Barts Health NHS Trust and Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
Dr Agrawal qualified at the University of Bristol, UK, trained at The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital, London, UK, and was awarded his PhD in Tumour Immunology from the University of Paris, France. He is Director of the Stem Cell Laboratory of the Barts Health NHS Trust, and has an interest in diagnostic immunophenotyping. He was a winner of the NHS Innovator Award in 2006 for the introduction of new diagnostic tests for the diagnosis of human leukaemias.
Dr Agrawal’s clinical activities stretch across all areas of haematological cancers, ranging from intensive chemotherapy for acute leukaemia to outpatient non-intensive chemo-immunotherapy for lymphoid diseases, particularly chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and other lymphoid malignancies. Dr Agrawal has designed, funded, and implemented studies on myelodysplastic syndromes, invasive aspergillosis and CLL. A former member of the UK CLL Trials Committee, he is a trustee for CLLSA (the patient-led support organisation for patients in the UK with CLL), as well as a NICE reviewer and the haemato-oncology representative on the UK IVIg initiative. He is a member of the European group (ECIL) for guidelines for infection management.
Dr Agrawal’s research activities are focussed on CLL biology and developing novel approaches to treating this incurable disease; and improving patient experience with the development of the “remote patient monitoring programme”, which allows specialist follow-up without requiring attendance at the hospital. His current activities in the field of invasive fungal disease include a diagnostic study of high-risk haematology patients looking at improved and earlier diagnosis. He is also working to develop clinical guidelines and integrated care pathways for managing infection in the high-risk haemato-oncology setting and to promote best practice and highlight new developments through educational meetings.