Chair in Surgical & Nutritional Oncology
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
Professor Steven D Heys is Head of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition and an honorary consultant surgeon in the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian (special interest in the treatment of breast cancer). He graduated in 1981 and obtained an MD and PhD at the Rowett Research Institute, investigating aspects of nutrition and metabolism, particularly focussing on malignant disease.
His own interests include the role of nutrition in carcinogenesis, and mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance in breast cancer and delivery of healthcare to patients with malignant disease. This has resulted in the publications of more than 200 peer-reviewed original articles and review papers in these areas. Current research programmes include collaborations both nationally and internationally.
Current research programmes include collaborations both nationally and internationally in these areas.
Grant funding has been received from a variety of sources including CRUK, Breast Cancer Campaign, Chief Scientist's Office, Prostate Cancer Campaign, HTA Programme, European Union, and a variety of industrial and pharmaceutical collaborations. He has a particular interest in helping local fundraising for research and public engagement about research in cancer and nutrition.
Currently he is Head of the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. Previously, he was course director of the new Physician Assistant training programme. Prior to that and for the last 15 years he had led on assessment and then the delivery of undergraduate medical education for a part of the medical curriculum. He is an external examiner at universities in the UK and for the last 12 years he has been a member and team leader for GMC teams involved in the Quality Assurance of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical training.
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External responsibilities have been with the GMC, Breast Cancer Campaign Scientific Advisory Board, Research Allocation Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He has provided specialist advice to UICC, is a referee for national and international journals and grant-awarding charities and is sub-editor of the World Journal of Surgical Oncology.
Head, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
University Court member (Senate Assessor)
University Senate member
Operating Board member, University of Aberdeen