Senior Investigator Profile

First NameStephen
Award StatusTerm 1
Current PostProfessor of Cancer Screening
DepartmentCancer Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, Mathematics and Statistics
Telephone020 7882 3535
InstitutionQueen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
NHS TrustBarts Health NHS Trust
Region NameLondon
Primary Research FieldPublic Health - Preventive Medicine
Secondary Research FieldStatistical Sciences
BiographyI am a statistician, educated at the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College, London. I have worked in the UK, Singapore, France, Sweden and Russia. My research has been mainly in cancer epidemiology, prevention and screening. I worked on the pioneering Swedish Two-County Trial of breast cancer screening, on which the UK’s national breast screening programme was based. Since then have taken a major role in a number of other trials of cancer screening, in breast, colorectal and lung cancer. These include the UK Trial of Flexible Sigmoidoscopy whose results changed national policy within weeks of publication, and the FH01 study of annual mammography in young women at enhanced familial risk of breast cancer, which contributed to the NICE guidelines on breast cancer risk management. I am currently director of the Policy Research Unit in Cancer Awareness, Screening and Early Diagnosis, funded by the Department of Health. It is a collaboration between researchers from seven institutions. The aim of the unit is to carry out research to inform policy to promote earlier diagnosis of cancer, symptomatically or by screening, and as a consequence bring down mortality from cancer. My personal research focuses on interventions to make cancer screening more accessible and acceptable to all sectors of our population.

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