Lorna is the National Cancer Research Institutes Teenage, Young Adult and Germ Cell Clinical Studies Group Researcher and Patient/Public involvement lead. She currently Chairs the NCRI Health Services Research Subgroup and has driven the work of the CSG for over ten years. The concept discussions around BRIGHTLIGHT began within the NCRI Group and Lorna worked on the feasibility study ‘Essence of Care’ and developing the protocol which is now BRIGHTLIGHT. Lorna is the Patient and Public Involvement Lead for BRIGHTLIGHT.
Dr Fern completed her PhD in Molecular Oncology looking at the long-term effects of chemotherapy on the bone marrow and became interested in young people with cancer while working on an adult bone marrow transplant unit. After a short spell in the commercial world she moved to the National Cancer Research Institutes Teenage, Young Adult and Germ Cell Clinical Studies Group where she pioneered the first systematic investigation of access to research for young people in the U.K. Improving access to research and improving the cancer diagnostic experience for young people is core to Dr Fern’s research interests.