Professor Sir Norman Williams, MB MS FRCS FMedSci

President of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) between 2011 and 2014, and a founding trustee of Bowel & Cancer Research, Norman Williams has dedicated his professional career to finding alternatives for permanent stomas for patients who require bowel surgery.

Among other offices, he has been Chair of the UKCCCR committee on Colorectal Cancer, President of European Digestive Surgery, Vice Chairman of The British Journal of Surgery and President of The International Surgical Group and President of the Society of Academic and Research Surgeons.

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Professor Charles Knowles MBBChir, PhD, FRCS, FRCS (Gen Surg)

Charles Knowles is Clinical Professor of Surgical Research. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Research lead of the Neurogastroenterology Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology, and Chair of the GI neuromuscular pathology international working group.



Professor Andrew Silver, BSc (Hons), Ph.D.

Andrew Silver is Professor of Cancer Genetics. He leads the Colorectal Cancer Genetics Group at Queen Mary where he came after heading up the Bobby Moore Laboratory for Cancer Research UK at St Mark’s Hospital.

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Professor Gareth J Sanger, B.Sc (Honours), Ph.D., D.Sc., FBPharmacolS

Gareth Sanger is Professor of Neuropharmacology. An acknowledged world leader, he has experience in all phases of drug discovery.

Principal Investigator

Professor Laurence Ashley Blackshaw B.Sc. Hons, PhD

Ashley is Professor of Enteric Neuroscience.  He set up a new   laboratory in Adelaide in 1991 and has grown this into a world leading facility over the last 20 years.