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Scientific Advisory Board

The Paxman Scientific Advisory Board is an international multi-disciplinary board with expertise in extensive areas of research, oncology and trichology. Members are united by their passion for providing independent scientific, medical and empirical advice based on their individual skills, knowledge and experience. Our advisory board also includes two members who have successfully used the system as patients.

Dr Julie Rani Nangia

As Assistant Professor of Medicine in the section of haematology-oncology, Dr Nangia is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. Graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she has a medical degree and has completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr Nangia has also achieved a haematology-oncology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

Specialising in the care of patients with breast cancer, Dr Nangia is director of the Breast Cancer Prevention and High Risk Clinic at Ben Taub Hospital and is interested in hereditary breast cancer, breast cancer prevention and metastatic triple negative breast cancer.



Dr Nik T. Georgopoulos

Dr Georgopoulos is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biology, School of Applied Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. His research focuses on understanding how the process of epithelial cancer development influences proliferation (growth), differentiation and particularly cell responses to death signals triggered by members of the tumour necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) family of proteins. Using this knowledge, he aims to design new tumour-specific anticancer therapies.

After achieving his BSc degree in Biochemistry and Genetics and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Leeds, Dr Georgopoulos completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Immunology group at the Cancer Research UK Centre in Leeds. This was followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in the Immunology group at the Cancer Research UK Centre in Leeds, and an EPSRC-funded research fellowship in the Jack Birch Unit of Molecular Carcinogenesis group at the University of York. Dr Georgopoulos is now Head of the Cell Death and Cancer group at Huddersfield University.


Manon Hanrath-Komen

Manon is a researcher at the Medical Center Alkmaar in the Netherlands. Following nursing graduation in 2002, Manon received her MSc for Health Sciences in 2006 at the Utrecht University. After working as a nurse for two years, she started as research associate in 2005 and then worked as a research coordinator in the Medical Center Alkmaar in 2007.

Having started her PhD in 2010, Manon carries out research to refine scalp cooling techniques to prevent chemotherapy induced alopecia. Together with her colleagues in the Netherlands, she has published several articles on scalp cooling. Manon is chairman of the Nursing Breast Cancer Research Group and a member of the Dutch Oncology Nursing Group. Now living in Sint Pancras, she can be contacted at manon.komen@mca.nl.



Dr Andrew Collett

Dr Collett is a senior lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. His principal research interests include using laboratory-based models to investigate the pathophysiology of inflammation. More recently, Andrew has helped to establish models of chemotherapy induced alopecia in order to increase our understanding and optimisation of scalp cooling to prevent this.

Dr Collett has a PhD in Physiology Sciences and has worked as a biomedical research scientist at the Universities of Manchester and Dundee on a variety of projects. During this time he has worked with a number of major pharmaceutical companies (GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Roche, Novartis, AstraZeneca, Servier) on projects to increase our understanding of how drugs are absorbed and distributed in the body.



Dr Sunil Daryanani

Dr Daryanani is a medical oncologist based at the Hospital de Clínicas Caracas in Caracas, Centro Diagnóstico Las Mercedes an Centro Lido all in Caracas, Venezuela. He trained in Medicine at Universidad Central de Venezuela and completed further training in Internal Medicine, and Medical Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation. Dr Daryanani achieved these qualifications in England at St George’s Hospital in London and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, under supervision of the Royal College of Physicians, before obtaining an MSc in Medical Immunology at the University of London.

Sunil’s main areas of interest are colorectal, lung and breast cancer, intrathecal chemotherapy and teaching. As a member of ASCO, ESMO, the Venezuelan Oncological Society and several international and regional committees, he has authored papers, reviews and book chapters in oncology and immunology in international peer reviewed journals.

Until recently, Dr Daryanani was a member of the Editorial Committee of Annals of Oncology and appointed as a member of the Breast Cancer Guidelines Committee GLICO-NCCN. He has also served as a board member at the Hospital de Clínicas Caracas and in various medical committees.


Emma Button

Emma is a 40-year-old nursery teacher from North London. As a breast cancer survivor, she has recovered from multiple surgeries and a year of intensive treatments to fight off the cancer. Emma was able to keep her hair through the use of the Paxman Scalp Cooling System, although she had never heard of the cold cap treatment before her cancer experience. She was so pleased with the outcome that she has become part of our network to spread the word about hair loss prevention. You can read Emma’s story here.

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