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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine (WIPM)

Professor Fiona Walter


Joint Director of the Wolfson Institute and Institute for Population Health Sciences, and Professor of Primary Care Cancer Research



My clinical background is in general practice, and my research focuses on the cancer pathway, from prevention, screening, early detection and diagnostics to translating genetics advances into primary care.

My research expertise lies across the primary care research spectrum and includes randomised controlled trials, cohort studies and systematic reviews; I have a particular interest in patient experiences and qualitative and mixed methods approaches.

I have won research grants totalling more than £30 million in the UK and AU$6 million in Australia, and published over 200 peer reviewed articles. I co-lead the CanTest Collaborative ( ), Cancer Research UK’s first Catalyst award, aiming to accelerate progress towards improving cancer outcomes by focussing on the transformative implementation in primary care of tests to support early detection of cancer.


Early diagnosis of cancer in primary care,
Cancer detection and diagnosis,
Cancer diagnostics,
Primary care studies