Centre Co-Leads: Stephen Duffy and Peter Sasieni
Centre Manager: Basia Behnke, email@example.com
Centre Administrator: Cam Barrow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Screening, Prevention & Epidemiology Unit Early Diagnosis Unit
Prof. Stephen Duffy Prof. Fiona Walter
Prof. Peter Sasieni Prof. Suzanne Scott
Prof. Jack Cuzick (Emeritus) Prof. Peter MacCallum
Prof. Ranjit Manchanda Dr. Georgia Black
Prof. Jo Waller Dr. Oleg Blyuss
Dr. Belinda Nedjai Dr. Garth Funston
Dr. Samantha Quaife Dr. Yin Zhou
Dr. Judith Offman Dr. Grace Okoli
The Centre brings together groups focusing on risk prediction, prevention, screening and early detection, and enhancing cancer diagnosis via general practice. We have expertise in general practice, behavioural science, clinical trials, epidemiology, gynaecological oncology, data science, molecular testing and applied health research. Our research projects include:• The CanDetect programme to develop tools for early diagnosis of upper digestive tract cancers• The Cancer Research UK Cancer Prevention Trials Unit at QMUL (CPTU)• The BEST-4 platform focusing on the early detection of Barrett’s oesophagus and prevention of oesophageal adenocarcinoma• The NHS-Galleri Trial of a multi-cancer early detection blood test in population screening• Population based germline testing for early detection and cancer prevention (PROTECT-C)• The AWACAN-ED project to advance early diagnosis of cancer in southern Africa• Studies of alternative technologies and strategies for breast, bowel, and cervical screening• Studies of new approaches to cervical cancer elimination including new DNA methylation assays, self-sampling, and evaluation of HPV vaccination.
The Cancer Behavioural Science group in the centre use their training in psychology and behavioural science research methods to understand the public, patients and healthcare professional perspectives and behaviours about initiatives to encourage prevention and early diagnosis of cancer. We use this to develop and test new ways to improve participation in cancer screening, raise awareness of cancer symptoms, reduce inequalities in engagement with cancer detection strategies, and improve health services to meet the needs of staff and patients.
The Cancer Research UK Cancer Prevention Trials Unit at QMUL (CPTU) is one of seven CRUK core funded clinical trials units. Uniquely, it focuses on late phase trials in cancer screening, prevention and early diagnosis. The unit designs, manages and analyses large and complex trials and looks after patient and public involvement. The portfolio includes: BEST4, NHS-Galleri, FINESSE, and YORKSURe.