Meet the trustees of Peaches Womb Cancer Trust
Research is our bag
Professor Emma Crosbie
Professor Crosbie is Professor of Gynaecological Oncology at the University of Manchester and gynaecological surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital. Her clinical practice focuses on the fertility-sparing management of endometrial cancer and its precursor lesion, atypical hyperplasia. Her research into the prevention and early detection of womb cancer was recognised through a prestigious National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Scientist Fellowship award in 2013 and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists William Blair Bell Memorial Lectureship in 2017. She led the James Lind Womb Cancer Alliance Priority Setting Partnership that identified the top ten most important unanswered research questions in womb cancer, according to patients, carers and healthcare professionals. She is Chair of the Endometrial Subgroup of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Gynaecology Group, a member of the NCRI Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis (SPED) committee, and Early Detection Lead for the Manchester NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. Her Team Womb won the NCRI Cancer Research Excellence in Surgical Trials (CREST) award in 2019 for outstanding recruitment to surgical trials.
Professor Crosbie is a busy mum of three who leads a diverse team of enthusiastic scientists and doctors who strive to carry out high quality research that improves the care of women affected by womb cancer. #wombwarriors.
Dr Chloe Barr
Dr Barr is a Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Manchester investigating novel diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for gynaecological malignancy. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Liverpool with MBChB honours and commenced the Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist training programme in 2013. In 2018, she joined the clinical research team at St. Mary’s Hospital Manchester, where, in addition to her research, she works clinically looking after and treating women with gynaecological cancers.
She works for Professor Crosbie treating and monitoring women with womb cancer who are unable to undergo surgical treatment, either due to fertility reasons or other medical issues. Her experience as a clinician and researcher has made her passionate about improving services for women with womb cancer, including early detection, prevention and personalised treatment. This inspired her to be a part of the founding team of Peaches Womb Cancer Trust, a charity dedicated to raising awareness about womb cancer and funding ground breaking womb cancer research.
Dr Helen Clarke
Dr Clarke studied medicine at Keele University following completion of an undergraduate BSc in Biomedical Science at De Montfort University, Leicester in 2007. She commenced her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2014 within the Mersey region. In 2016 she was awarded an £18,000 entry level research scholarship from the Wellbeing of Women for research based at University of Liverpool. In 2019 she commenced her PhD at the University of Manchester with Professor Crosbie and Dr Sacha Howell (Christie Hospital, Manchester) developing a clinical trial for cancer prevention in both endometrial and breast cancer, using dietary interventions.
Dr Eleanor Jones
Dr Jones is a Clinical Research Fellow in Gynaecological Oncology, currently carrying out a PhD into the early diagnosis of endometrial cancer. She undertook her medical training at the University of St Andrews and then the University of Manchester. She started specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2015 and her long-term aim is to have a career as a Gynaecological Oncologist.
Her main research focus is the DETECT Study, a large multicentre study which is testing a new, less-invasive diagnostic test for endometrial cancer detection.
Anne is a Macmillan Gynaecology Clinical Nurse Specialist at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester. Anne qualified as a nurse and graduated from the University of Northumbria with BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies in 1997. She has worked within the speciality of gynaecology for most of her career in a variety of roles before becoming a nurse specialist in 2007. This nurse specialist role allows Anne to support women and their families who are affected by gynaecological cancers.
Anne has always had an interest in womb cancer. She completed her MSc in Nursing Studies in 2019 with distinction and focused the modules of this degree towards learning more about the experiences of women with womb cancer and how best to support them. She has also been involved in health promotion events to raise the profile of womb cancer and is very aware through this work that a national charity like Peaches Womb Cancer Trust has a big part to play in improving the outcomes for women with this disease.
Dr Helena O’Flynn
Dr O’Flynn is a General Practitioner working in Manchester following the completion of an Academic Clinical Fellowship training programme and a Masters in Public Health. She has an interest in the early detection of gynaecological cancers in Primary Care and women’s health. She graduated from medical school at the University of Manchester and was subsequently awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2018 and is undertaking a PhD at the University of Manchester investigating methods of early detection of endometrial cancer as well as awareness of symptoms of endometrial cancer.