Prof. Daniel Hochhauser Co-Director, Cancer Research UK-UCL Centre
Daniel Hochhauser is Co-Director of the Cancer Research UK-UCL Centre, Kathleen Ferrier Professor at UCL Cancer Institute, and medical oncologist at UCLH. After completion of postgraduate medical training in London and Oxford, and then being awarded a DPhil at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford, he completed specialist training at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York before appointment as a senior lecturer and consultant. His major clinical interest is in gastrointestinal oncology, actively engaging in early phase clinical trial research and the development of novel targeted therapies.
Prof. Sophie Day Professor, Goldsmiths University London
Sophie Day is Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths University London. Alongside epidemiologist Professor Helen Ward, Sophie established the Patient Experience Research Centre at Imperial College which aims to promote active communication between patients, researchers and clinical staff to enhance the quality of healthcare. In 2017, both professors together with Prof. Celia Lury received funding from the collaborative award by the Wellcome Trust to implement research project ‘People like You’ in which the research team aims to unpack the emergent culture of personalisation through an analysis of practices in healthcare, data science and digital culture.
Prof. Anne Kerr Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice, University of Leeds
Anne Kerr is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice at the University of Leeds. Working in the field of Science and Technology Studies and Sociology, Anne’s research interests include a specialization in gender, genetics and biomedicine. Anne currently holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award in Society and Ethics jointly with Dr Sarah Cunningham-Burley. Their research is focusing on the changing nature of patienthood in cancer. She has written extensively on social and ethical issues of science and technology and, more specifically, she is committed to research around issues of public understanding and engagement with genetics, professional discourses of responsibility and choice, responsible innovation, as well as affect in science and medicine.
Dr. Ana Porroche-Escudero Senior Research Associate, Division of Health Research, University of Lancaster
Dr. Ana Porroche-Escudero is Senior Research Associate at the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care - North West Coast of England (NIHR CLAHRC-NWC) at Lancaster University. Her scholarship focuses on women’s health, breast cancer and social inequality. Committed to applying social sciences to real health challenges, she chairs SWS’s Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Award and was a member of the Breast Cancer Consortium, Ana has published for academic, practitioners and public audiences including Women’s Studies International Forum, Revista Internacional de Sociología, Anthropology Today, Gaceta Sanitaria and Mujer y Salud, and co-edited of a book on Breast Cancer and Feminism (2017) bringing together 22 international authors. With Jennie Popay, Ana has been shortlisted for the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2018 in the category of "taking research into practice" for their health inequalities assessment toolkit (HIAT) and for their commitment to embed health inequalities in the work developed by CLAHRC NWC.
Dr. Cinzia Greco Newton International Research Fellow, Division of Medical Education, University of Manchester
Cinzia's current research, funded with a Newton International Fellowship at the University of Manchester, focuses on the recent history of metastatic breast cancer. Cinzia obtained her PhD in Health, Population and Social Policies at the Ecole des études en sciences sociales in 2016. Her PhD focused on post-mastectomy breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the breast in France.
Prof. Julie Fish Professor, Division of Social Work and Health Studies, De Montfort University Leicester
Julie Fish is a Professor in Social Work and Health Inequalities in the Division of Social Work and Health Studies, and Director of the Centre for LGBTQ Research at De Montfort University Leicester. Julie has published widely in the fields of human rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health and social inequalities. Julie was a member of the Department of Health National Cancer Equalities Initiative 2008-2012.
Dr. Julia Swallow Research Fellow, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
Julia Swallow is working as a Research Fellow on the Wellcome Trust-funded project 'Translations and transformations in patienthood: cancer in the post-genomics era' at the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Julia obtained her PhD in Sociology at University of Leeds in 2017, in which she examined the role of instruments for screening cognitive function and Alzheimer's disease.
Henry Llewellyn PhD candidate, Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, University College London
Henry is a PhD candidate in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at University College London. His dissertation is an ethnography of care and treatment for people living with brain tumours. He explores how patients, families and a range of practitioners in the UK navigate complex treatment decisions amid an unpredictable disease and shifting terrain of care.
Ignacia Arteaga PhD candidate, Anthropology Department, University College London
Ignacia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. Her PhD project examines the experiences of colorectal cancer treatments in London, teasing out the potential of professional and lay caregiving practices to create different possibilities of experience.
Clara Therond MSc, Anthropology Department, University College London
Clara is an early career researcher whose recent MSc dissertation explored the sociocultural implications of BRCA mainstreaming genetic testing in the treatment of ovarian cancer patients in the practice of oncology. Clara's research interests include the anthropology of biomedicine, clinical ethnography, genetic technologies, and the social and political implications of personalised medicine.
