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Personal Biography

Professor Gilbert graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1978. She trained in Radiology in Aberdeen, and became a consultant radiologist in 1989, then appointed Roland Sutton Professor of Radiology at the University of Aberdeen in 1996. Professor Gilbert was assigned the role of Professor of Radiology and Head of the Department of Radiology at University of Cambridge in 2011.

Prior to this she was head of the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre, University of Aberdeen and was responsible for the National Breast Screening Programme for the North East of Scotland. She is not a Professorial Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge where she supervises PhD students.


Prof Gilbert is a member of NCRI Biomarkers and Imaging Group, co-lead of the NCRI PET Research Development group and was a member of the ACORRN international scientific advisory committee.

Prof Gilberts current research interests are in evaluating Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), non FDG PET radiotracers in cancer, and breast MRI. Her interest in using imaging to gain a better understanding of tumour physiology.

Current trials are the TOMMY trial, a comparison of 2D mammography and DBT, a sub-study of the POETIC trial evaluating PET FLT to measure cell proliferation and sophisticated functional MRI in breast cancer with a comparison with novel histology and molecular markers and the assessment of pre-operative breast MRI in an international study.

Notable Publications

TOMMY trial: The accuracy of digital breast tomosynthesis in detecting breast cancer subgroups in a UK retrospective reading study (TOMMY Trial). Gilbert FJ, Tucker L, Gillan GC, Willsher P, Cooke J, Duncan KA, Michell MJ, Dobson HM, Lim YY, Purushothaman H, Strudley C, Astley SM, Morrish O, Young KC, Duffy SW.
Radiology. 2015 Jul 15:142566. [Epub ahead of print]PMID:26176654

Use of new imaging techniques to predict tumour response to therapy. ,br>Harry, V.N., S.I. Semple, D.E. Parkin, and F.J. Gilbert. The lancet oncology, 2010. 11(1): p. 102

United Kingdom Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Breast Screening Study, Cancers in BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers and in women at high risk for breast cancer: MR imaging and mammographic features.Gilbert, F.J., R.M. Warren, G. Kwan-Lim, D.J. Thompson, R.A. Eeles, D.G. Evans, M.O. Leach, and G.Radiology, 2009. 252(2): p. 368.

Single reading with computer-aided detection for screening mammography.Gilbert, F.J., S.M. Astley, M.G. Gillan, O.F. Agbaje, M.G. Wallis, J. James, C.R. Boggis, S.W. Duffy, and C.I. Group.New England Journal of Medicine, 2008. 359(16): p. 1684.

Single reading with computer-aided detection and double reading of screening mammograms in the United Kingdom National Breast Screening Program.Gilbert, F.J., S.M. Astley, M.A. McGee, M.G.C. Gillan, C.R.M. Boggis, P.M. Griffiths, and S.W. Duffy.Radiology, 2006. 241(1): p. 53.

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