TEDxUCD - Senator and Professor John Crown

John Crown is a Professor and consultant medical oncologist at St. Vincent’s University Hospital. He received his medical training at University College Dublin and the State University of New York, and undertook his postdoctoral training on both sides of the Atlantic.

He completed his fellowship training in oncology at Mount Sinai Medical Centre and in haematology/oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre before joining St. Vincent’s University Hospital in 1993.

John founded the Clinical Trials Unit at St. Vincent’s University Hospital which has developed an international leadership role in oncology trials.

In 1996, John helped found the Irish Clinical Oncology Research Group (ICORG), a not-for-profit registered charity. Today ICORG includes 95% of cancer-treating professionals in Ireland and has allowed access to research treatments for more than 7,500 Irish cancer patients.

In 1997, John helped set up the Cancer Clinical Research Trust (CCRT), a registered charity which supports a cancer research program which is based in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin City University and University College Dublin. The primary focus of its work is “translational research”, which spans the laboratory and the clinic. This world-wide clinical-laboratory partnership has resulted in revolutionary new treatments for many types of cancer.

In June 2009, Professor Crown was awarded €5.6 million funding from the Irish Government, through Science Foundation Ireland, for the establishment of a new Strategic Research Cluster entitled Molecular Therapeutics for Cancer Ireland (MTCI). MTCI is a multi-institutional, translationally-focused, laboratory-based, cancer research group which has an organic linkage with ICORG and aims to develop a fully-integrated national translational cancer research programme that will significantly benefit cancer patients in Ireland.

In November 2003, John was awarded the Thomas Baldwin Research Chair in Translational Cancer Research from Dublin City University and in December 2004 he was awarded the Newman Clinical Research Professorship in UCD’s School of Medicine.

In April 2011, John was successfully elected as an Independent member to Seanad Éireann.

Twitter: @ProfJohnCrown