I am an academic colorectal surgeon in ABMU with an honorary chair in SUMS. My research interests are in blood based diagnostics for early cancer detection, gut microbiome manipulation and the role of radiotherapy in rectal cancer.


  1. Hitchings, M., Cunningham, A., Chandler, S., Harris, D. The Challenges in developing a Faecal Transplantation Bank for the Treatment of IBD Falk Foundation Symposium 217: West Meets East: Functional Meets Organic in Gastrointestinal Diseases
  2. Hitchings, M., Chandler, S., Cunningham, A., Harris, D. A National Survey of IBD Clinician’s Perspectives on the Use of Faecal Microbiota Transplantation Falk Foundation Symposium 217 West Meets East: Functional Meets Organic in Gastrointestinal Diseases


  • PM-257 Neuroscience

    In order to help students understand the biological basis for behavioural neuroscience and neurological disorders, this module seeks to integrate the multidisciplinary sciences - for example, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry - that have combined to build the emerging field of neuroscience. The aim is to gain a mechanistic and holistic knowledge of the nervous system that builds from the molecular, cellular and developmental, to the systems level. In addition to exploring normal function, this module will introduce common disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems in an integrated way. Students will be guided in exploring the scientific evidence around what is known and unknown and will be introduced to current research findings in the scientific literature.

  • PM-344 Capstone Project

    The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students¿ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. Depending on the student's employability strand within the programme, the project may be laboratory, data, or education-based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2018 Present Trials Through to Practice Clinical Research Leader Wales Cancer Research Centre
2013 Present Honorary Clinical Professor Swansea University Medical School
2010 Present Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Abertawe Bro Morganwwg University Health Board
2014 2016 NISCHR Academic Health Science Collaboration Clinical Research F Swansea University Medical School
2011 2013 Honorary Senior Lecturer Swansea University Medical School

Key Grants and Projects

  • Faecal Bacteriotherapy in the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis. 2015

    NISCHR Pathway to Portfolio grant, £36,000

  • Feasibility of faecal microbiota transplantation in the management of obesity and type 2 diabetes 2018 - 2020

    (Pathway to Portfolio), £41,851

  • Raman Spectroscopy and Colorectal Cancer: 2018 - 2020

    Transforming the USC Referral Pathway. Cancer Research Wales grant (lead applicant), £352,524

  • Raman spectroscopy (RS) 2018 - 2019

    RS as a surrogate endpoint marker for chemotherapy response in colorectal cancer: pilot study Wales Cancer Research Centre Access to patient Samples for Translational Research Award (ASTRA), £12,523

  • Next Generation Colorectal Cancer diagnostics: 2017 - 2018

    Raman Spectroscopy. AgorIP (Wales European Funding Office) grant (co-applicant) , £50,000

  • Transforming the urgent suspected colorectal cancer pathway through Raman spectroscopy technology 2017 - 2018

    (Lead Applicant), £130,327

  • Developing Rapid Serum Spectroscopy for Early Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer. 2017 - 2018

    Pancreatic Cancer Action UK grant (co-applicant), £40,000

  • Colorectal Cancer Diagnostic based on Raman Spectroscopy. 2016 - 2017

    Swansea Healthcare Innovation Partnership Programme (SHIPP) grant (co-applicant), £40,243

  • Development of a rectal cancer template biopsy protocol. 2016 - 2017

    Rectal cancer Radiotherapy Response Research group (RRRR)* (co-applicant). Bowel Diseases Research Foundation grant, £10,000

  • Multicentre randomised phase II feasibility study evaluating neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy plus surgery with Surgery Alone In Low Rectal cancer (SAILOR) 2015 - 2018

    Bowel Diseases Research Foundation grant , £124,302

  • Raman spectroscopy and colorectal cancer. 2014 - 2017

    Cancer Research Wales PhD studentship, £99604

  • Raman spectroscopy: towards early diagnosis in colorectal cancer. 2013 - 2014

    St David’s Medical Foundation, £3000

  • Predicting response of rectal cancer to chemoradiotherapy: 2014

    influence of molecular classification. NISCHR Pathway to Portfolio , £29877

Research Groups

  • Raman spectroscopy Research Group, CNH

    Centre for Nanohealth

  • Gut microbiota research group

    Gut microbiota research group