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Cancer Epidemiology, Population & Global Health

Cancer Epidemiology, Population & Global HealthAbout our research programme

Our work covers such diverse areas as cancer epidemiology, health services research, health policy and global health.

Our research into the early diagnosis and detection of cancer, patients’ experiences of treatment and care and inequalities in their prognosis, treatment and survival all contribute to the development of cancer policies and the organisation of cancer services.

We also study national and international variation in cancer occurrence, care and outcomes which contribute policy-relevant information to inform the political economy of cancer.

Our research into cancer policy and global health is concerned with the study of global systems of cancer care, research and education to understand how these operate as complex adaptive systems and the development of complex, multi-disciplinary interventions for healthcare systems, models and pathways of care, particularly for vulnerable populations in low resource, conflict impacted populations. We also explore how society, technology, and political systems can deliver better patient outcomes with higher value for countries and regions within the context of equality and affordability in collaboration with colleagues at KCL in Global Health and Social Medicine, the Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care and the School of Security Studies.

To find out more about the Programme please contact Elizabeth Davies.

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Partnerships and collaborations

We work with King's Health Partners Comprehensive Cancer Centre to develop cancer prevention and health promotion strategies and we collaborate with colleagues in general practice in London, Denmark and Sweden to explore cancer diagnostics and early diagnosis in primary care. We are partners in the Trans-Atlantic Prostate Group and the Transdisciplinary Prostate Cancer Partnership looking for prognostic biomarkers in prostate cancer. 

We collaborate closely with colleagues working in the Public Health England National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service on studies of patient experience and clinical outcomes for breast, lung, prostate, colorectal, pancreatic and brain cancer. We have NIHR funding for the first study of cancer in the English prison population in collaboration with the University of Surrey, University College London, UCLH, Revolving Doors Agency and the Mental Health Foundation.

We work with many international agencies and governments to assist in their national cancer control planning, and with a variety of global and national research and capacity networks, for example, the National Cancer Grid of India, the National Cancer Forum of Chile – Union International Cancer Control, NCI Centre for Global Health, the International Atomic Energy Agencies Program Against Cancer (PACT) and as advisors to the NCD program of the World Health Organisation. In particular we study and develop cancer control solutions for vulnerable populations for example cancer care in conflict R4HC-MENA program (r4hc-mena.org)

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Members of the programme

Associated academics and researchers

  • Lindsay Forbes, Visiting Senior Lecturer in Cancer and Public Health
  • Carlo Caduff, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology of Cancer, Global Health & Social Medicine
  • Grant Lewison, Senior Bibliometrician and Policy Analyst
  • Richard Harding, Herbert Dunhill Professor of Palliative Care, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation
  • Paula Lorgelly, Visiting Professor of Health Economics

 

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