Dion is Director of the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC) which is a partnership of 18 NHS acute Trusts across the region, working collaboratively to help to deliver the NHS England innovative 100,000 Genomes Project. It is one of 13 similar centres, paving the way for the future of medical science - personalised medicine. Dion also leads the Pan Cancer Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GeCIP) and is a member of the Colorectal Cancer GeCIP.
Since 2017, he has co-led the newly established NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery.
He was Chair of the Research Committee of the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) 2011 to 2019 and initiated the expansion of the clinical research portfolio and growth in international collaboration within the European colorectal community. He is now Chair of the Global Reach Committee.
Dion led the Birmingham Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre between 2009 and 2019, leading the successful increased multi million pound refunding in 2012 and again in 2016. The Birmingham ECMC aims to improve the feasibility and quality of research in the areas of immunotherapy and gene therapy, translational genetics and biomarkers. It is UK government and Cancer Research UK funded and the largest centre in the UK.
Nationally he was Director of Clinical Research at the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2012-2019 and led the Clinical Research Initiative. The programme is now well established and has 7 Surgical Trials Units and 11 Surgical Specialty Leads (including Mr Simon Bach and BiSTC at the University). This initiative has led to the big rise in patients recruited to surgical trials and of surgical trials opened in the UK.
He is Past President of the Society for Academic and Research Surgery.
The Professor Morton recognised the immense potential of surgical trainees in research, and championing the development of the UK’s first trainee-led research network, the West Midlands Research Collaborative (WMRC) which pioneered a UK wide network of 18 collaboratives.