Karen Vousden appointed chief scientist

We are delighted to announce that Professor Karen Vousden has been appointed Cancer Research UK's new chief scientist, succeeding Professor Nic Jones. As chief scientist, she will be responsible for overseeing CRUK's scientific research, with a particular focus on the importance of fundamental science in developing new cancer treatments. See CRUK press release here.

Sadly, however, this means Karen will be stepping down from her role as director of the Beatson Institute, a post she has held since 2003. She will also be moving her research group to the Francis Crick Institute early next year. Meanwhile, until a new director is appointed, our current deputy director, Professor Owen Sansom will be leading the Institute.

During the past 13 years, Karen has overseen a considerable expansion of the Institute, including the move to a new, state-of-the-art building in 2008. This has enabled a number of excellent research groups focused on key aspects of cancer biology to be established here and allowed the Institute to become an internationally renowned research centre of the highest quality. Karen has also continued to run a world-leading research programme studying the tumour suppressor gene p53 and been instrumental in the establishment of the CRUK Glasgow Centre, encompassing different aspects of cancer research across the city.

Karen will be much missed by everyone here but we wish her every success in her new role and look forward to continuing interactions with her.



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