Imperial College London

Prestigious Hunterian Professorship Awarded for Pioneering Cancer Research


Adam Frampton at the award ceremony

L-R:Chris Johnston (Hunterian Professor 2017), Prof Rowan Parks (ASGBI President), Prof Timothy Rockall (RCS Council Member) & Adam Frampton

Mr Adam Frampton has been awarded the Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons for his work on microRNAs in pancreatic cancer.

Adam is a ST7 General and HPB surgical registrar, and gained his FRCS (General Surgery) this year. He completed his PhD at Imperial College in 2014 under the supervision of Professor Long R Jiao, Professor Justin Stebbing and Dr Leandro Castellano. Since then Adam has continued his translational research in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at the Hammersmith Hospital campus.

His Hunterian lecture titled "microRNAs as biomarkers for detecting and stratifying Pancreatic Cancer" was delivered at the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) annual congress in Liverpool on 10th May 2018. The award was presented to Adam by Professor Timothy Rockall (Professor of Colorectal Surgery and Council Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England).

On receiving the award Adam commented:

“I am very honored to have been awarded the prestigious Hunterian Professorship, and am extremely grateful to everyone in the Deptment of Surgery and Cancer that has supported me.”

History of the Professorship

The Hunterian Professorship is named after the pioneering surgeon scientist John Hunter, and has been awarded annually by the Royal College of Surgeons of England since the 1800s. Hunterian Professors are invited to give the annual Hunterian Lecture on their field of specialism and chosen research.

Previous recipients of the Hunterian Professorship reads like a “veritable catalogue of British surgery” and includes such names as Sir William Blizard, John Percival Pott, Sir James Paget, Thomas Spencer Wells, Lord Moynihan, George Grey Turner, and Lord Ara Darzi.


Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson
Department of Surgery & Cancer

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