Professor Alison Gartland
Chair of Trustees
I am a Professor of Bone and Cancer Biology at The University of Sheffield, and have been involved in primary bone cancer research for nearly 20 years. I have witnessed the Bone Cancer Research Trust grow from a relatively unheard charity to the UK’s leading charity that it is today. I have also been involved with the Bone Cancer Research Trust activities for the past 5 years or so. In this time, I have become steadily more involved with the charity supporting awareness events from giving lab tours, to presenting at the patient conferences to attending Rock festivals! Whilst I am passionate about raising awareness of primary bone cancer wherever and whenever I can, I believe that I have a lot more skills and experiences that I can offer to the charity to help deliver the existing strategic upon objectives, as well as shaping the strategic direction for the future.
In addition to my role as a research lab head, my current position involves the education of Medical Students at The University of Sheffield. Knowledge of the current curriculum and teaching priorities for the doctors of the future is something that I can also bring to the role of Trustee, and which will help to inform strategic objectives in raising awareness of primary bone cancer amongst medical students and the doctors of the future. On a personal level, from the projects I have been involved with, the patients I have met along the way and more recently experiencing the diagnosis and treatment of a very close family friend, I feel that I have a heightened understanding of what it means to live with bone cancer for patients and their families. Over the years of being involved with the Bone Cancer Research Trust I have come to know the staff, supporters and patients – and I feel I have a connection with them that really just makes me want to give more back to this amazing charity! I feel that in being Chair of Trustees I can do just that and hopefully make a real difference to those living with and beyond primary bone cancer.