Population Research Committee

The Population Research Committee (PRC), and its expert review panels in Early Diagnosis, Prevention and Epidemiology, are responsible for the oversight, development, review, funding and management of a portfolio of awards for research Programmes, Project Grants and Fellowships in population science.​

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


  • 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


  • 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 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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