Population Research Committee

The Population Research Committee (PRC) supports clinical and public health epidemiology and educational and behavioural research on cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis.

PRC and its expert review panels are responsible for the oversight, development, review, funding and management of a portfolio of awards for research Programmes, Project Grants and Fellowships.​

Research areas

Early Diagnosis

  • Cancer symptoms: natural history and awareness
  • The early diagnosis pathway including alternative routes to diagnosis
  • Interventions to increase presentation to primary care or uptake of screening
  • Screening as a form of early diagnosis

Prevention

  • Behavioural and lifestyle  interventions to prevent cancer (individual or population level), including prevention of cancer recurrence
  • Adherence to chemoprevention
  • Screening as a form of prevention

Epidemiology

  • Classical and health epidemiology, plus survival and incidence rates
  • Repurposing of existing cohorts for ‘omics studies (excluding genetic epidemiology)
  • Secondary physical effects of cancer treatment
  • Methodological and statistical research relating to population sciences

How proposals are judged

Applications are judged on the basis of scientific excellence, innovation and relevance to cancer research. The Committee and its expert review panels meet twice a year and assess all applications on the basis of their scientific and strategic importance, whilst also studying the expert peer review which is collated for each grant.

 

Chair

Professor Deborah Ashby – Imperial College London

Vice-chair

Dr Mark Beresford – Royal United Hospital Bath

Members

Professor Linda Bauld – University of Stirling

Professor Zhengming Chen – University of Oxford

Professor Brendan Delaney – Imperial College London

Dr Diane Dixon – University of Strathclyde

Professor Mark Gilthorpe – University of Leeds

Professor Peter Harris – University of Sussex

Dr Mattias Johansson – International Agency for Research on Cancer

Professor Richard Martin – University of Bristol

Dr Peter Murchie – University of Aberdeen

Mr Peter Rainey – Consumer Representative

Dr Robert Strausberg – Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research 

Professor David Weller – University of Edinburgh

Professor Xifeng Wu – MD Anderson Cancer Center

Chair

Professor David Weller – University of Edinburgh

Vice-chair

Professor Brendan Delaney – Imperial College London

Members

Professor Paul Aylin – Imperial College London

Ms Jennifer Bostock – Consumer Representative

Dr Emma Crosbie – University of Manchester

Dr Stephan Dahl – University of Hull

Dr Susan Griffin – University of York

Professor Greg Rubin – University of Durham

Professor Peter Vedsted – Aarhus University

Dr Ian Watt – University of York

Dr Katriina Whitaker – University of Surrey

Chair

Dr Diane Dixon – University of Strathclyde

Vice-chair

Professor Peter Harris – University of Sussex

Members

Dr Jean Adams – University of Cambridge

Mr Matthew Baker – Consumer Representative

Professor Marijn de Bruin – University of Aberdeen

Professor Steven Cummins – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professor Hilary Graham – University of York

Dr Graham Moore – University of Cardiff

Professor Anne Rogers – University of Southampton

Professor Sally Wyke – University of Glasgow

Chair

Professor Richard Martin – University of Bristol

Vice-chair

Professor Mark Gilthorpe – University of Leeds

Members

Dr Marie Cantwell – Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Tim Card – University of Nottingham

Professor Zhengming Chen – University of Oxford

Professor Paul Lambert – University of Leicester

Professor Jill Pell – University of Glasgow

Mr Peter Rainey – Consumer Representative

Professor Lars Vatten – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Professor John Whitaker – GlaxoSmithKline

Chair

Dr Peter Murchie – University of Aberdeen

Chair

Dr Robert Strausberg, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research 

Vice-chair

Dr Mattias Johansson, IARC

Members

Professor John Brodersen, University of Copenhagen

Mrs Sue Duncombe – Consumer Representative 

Professor Charlie Foster, University of Oxford

Professor Kay-Tee Khaw, University of Cambridge

Dr Danae Manika, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Linda Nebeling, National Cancer Institute

Professor Sally Vernon, The University of Texas 

Professor Xifeng Wu, MD Anderson

Contact for this committee

lucy davies

Dr Lucy Davies

Senior Research Funding Manager

Email: prc@cancer.org.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8824

Post doc in epidemiology, Michael O’Rorke

Michael was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2014 from our Population Research Committee, to work on a project exploring the association of beta adrenergic receptor expression and beta-blocker use with breast cancer survival.

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