Cancer Epidemiology and Health Services Research
Dr Elizabeth Davies
Clinical Reader in Cancer & Public Health and Research Group Leader
Research Assistant in Cancer Epidemiology
Dr Margreet Lüchtenborg
Lecturer in Cancer Epidemiology
Professor Henrik Møller
Emeritus Professor of Cancer Epidemiology
Dr Thomas Round
GP and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow
Sultan Al Balushi
Shaymaa Al Waheidi
PhD student and Research Assistant in Cancer Epidemiology
About the group
Our group has a strong focus on studying potential inequalities that may occur in the early detection, diagnosis, experiences of care and cancer outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer both in England and internationally.
In England we collaborate closely with colleagues working in the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) within Public Health England (PHE) on studies of lung and pancreatic cancer and molecular diagnostics data. We also work with colleagues in the End of Life Care Intelligence Network within PHE on studies of variation in place of death.
We have funding from the NationaI Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for the first study of cancer in the English prison population, leading a collaboration between the University of Surrey, University College London, UCLH, Public Health England, The Ministry of Justice, NHS England and Revolving Doors Agency and the Mental Health Foundation. An NIHR-funded research fellowship is investigating variation in primary care referral pathways for suspected cancer, including the impact on stage at diagnosis and cancer patient mortality, and GP/practice characteristics associated with cancer detection. Both these studies employ a mixed methods approach.
Locally we collaborate with clinical colleagues in the Comprehensive Cancer Centre and across London on studies of the early detection of lung cancer and the role of human papilloma virus in head and neck cancers.
Our PhD students working in collaboration with NCRAS are using English national data to study variation in primary care referral for suspected cancer, the epidemiology of brain cancer in England, whether variation in the care experiences of patients with breast, lung, prostate and colorectal cancer is associated with their survival in England and whether variation in molecular diagnostic testing and access to targeted treatment affects survival of lung cancer patients. Our students working internationally are studying factors affecting the survival of women with breast cancer in Gaza, inequality between cancer patients with pre-existing mental illness and other cancer patients in Taiwan, and how the cancer research topics covered by the media differ between China and the UK.