Professor Simon Rule
Professor Simon Rule is a Consultant Haematologist at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHNT). He is the trust’s Associate Medical Director of Research & Development. He is also Professor of Clinical Haematology at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry.
Professor Rule is a member of the National Cancer Research Network (NCRN) lymphoma working party and the Chair of the Low Grade Lymphoma Clinical Studies Group.
His major interests are lymphoma and new drug development. His specific area of interest is mantle cell lymphoma and he has a research team looking at various aspects of this disease.
He is currently the Principal Investigator for a number of phase I, II and III lymphoma studies being conducted at local, network and national and international level.
The medical team
Professor Rule works as part of a team of Haematology Consultants at PHNT. He is supported by his colleagues and experienced registrars who assist in clinical duties and clinical trials work. They are also involved in laboratory research work.
This is a team of Nursing Staff and Administrators led by Nicky Crosbie. As well as running Professor Rule’s research clinic in the Birch Day Case Unit every Monday afternoon, they are based in the haematology day case unit. They play an active part in the enrolment, care and follow up of the many patients who are involved in the haematology clinical trials that are open at Plymouth. This involves a lot more than mantle cell lymphoma; they also care for patients with immunological and clotting disorders, all types of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and have extensive knowledge about the whole spectrum of haematological illness.
Clinical Trials team
Some of the Clinical Trials that Professor Rule leads are run by staff at the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit. This is part of Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry. PenCTU run a number of trials in a variety of specialities, the named manager for Lymphoma clinical trials is Margie Berrow. At PenCTU we have experienced Trial Managers, Web Designers, Data Managers as well as Administrators. We work in teams to deliver well designed, good quality research studies and can be involved in everything from grant applications through to paper writing.