Gail Distefano, Principal Clinical Scientist at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RSCH), has been awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to study at the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey.
She will be researching a new method to treat lung cancer with radiotherapy which has received backing from the National Institute of Healthcare Research (NIHR).
Gail’s PhD project will see her use new technology developed at CVSSP to image the surface of the patient’s chest combined with her expertise in x-ray CT images to design a new method for planning the delivery of highly targeted doses to lung tumours.
Alongside this fellowship, Ms Distefano is one of only four people to receive a Chief Scientific Officer’s Women in Science and Engineering Fellowship earlier in the year. This is a 12-month programme during which she will be mentored by senior leaders in healthcare, industry and academia.
Gail Distefano said of her upcoming PhD project: “This is a fantastic opportunity. I am thrilled to be joining the team at CVSSP and embarking on this research project with the ultimate aim of improving radiotherapy for lung cancer and increasing the number of eligible patients.”