Rebecca Fitzgerald is an MRC Programme Leader (tenure) at the MRC Cancer Unit, and an Honorary Consultant in Gastroenterology and General Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. She also holds a personal chair in Cancer Prevention at the University of Cambridge. She studied Medicine at Cambridge University and gained her MD in 1997 following a period of research at Stanford University, California, with Professor George Triadafilopoulos. Her postdoctoral training took place at the Department of Adult and Paediatric Gastroenterology, St Barts and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry with Professor Michael Farthing, funded by an MRC Clinician Scientist award.
Rebecca was awarded the prestigious Westminster medal and prize for her first proof of concept work on the Cytosponge and associated assays for diagnosing Barrett’s oesophagus in 2004. This also received an NHS Innovation prize in 2011. She received a Lister Prize Fellowship in 2008, and in 2013 Rebecca was awarded an NIHR Research Professorship to facilitate translational research for patient benefit. In recognition of her work she was appointed Goulstonian Lecturer by the Royal College of Physicians and was awarded the Sir Francis Avery Jones Medal from the British Society of Gastroenterology. Rebecca currently holds an NIHR Research Professorship, and in 2013 was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Rebecca has a plethora of teaching experience and is a Member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching. She is Director of Medical Studies for Trinity College Cambridge, and is involved with undergraduate and clinical teaching. She has a wealth of lecturing experience including radio broadcasts for BBC Radio 4 and ABC Radio Australia, Health of the Nation. Rebecca is committed to bringing research advances into clinical practice and inspiring other researchers to do likewise.