- Associate Academic (Institute of Cancer Sciences)
- Professor of Surgical Science (Surgery)
telephone: +44 (0)141-201-8651
R2.59, Level 2
New Lister Building
10-16 Alexandra Parade
Professor McMillan was born and brought up in Cranhill, in the east end of Glasgow, and started work as a junior technician in the University Dept of Surgery at the Royal Infirmary. Trained as a Biomedical Scientist in Clinical Biochemistry at the Royal Infirmary and awarded FIMLS by examination. Given the opportunity to undertake PhD studies in the Dept of Surgery by Professor David Carter under the supervision of Mr Harry Burns and Dr Tom Preston. Awarded PhD thesis from the University of Glasgow in 1992 titled “An investigation of the protein metabolism in healthy subjects and weight-losing cancer patients”.
Work carried out by Professor McMillan and his collaborators has highlighted the importance of the systemic inflammatory response in weight loss, poor physical function and quality of life and poor survival of the patient with cancer. This work carried out over a 20 year period has been summarised in a series of published reviews. This has led to the introduction of the Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS) a tumour stage independent tool for predicting survival in patients with either localised or advanced cancer. The GPS has been validated worldwide.
In the theme of cancer cachexia, inflammation and surgery has supervised 7 MSc, 18 MD and 7 PhD theses. Published >200 original articles, >150 original articles as first author, co-first author to supervised student or senior author. This has resulted in >8,000 literature citations and a Hirsch index >50.
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