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Prof Nora Pashayan
Room 110
Department of Applied Health Research
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Professor in Applied Cancer Research
  • Applied Health Research
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I have clinical background with specialty training both in family medicine (American University of Beirut, Lebanon) and in public health medicine (East of England Public Health Specialty Training Programme, UK).  I have studied for Masters degrees in Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and in Public Health (University of Cambridge). Through Cancer Research UK Training Fellowship in Cancer Public Health and Epidemiology, I have completed my PhD studies at Clare College, University of Cambridge, studying the natural history of prostate cancer in the preclinical phase, genetic predisposition to prostate cancer, and implications for population-based screening.   I have been awarded a Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellowship to continue my studies on translating polygenic predisposition to cancer into designing population-based screening programmes.

I have received the RCGP Young Investigator’s Bill Styles Memorial award and the AACR Pezcoller Foundation Scholar -in-Training award.

I have worked for the University of Cambridge as Clinical Research Associate, and for the East of England Public Health Specialty Training Programme and Population Health and Genomics Foundation in Cambridge as consultant in public health.

I am British Psychological Society Level A and Level B assessor.  I am Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research interest is in cancer, particularly in cancer screening and in integrating genomics and epigenomics for risk stratification and risk-tailored screening. My research covers modeling the natural history of cancer and how this varies by risk level to preparing for implementation of risk-stratified screening strategies.  

Currently, my research projects include: 

  • 4-year research project funded by Genome Canada to study personalised risk stratification for prevention and early detection of breast cancer: integration and implementation (PERSPECTIVE I&I).
  • 4-year Horizon 2020 funded project, FORECEE, to study the use of  multi-omics for risk prediction and risk-stratification for four women cancers.
  • 5-year NIH funded CISNET - prostate project using modelling to improve prostae cancer outcomes across diverse populations.
  • 5-year CRUK funded study to evaluate the long -term effectiveness and cost-effectiveness ofpopulation based screening andtreatment for prostate cancer: the CAP and theProtecT RCTs
  • 5-year CRUK funded International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection
  • 5-year Policy Research Unit cancer awareness, early diagnosis, and screening
  • 3-year Breast Cancer Now funded study to model the natural history and sensitivity mammogram by women's risk level and to evaluate the extent of different screening strategies by vary by screening age, frequency, and modality improve the benefit-harm trade-offs of breast screening programme and its cost-effectiveness. The study is based on data from the University of Cambridge SEARCH study linked to NHS Breast Screening Programme https://ccge.medschl.cam.ac.uk/search-study/risk-stratified-screening-for-breast-cancer/
  • Modelling the impact of COVID-19 related delayed cancer diagnoses and delayed treatment and disruption of cancer screening services on patient outcomes and planning the recovery services   https://callta.github.io/covid-impacts-cancer/

  • Other projects include evaluation of the national assessment centre as part of the national recruitment and selection into specialty training in public health.

Teaching Summary

Currently, I am the:

  • Educational Supervisor for public health registrars at DAHR
  • Co-lead for the BSc Population Health Module, 'Genomics, Health and Society'

Teaching and supervision

  • Undergraduate (medical students, iBSc, BSc) and postgraduate students of various MSc courses, with focus on cancer and screening and public health genomics.
  • Teaching at Erasmus Summer Programme, Primary and Secondary Prevention, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam
  • At UCL, I have supervised 6 PhD students and been personal mentor of 13 medical students.

In the past:

  • External examiner for University of Cambridge MPhil Public Health course (2017-2021)
  • Graduate tutor of Department of Applied Health Research (2012-2019).
  • Director of NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy (2018-2019).
  • Lead for the National Assessment Centre as part of the national recruitment into public health specialty training(2008-2018).Faculty of Public Health Membership Exam Part A examiner (2012-2016).
  • Teaching, supervising and examining for the MPhil Public Health, University of Cambridge (2006-2011).
  • Phases 1&2 Lead for the East of England Public Health Specialty Training Programme (2008-2011).

01-OCT-2019 Professor of Applied Cancer Research Applied Health Research UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2016 – 30-SEP-2019 Clinical Reader in Applied Health Research Research Department of Applied Health Research UCL, United Kingdom
05-SEP-2011 – 30-SEP-2016 Senior Clinical Lecturer in Applied Health Research Research Department of Applied Health Research UCL, United Kingdom
05-SEP-2011 Honorary Consultant in Applied Health   UCLH, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2011 Honorary Visiting Fellow Public Health and Epidemiology University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2011 – 31-AUG-2015 Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellow Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2018   Certificate in Medical Education University of Dundee
2011   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2008   Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training General Medical Council
2005   Master of Studies University of Cambridge
2004   Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2001   Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training American University of Beirut
1997   Doctor of Medicine American University of Beirut
1993   Bachelor of Science American University of Beirut
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