We focus on identifying and validating interventions for reducing the risk of cancer. Much of the work involves medical interventions.
The work has two main aspects – more accurately identifying individuals at high risk of particular cancers and finding effective, minimally toxic prophylactic interventions, usually by conducting randomised clinical trials.
Breast cancer has been a major area of work. We are studying the role of mammographic breast density as a risk factor and exploring the best way to measure it and are refining our risk assessment programme, which is widely used by genetics counsellors.
We have conducted two large international trials evaluating tamoxifen and anastrozole in high risk women and are embarking on a new trial evaluating metformin, zoledronic acid and extended aromatase inhibitor treatment to reduce late recurrence in breast cancer survivors.
In prostate cancer we are evaluating prognostic markers for separating indolent from aggressive cancers and the role of aspirin and vitamin D in slowing the progression of apparently indolent cancers.
In cervix cancer we have pioneered the use of HPV testing in screening and are involved in the evaluation of HPV vaccination.
We are currently embarking on the prevention of colorectal cancer in individuals with large adenomas.
Main ongoing projects include:
- Biomarkers for breast DCIS progression
- Evaluation of CCP score as a prognostic marker in DCIS
- Molecular markers for prognosis of prostate cancer
- Predictors studies
- Prophylactic use of aspirin
- Recurrence in DCIS
- Risk factors for colorectal cancer in individuals with a colorectal precursor lesion
- Role of low penetrance SNPs in risk assessment of breast cancer
A full list with details can be found under Research Projects.
- Professor Jack Cuzick - Director
- Vesna Florijancic - PA to Director
- Tracy Connelly - Centre Manager
- Professor Ranjit Manchanda - Clinical Senior Lecturer & Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist
- Dr Adam Brentnall - Senior Statistician
- Dr Ivana Sestak - Reader in Medical Statistics
- Roesann Kealy - Clinical Project Manager
- Emma Atakpa - Postdoctoral Data Scientist
- Celeste Damiani - Postdoctoral Data Scientist
- Kim Chu - Statistician
- Brenda Bell - Project Manager
- Krishna Patel - Clinical Project Manager
- Naomi Turnbull - Administrator
- Rasha Alhaj - PhD Student
- Nahaa Alsubaie - PhD Student
- Rachael Adcock - PhD Student
- Mike Hale - PhD Student