Population Research Committee

The Population Research Committee (PRC) is responsible for the oversight, development, review, funding and management of a portfolio of awards for research Programmes and Project Grants in population science.​

Research areas

  • Clinical and public health epidemiology (excluding primary and secondary prevention studies involving medical interventions, e.g. vaccines and chemoprevention).
  • Educational and behavioural research in areas of prevention, screening and early diagnosis.
  • Proposals considering clinical trials methodologies or statistics.
  • Proposals considering secondary physical effects of treatment.

How proposals are judged

Applications are judged on the basis of scientific excellence, innovation and relevance to cancer research. The Committee meets twice a year and assesses 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 of the Population Research Committee

Professor Per Hall - Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institute

Vice-chair of the Population Research Committee

Professor Peter Barrett-Lee - Velindre Cancer Centre, Velindre Hospital, Cardiff

Dr Jean Adams – University of Cambridge

Professor Deborah Ashby – Imperial College London

Professor Linda Bauld – School of Management, University of Stirling

Professor Zhengming Chen – University of Oxford

Dr Diane Dixon – School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde

Professor Mark Gilthorpe – School of Medicine, University of Leeds

Professor Pete Harris – School of Psychology, University of Sussex

Dr Rolando Herrero – International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

Professor Martin Jarvis – Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London

Professor Richard Martin – School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol

Dr Peter Murchie – Centre of Academic Primary Care, University of Aberdeen

Professor Liam Murray – Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast

Professor Peter Sasieni – Centre for Epidemiology, Mathematics and Statistics, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Galina Velikova – Section of Oncology and Clinical Research, University of Leeds

Contact for this committee

Dr Anne Helme


Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 5442

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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