Professor Anne Kiltie

Professor Anne Kiltie
Professor Anne Kiltie
Professor Anne Kiltie


Friends of ANCHOR Clinical Chair in Oncology



I qualified in medicine from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and trained in Clinical Oncology at the Christie Hospital, Manchester, and Cookridge Hospital, Leeds. I undertook my DM at the Paterson Institute, University of Manchester and was a Clinical Research Fellow at ICRF Clare Hall before taking up a Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant Clinical Oncologist appointment at the University of Leeds in 2001. I moved to the Department of Oncology, University of Oxford in 2009, and obtained my DSc and personal chair in 2016.

I took up my appointment as Friends of ANCHOR Clinical Chair of Oncology at the University of Aberdeen in June 2021.

My research focusses on exploiting dietary fibre manipulation and its effects on the gut microbiome as an ‘endogenous’ means of radiosensitising tumours without increasing radiation toxicity to the surrounding normal tissues including the intestines.



  • DSc Medical Sciences 
    2016 - University of Oxford 
  • DM Medical Sciences 
    1999 - University of Oxford 
  • BM BCh Medicine 
    1988 - University of Oxford 
  • BA Medical Sciences 
    1985 - University of Cambridge 
  • MRCP(UK) General Medicine 
    1992 - Royal College of Physicians of England 
  • FRCR Clinical Oncology 
    1995 - Royal College of Radiologists 
  • MA Medicine 
    1989 - University of Cambridge 
  • MA Medicine 
    1999 - University of Oxford 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Jul 2021 - present      Member of the Rowett Institute Ethics Panel

Oct 2021 - present     Member of Friends of ANCHOR Research Advisory Group

External Memberships

Apr 2024 - present    Chair, Scottish Radiation Research Forum (ScoRRF)

Jun 2023 - present    Member of RAIDER TrialTranslational Working Group 

Jan 2022 - present    Member of Scientific Review Group BCAN Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award 2022

Jan 2022 - present    Member of Scottish Radiotherapy Research Forum Committee

Oct 2018 - present     Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) Bladder Cancer Research Network Management Committee

Dec 2017 - present    Member of Editorial Board of European Urology Oncology

Oct 2016 - present     Associate Editor of Bladder Cancer

2014 - present            Grant reviewer for Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC)

Sept 2012 - present   British Uro-oncology Group Executive Committee Trustee

Jan 2012 - present     Royal College of Radiologists representative on Advisory Appointments Committees


Research Overview

Tumours in the pelvis, including bladder, prostate and colorectal cancer and gynaecological cancers may be treated by surgical removal or organ-preserving radiotherapy-based treatments. Current organ-preservation standard of care for most tumour sites includes addition of radiosensitising chemotherapy to improve tumour control. However, this often comes at the expense of increased radiotherapy-induced side effects to the surrounding normal tissues, including the intestines. Furthermore, such combined treatments are often not tolerated by elderly patients. With the proportion of over 75-year olds set to double by 2050, there is an urgent need to find alternative approaches to radiosensitisation.

Having worked on histone deacetylase inhibitors, which we showed to be effective tumour radiosensitisers without additional acute and late small intestinal toxicity in in vivo models, we are now working to exploit dietary fibre manipulation and the gut microbiome as an ‘endogenous’ means of radiosensitising tumours without increasing radiation toxicity to the surrounding normal tissues including the intestines.

Research Areas

Applied Health Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

Nutrition and Health

Research Specialisms

  • Medicine
  • Food Science
  • Bacteriology
  • Oncology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.




Teaching Responsibilities

ME3013 MBChB SSC2: supervisor

BM4501 BSc Honours project: supervisor

RN5504 Nutrition and Health through the Life Stages: lecture

RN5505 Clinical Nutrition: lecture and seminar

RN5503 Clinical Nutrition for Disease Prevention: lecture

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

I am a Regent for the MB ChB Regent Scheme.


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