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Dr Lennard YW Lee

Associate Professor (University of Oxford), Medical Oncologist (NHS), National Clinical Advisor (Office for Life Sciences)
University of Oxford

Lennard is an innovative and up-and-coming physician who has made significant contributions to the field of cancer research. H has received numerous awards for his efforts, including the National ACP McElwain Prize for his work during the pandemic to support cancer patients, and the IAP’s 21 Outstanding Young Physicians award, given to individuals under the age of 40 who have made outstanding contributions to the field.

Lennard’s expertise lies in delivering national studies and trials that push the boundaries of what is possible, and breaking the mould with pre-pandemic business-as-usual processes. He has a strong track record of academic achievements, with over 50 publications in the highest impact journals, including the Lancet and JAMA.

One of Lennard’s most notable achievements was his role in the UK COVID Cancer Program, which safeguarded cancer patients during the pandemic and provided an example of safe cancer care. He also delivered the UK Lateral Flow Moonshot Program, the NHS-Gallery Study, and the Forgotten500K Campaign. All of these programs were highly collaborative, and Lennard is known for his ability to form bridges and break down silos to help quicker results.

His work and research have been covered by the BBC, ITV, Daily Mail, Tortoise Media, and international news outlets. His focus is in cancer research, on population-scale data and hyper-accelerated trials. These trials are a new phenomenon that have arisen out of pandemic efforts and are characterised by speed of opening and efficiencies in delivery, shortening the time for research intact. Oxford has pioneered many of these research programs, and Lennard’s PhD at Oxford University, at the Wellcome Centre of Genomics, has given him an excellent understanding of new technologies based around genomics, sequencing, and genomic engineering.

He is an excellent communicator, and is eager in forming bridges to academics, patients, and stakeholders to communicate science and research, as demonstrated in his role in IndieSAGE. He is passionate about driving change to achieve much faster impact to cancer patients through his hyper-accelerated trials and enable new technology and treatments to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.

Lennard’s innovative approach and dedication to cancer research have led to significant advancements in the field and have helped to improve and re-define cancer care. He is passionate and dedicated to their work, using his experience as part of the pandemic response to drive innovation and deliver real results for cancer patients.

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