Mr Dorward's personal research, undertaken during his Neurosurgery training, concentrated on the development of Neuronavigaion and in particular the navigation of endoscopes. He was awarded the Higher Degree of Master of Surgery for his thesis entitled "Development and Evaluation of Image-Guided Neuroendosopy, with Investigation of Post-Imaging Brain Distortion and Accuracy of Frameless Stereotaxy".
As a consultant Mr Dorward has been awarded the position of Honorary Senior Lecturer and has furthered his academic interests by developing a research programme. This programme employs one full time research fellow (Neurosurgeon in training) working towards obtaining a PhD, and further MS or MD fellows as available. He has a joint research grant with the Imperial Cancer Research group at the Royal Marsden and Cambridge University. This project concerns the development of special ultrasound techniques for identifying the tumour / brain boundary by measuring stiffness, strain and slip. This research has progressed to clinical trials and resulted in 2 PhDs awarded to date. The second main field of interest is the immortalisation of tumour cell lines, with one fellow studying pituitary adenoma cells and growing these in culture to enable genetic and chemotherapy testing.
All the consumables required for these research projects are funded through grants and via Mr Dorward's research and development fund (administered by the Special Trustees of the Royal Free Charitable Trust). He obtains sponsorship for this annually by running the London Marathon.
Mr Dorward (left) and colleagues at the London Marathon