Theme 4: Population, Behaviour and Health Services Research
By engaging experts in epidemiology from the School of Public Health, we aim to increase resources and consolidate expertise in cancer epidemiology through the Centre. We recognise the importance of increased awareness of cancer and lifestyle factors, and early diagnosis are fundamental to achieving the Centre’s vision of reducing mortality and improving patient outcomes, as outlined in the Cancer Reform Strategy and Cancer Research UK’s 5 year Research Strategy.
Our research expertise in this area includes prevention, early detection, safety, acceptability, feasibility and quality of endoscopy and genetic aetiology of colorectal cancer. Professor Elio Riboli, Director of the School of Public Health, is involved in large population collections that include the collection of biological samples for gene-association studies and/or metabonomic analyses (with Professor Jeremy Nicholson, Head of Department of Surgery and Cancer, and Professor Elaine Holmes) in relation to health. Professor Wendy Atkin’s epidemiological research into colorectal cancer screening has produced ground-breaking results that have influenced national screening guidelines and policy.