Tributes are being paid after a Cardiff professor dies from cancer

Professor McGuigan was a lead researcher into anti-cancer drug research

A Cardiff University professor who was one of the UK’s leading scientists in anti-cancer drug research passed away on Friday.

Professor Chris McGuigan had been central in the field of research for 30 years.


Professor McGuigan, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chris McGuigan from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was at the heart of scientific research in the field of anti-cancer drug discovery.

Cardiff University have released the following statement: “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the untimely death of Professor Chris McGuigan following a battle with cancer.

“He had a strong drive to use his scientific ideas for social good, working tirelessly to address medical needs where they were unmet.

“He was Chair of the Life Sciences Hub, the nerve centre of life science business growth in Wales with the aim of nurturing home-grown companies and attracting top international talent. He also directed the Life Sciences Research Network Wales.


“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and close colleagues at this very sad time.”

Professor Gary Baxter, Head of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences said: “Many of us have lost a friend as well as a colleague and mentor. So wide was Chris’s influence in the School, the University, Wales and beyond that there will be many personal tributes paid in the weeks ahead.”