Prof Julia Newton Bishop has been awarded the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society for Melanoma Research for her major and impactful contributions to melanoma research worldwide.
Julia is Professor of Dermatology and head of the Melanoma Group in the Section of Epidemiology & Biostatistics based at St Jamess Hospital. The award was presented at the 14th International Congress of the Society for Melanoma Research held in Brisbane, Australia.
As well as heading the melanoma research group in Leeds, Julia also instigated and has chaired the longstanding and successful international GenoMEL (www.genomel.org) melanoma research consortium since 1997. She is also Scientific Coordinator and chair of the MELGEN ETN consortium (www.melgen.org), a Horizon 2020 funded Marie Skłodowska Curie Action Early Training Network. The Network is training 17 PhD students across 7 centres in Europe (including 4 based in Leeds) in melanoma-based research projects.
Julia has also played a key role in developing the clinical care guidelines for the UK chairing the National Cancer Intelligence Network Skin Cancer Group tasked with developing robust, standardised clinical data collection protocols to improve quality of care for melanoma patients.
Julia is pictured being presented with her award by Dr Keith Flaherty, President of the Society for Melanoma Research.