment. He recently ‘officially’ retired but continues to lead a number of research projects as well as act in a consultant capacity on neuro-oncology to a variety of international bodies.

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Eight years into his Neuro-oncology career his mother was diagnosed with a malignant glioma and was treated in the hospital in London where he was then working; sadly, she only survived 16 months after diagnosis. He has been an ardent advocate of the many brain tumour charities, having been instrumental in the initiation and development of a number of them. He is also a regular attendee at the 3-monthly Brain Tumour All Party Parliamentary Group meetings at Westminster. He has also acted as an advisor on brain tumours for various TV and Radio documentaries and soap operas such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale. If you think you might have spotted him on TV or heard his voice on the Radio recently, it may have been on an episode of BBC2 TVs Eggheads programme or on the Jeremy Vine Radio 2 programme!

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