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Cancer Research UK has hosted conferences on early diagnosis research for the past 10 years. They have covered a broad range of early diagnosis themes and have attracted people from across the early diagnosis community.

The fifth Early Diagnosis research conference took place on the 11th – 13th February 2019 and was held in Birmingham for the first time.

The theme for the 2019 early diagnosis research conference was: “10 years on: Accelerating early diagnosis into practice”.

See the full programme and some of the slides here

The 2019 conference also hosted an awards ceremony for the first time. 4 awards were nominated and voted for by the conference delegates.

Winners of the 2019 Early Diagnosis Research Conference awards

To catch up on everything that happened at the 2019 conference, you can read the highlights report here.

The fourth Early Diagnosis research conference was held on 23rd - 24th February 2017 in central London.

The theme for the 2017 early diagnosis research conference was: Investigating, Innovating and Implementing.

Download the conference report

The Third National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) research conference was held on 26th - 27th March 2015 in central London.


Download the final programme

To hear more about one of our Cancer Research UK funded speakers, see the interview below with Dr Laura Marlow (University College London) about her work.

Interview with Dr Laura Marlow


Slides - Day 1

Harpal Kumar, CEO, Cancer Research UK - Improving Outcomes: the role of early diagnosis

Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK - Diagnosing Cancer Earlier: reviewing the evidence for improving cancer survival

Dr Yoryos Lyratzopoulos, University College London – Insights from research and policy initiatives in different healthcare systems and settings

Professor Peter Vedsted, Aarhus University, Denmark - Good clinicians in supportive health care systems - the Danish three-legged strategy for cancer diagnosis

Dr Hardeep Singh, Baylor College of Medicine, USA - Research on missed opportunities in cancer diagnosis in the US: Defining, measuring and reducing

Professor Willie Hamilton, University of Exeter - Cancer diagnosis: in the GP's consulting room

Professor Tom Marshall, University of Birmingham - Colorectal early diagnosis: A tale of technology, clinicians and pathways - CREDIBLE

Dr Trish Green, University of Hull - "He hides behind the screen": Patients' views on GPs' use of electronic decision support tools for cancer during consultation

Slides - Day 2

Professor David Weller, University of Edinburgh - Research across the NAEDI pathway

Dr Debra Howell, University of York - Referral routes and time to diagnosis in haematological malignancies: Population-based findings from the Haematological Malignancy Research Network

Professor Richard Neal, Bangor University - A feasibility randomised controlled trial looking at the effect on lung cancer diagnosis of giving a Chest X-Ray to smokers aged over 60 with new chest symptoms (ELCID)

Dr Mark Rutherford, University of Leicester - How much of differences in cancer survival can be explained by variation in stage at diagnosis: An example from breast cancer and melanoma in the East of England

Professor Una MacLeod, University of Hull - Preventing emergency presentations

Dr Tom Newsom-Davies, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital – Emergency Diagnosis of Cancer: A European Problem

Dr Gary Abel, University of Cambridge - Cancer-specific variation in emergency presentation by sex, age and deprivation across 27 common and rarer cancers

Professor Jane Wardle, University College London - Screening and reducing barriers to uptake

Dr Kate Brain, Cardiff University - Uptake and psychosocial outcomes of the UK lung cancer screening trial

Dr Anne Helme, Cancer Research UK – Cancer Research UK early diagnosis funding opportunities

Professor Greg Rubin, University of Durham - Key note: New Skin for the Old Ceremony: time to revisit the cancer diagnosis paradigm?



List of all posters          

All poster abstracts

Expert panel poster winner: Dr Steve Smith (University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire)

“A faecal immunochemical test for haemoglobin (FIT) markedly increased participation in a colorectal cancer screening pilot in England”

Expert panel poster runner-up: Dr Gary Abel (University of Cambridge)

“The size and sources of variation of different general practice ‘cancer profile’ measures, and the statistical reliability of potential performance comparisons”

Patient panel poster winner: Dr Laura Zwaan (VU University Medical Center, Netherlands)

"Looking without seeing or not believing your eyes? An eye-tracking study on diagnosing X-rays"

Patient panel poster runners-up

Ms Sarah Bailey (University of Exeter) - "Thrombocytosis: an underused risk marker of cancer in primary care?"

Dr Katriina Whitaker (University of Surrey) - "What drives a cancer attribution?"

The Second National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) research conference was held on 17th April 2013 at the Cambridge Research Institute.

Download the details of the second NAEDI research conference April 2013

The First National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) research conference was held on 17th - 18th February 2011 in central London.

Download details of the first NAEDI research conference February 2011

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