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Mr. McIntosh’s research is focused on breast cancer, and he works closely with Dr. Kienan Savage in the DNA Damage Repair Group.

  • improved understanding of the development of breast cancer in high-risk women, enabling improvement of their clinical management.

  • developing biomarkers for better selection of primary systemic treatments for breast cancer and facilitating personalisation of surgical approaches.

The group’s research programme encompasses laboratory research and translational studies, and extends to clinical trials, enabling translation of scientific findings into clinical practice.

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Mr McIntosh is open to PhD applications in the fields of:

  • improved understanding of tumour initiating events in BRCA mutation carriers

  • investigation and management of breast cancer risk

  • development of treatment biomarkers in the pre-surgical setting

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  • Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Specialty Lead for Breast Cancer - responsible for the
    support and development of clinical trial activity in breast surgery at a national level.

  • Expert Medical Advisor - BRCALink NI (NI support group for women at high genetic risk
    of breast cancer).



Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biological Sciences

Institute for Health Sciences

Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology

Breast Cancer Focus Group


Research students

PhD Title: A population-based study of contralateral breast cancers - opportunities for personalized surgery

Name: Colin McIlmunn
Years of Study: 3
Country: UK


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