Prof. Kirsten Bell Professor, Department of Life Sciences, University of Roehampton
Kirsten Bell is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Interdisciplinary Anthropology in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Roehampton. In 2000 Kirsten completed her PhD in social anthropology, at the James Cook University in Australia, which was based on fieldwork in South Korea on Chondogyo, one of South Korea's new religious movements. Over the last decade or so, Kirsten has held numerous academic appointments in anthropology departments including at the University of Northern Colorado and Macquarie University in Australia and the University of British Columbia in Canada. Kirsten's research is primarily focused on the anthropology of health and medicine, which includes understanding how cancer is experienced, particularly in the survivorship phase. Kirsten has numerous publications to her name, which include her book, published last year entitled: 'Health and Other Unassailable Values: Reconfigurations of Health, Evidence and Ethics'. A very engaging read which sets out to examine health as a core cultural concept, unpacking contemporary conceptions of health and the transformations in how we understand it, assess it and enact it. Kirsten's other publications include 'Communicating evidence: Lifestyle cancer and the promise of a disease-free future'; 'The breast-cancer-ization of cancer survivorship: Implications for experiences of the disease'; and 'Biomarkers, the molecular gaze and the transformation of cancer survivorship'.
Dr. Lynn Calman Principal Research Fellow, Macmillan Survivorship Research Group in Health Sciences at the University of Southampton
Dr. Lynn Calman is a Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group (MSRG), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. Lynn undertook a BSc (hons) in Nursing (Adult) at the University of Edinburgh, worked clinically in palliative care and completed training as a mental health nurse before undertaking her doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. Lynn has held academic positions at the Universities of Glasgow and Manchester, before taking up her role in Southampton in 2012. She was awarded an MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research 2008-2012 to explore how lung cancer patients can be supported to live well after treatment. Lynn had led and collaborated on a number of major research studies in cancer survivorship/psychosocial oncology. Currently she is a co-applicant on the Macmillan Cancer Support funded 5 year HORIZONS Programme, designed to understand recovery and wellbeing following curative intent cancer treatment and inform the development of more efficient and effective services to support survivors, and is leading her own research programme focusing on people living with cancer that cannot be cured. Since 2016 Lynn has been a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Lung Cancer Clinical Studies Group (CSG) and until 2017 was member of the Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship CSG and Chaired the subgroup 'Understanding and measuring the consequences of cancer and its treatment'.
Dr. Cecilia Vindrola-Padros Research Associate, Department of Applied Health Research at University College London
Cecilia Vindrola Padros is a Research Associate at the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London. Cecilia currently works as an applied medical anthropologist across three teams: Reorganising specialist cancer surgery for the 21st century: a mixed methods evaluation; The Royal Free London (RFL) Group Model Evaluation (which is an embedded research team); and the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) Health Services Research Centre for the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Funded by a Fulbright Grant, Cecilia began her academic career at the University of Florida undertaking doctoral and masters training in Applied Medical Anthropology. Cecilia's doctoral research focused on the medical travel experiences of families in Argentina. Her research interests include the delivery of cancer therapies and supportive care; communication strategies used by healthcare professionals who care for hospitalised children; perioperative care; embedded research in healthcare organisations. Recent publications include: 'Centralising specialist cancer surgery services in England: survey of factors that matter to patients and carers and health professionals' and 'Discrete-choice experiment to analyse preferences for centralizing specialist cancer surgery services'.
Dr. Anne Lanceley Senior lecturer, Department of Women's Health, UCL
Dr Anne Lanceley is senior lecturer in the Department of Women’s Health at UCL, and a specialist nurse and scientist for the Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life-Care. Early in her career, Anne commissioned the first UK Teenage Cancer Unit in the UK. Today, as well as being elected Honorary Secretary to the British Psychological Oncology Society; a fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science; and member of the European Organisation for the Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Group; Anne heads the Patient Care Research Group at UCL, a group that aims to develop new strategies to improve outcomes in psychological response, prevention and palliation of disease in women’s cancer.
Dr. Sahra Gibbon Reader in Medical Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, UCL
Dr Sahra Gibbon is Reader in Medical Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology, University College London. Sahra’s long standing and extensive research in the field of BRCA genetics and cancer genetics, in the UK and Latin America, includes work examining the dynamic and changing relationships between ‘public’ and ‘scientists’ across culturally comparative landscapes, and how health inequalities and human genetic variation intersect in the context of cancer genetics. In addition, to an impressive record of publications which includes the forthcoming ‘Routledge Handbook of Genomics, Health and Society’; ‘Breast Cancer Genes and the Gendering of Knowledge. Science and Citizenship in the Cultural Context of the New Genetics’; and ‘Breast Cancer Gene Research and Medical Practices: Translational Perspectives in the Time of BRCA’; Sahra is committed to forging new pathways of interdisciplinary work across academic boundaries whilst recognising the challenges of research on, in and with Life and Medical sciences.