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Professor Stephen Halloran

Professor Stephen Halloran MBE, BSc, MSc, DipCB, EuroClinChem, FRCPath.

Professor Stephen Halloran is based in Guildford, Surrey, and directed the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) Southern Hub from the Programme's inception in 2006 until his retirement in March 2015. Stephen directed the NHS Guildford Medical devices Evaluation Centre (GMEC) and was Consultant Clinical Biochemist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. He is Professor Emeritus (Clinical Biochemistry) at the University of Surrey and continues to have an active role in supporting colorectal cancer (CRC) screening activities worldwide.

Stephen was Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry, founding editor of, director of the Surrey MSc in Clinical Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Stephen developed GMEC in 1989 and authored many advisory reports on the technical and scientific effectiveness of clinical analysers; it was a GMEC report on tests for CRC that introduced Stephen to cancer screening. He has published more than 40 papers on CRC screening during the past few years and was a lead author of the European guidelines on colorectal cancer screening (published in 2010). Stephen has a particular interest in factors that influence participation in CRC screening and the scientific and clinical aspects of faecal immunochemical tests for haemoglobin (FIT). He led the GMEC evaluation of four FIT systems in 2013 for the NHS BCSP and co-directed a six-month BCSP FIT Pilot in 2014 at two BCSP Hubs (Southern and Midlands & North West).

Stephen continues as both a member of the UK's ministerial Bowel Cancer Screening Advisory Committee and an academic group which evaluates the Screening Programme. He is advisor to several government health organisations around the world on their implementation of population-based CRC screening programmes. He also founded and chaired the World Endoscopy Organisation Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee's Expert Working Group ‘FIT for Screening' a group that is promoting improvements to FIT and prospering the use of FIT in screening programmes across the world.

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