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


  • 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.



Professor Deborah Ashby – Imperial College London


Professor Mark Beresford – Royal United Hospital Bath


Dr Naomi Allen – University of Oxford

Professor Linda Bauld – University of Stirling

Professor Zhengming Chen – University of Oxford

Professor Brendan Delaney – Imperial College London

Professor Bianca De Stavola – University College London

Dr Diane Dixon – University of Strathclyde

Professor Dean Fennell – University of Leicester

Professor Mark Gilthorpe – University of Leeds

Dr Mattias Johansson – International Agency for Research on Cancer

Ms Debbie Keatley – Consumer Representative

Professor Brendan McCormack – Queen Margaret University

Dr Peter Murchie – University of Aberdeen

Dr Robert Strausberg – Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research 

Professor Xifeng Wu – MD Anderson Cancer Center


Professor Brendan McCormack – Queen Margaret University


Professor Brendan Delaney – Imperial College London


Professor Paul Aylin – Imperial College London

Ms Jennifer Bostock – Consumer Representative

Dr Emma Crosbie – University of Manchester

Dr Susan Griffin – University of York

Dr Catherine Hurt – City University London

Professor Tom Marshall – University of Birmingham

Professor Alan Tapp – University of the West of England, Bristol

Dr Ian Watt – University of York

Dr Katriina Whitaker – University of Surrey


Dr Diane Dixon – University of Strathclyde


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 Usha Menon – University College London

Dr Graham Moore – University of Cardiff

Dr Feliz Naughton – University of East Anglia

Dr Pär Sparen – Karolinska Institutet

Professor Sally Wyke – University of Glasgow


Professor Mark Gilthorpe – University of Leeds


Dr Naomi Allen – University of Oxford


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

Professor Linda Sharp – Newcastle University

Professor Lars Vatten – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Professor John Whittaker – GlaxoSmithKline


Dr Peter Murchie – University of Aberdeen


Dr Robert Strausberg – Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research 


Dr Mattias Johansson – International Agency for Research on Cancer


Professor John Brodersen – University of Copenhagen

Mrs Sue Duncombe – Consumer Representative 

Dr Charlie Foster – University of Bristol

Professor Kay-Tee Khaw – University of Cambridge

Dr Danae Manika – Queen Mary University of London

Dr Linda Nebeling – National Cancer Institute

Professor Matthijs Oudkerk – University of Groningen

Professor Sally Vernon – The University of Texas 

Dr Peter Tugwell – University of Ottawa

Professor Xifeng Wu – MD Anderson

Contact for this committee

Dr Anbalakan Paramasivam

Senior Research Funding Manager 

Email: prc@cancer.org.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3469 8824

More opportunities for population researchers

Population Research

We support a broad portfolio of population research, including behavioural research, epidemiology, public health, and research into cancer prevention and early diagnosis.

We fund investigator-led projects, partnership initiatives, research facilities and resources, and we have a range of opportunities to help you develop your research career.


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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