Medical Advisors

The Neuro Foundation works closely with a group of health professionals who represent the key specialties involved in Neurofibromatosis care. The main roles of the advisors are to:

  • Provide medical knowledge and training for our own Specialist Advisors and office staff.
  • To help develop and update our factsheets.
  • To assess requests from researchers who want to recruit people from our membership to their studies.
  • To provide a medical and scientific perspective on The Neuro Foundation’s development.

Our Medical Advisors:

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans

Professor Evans has established a national and international reputation in clinical and research aspects of cancer genetics, particularly in neurofibromatosis and breast cancer. He has developed a clinical service for cancer genetics in the North West Region of England, which is nationally regarded. He is an important opinion leader nationally through membership of committees and was chairman of the NICE Familial Breast Cancer Guideline Development Group (2002-2010) and is now clinical lead (2011-). He lectures throughout the UK and internationally on hereditary breast cancer and cancer syndromes. He has given plenary lectures at many international meetings including the International Congress of Human Genetics and two invited lecture tours across Australia. He has developed a national training program for clinicians, nurses and genetic counsellors in breast cancer genetics and established a system for risk assessment and counselling for breast cancer in Calman breast units implemented through a training course (1998-2011). He has published 529 peer reviewed research publications; 198 as first or senior author. He has published over 80 reviews and chapters and has had a book published by Oxford University Press on familial cancer. He has an ISI web of knowledge H-index of 72 having only published his first article in 1990. In the last 5 years he has raised over £10 million in grants for multicentre and local studies - approximately £5 million to Manchester. He is Chief Investigator on a 1.59 million NIHR program grant (2009-2014) on breast cancer risk prediction and also has an NIHR RfPB grant as CI (2011). He has led a successful bid for a nationally funded NF2 service (7.5 million p.a.) that started in 2010 and is involved in the national complex NF1 service.
Professor Rosalie Ferner

Professor Rosalie Ferner

Consultant and Professor of Neurology at Guys and St Thomas's Hospital and Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of The Neuro Foundation. Professor Ferner has been national lead for the nationally commissioned NF1 service since 2009, and lead for the London NF2 service since 2010. The aim of the national neurofibromatosis services is to give expert, multi-disciplinary, holistic care to people with complex, multi-system disease. Her specialist clinical work is in tumour suppressor conditions – NF 1 and 2, Schwannomatosis and von Hippel Lindau disease.
Dr Sue Huson

Dr Sue Huson

Consultant Clinical Geneticist, based at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester. She now specialises completely in the diagnosis and management of the different forms of neurofibromatosis. She is clinical lead for the North of England nationally commissioned Complex NF1 service and works alongside Professor Gareth Evans who leads the Northern NF2 service.
Professor Meena Upadhyaya

Professor Meena Upadhyaya

Professor of Medical Genetics at Cardiff University. She obtained her PhD from Cardiff University and gained Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathology (FRCPath), London. Prof Upadhyaya has made substantial contributions to the understanding of molecular basis of a number of genetic conditions including NF1, Fascioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD), Legius syndrome, Charcot Marie Tooth disease, Sotos syndrome, Hunters syndrome, plus several others.She has researched NF1 for the past 25 years and has contributed to the mapping and cloning of the NF1 gene. She has been on the Steering Committee of NF1 mutation analysis. Meena Upadhyaya's research has focused on Cancer Genetics of NF1, which is beginning to generate potential therapeutic targets. She is on many research and management committees and has chaired both national and international meetings, as well as supervising numerous post-graduate students for their MD or PhD degrees. She has also published over 160 papers in reputable journals, written 25 book chapters and edited three books.
Jeremy Fairbank

Jeremy Fairbank

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Oxford
Oliver Hanemann

Oliver Hanemann

Consultant and Professor of Neurology, Plymouth
Ian Simmons

Ian Simmons

Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Leeds
Nick Thomas

Nick Thomas

Consultant Neurosurgeon, King’s College London
Dr Alastair Santhouse FRCP, FRCPsych

Dr Alastair Santhouse FRCP, FRCPsych

Dr Alastair Santhouse is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychological Medicine, at The South London & Maudsley. His special interest is in general hospital psychiatry, and he has worked in the Guy’s Hospital NF service for 10 years, in the multidisciplinary clinic.
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