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Dr Nora Pashayan
Room 112
Department of Applied Health Research
1-19 Torrington Place
London
WC1E 7HB
Tel: 0044 (0) 20 3108 3255
Appointment
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer Honorary Consultant in Applied Health Research
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Population Health Sciences
 
 
Biography

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.  Recently, 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 contribute to the national recruitment and selection into public health specialty training, in particular, to the assessment centre.

Research Groups
Research Summary
My research interest is in cancer, particularly in cancer screening and in integrating genomics in public health research.

Currently, I have 4-year research project funded by Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellowship to study the clinical and public health utility of incorporating polygenic risk-profiling into a screening strategy for prostate cancer.  More specifically, this project aims to identify whether such screening strategy can reduce overdiagnosis and can improve cancer detection and reduce unnecessary biopsies.  It also involves economic evaluation of risk-based screening programme as compared to age-based screening.

I am a co-investigator in a 4-year research project funded by Genome Canada to study personalised risk stratification for prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

I am a co-investigator in a Policy Research Unit project exploring primary care characteristics that may explain delay in cancer diagnosis.

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 at UCL I teach 3rd year clinical students (screening).

While at the University of Cambridge, I have taught undergraduate medical students and postgraduate students in public health and epidemiology for over five years.  I have been the module leader for the Health Promotion module for the MPhil Public Health and for the Cancer module for the MPhil Public Health and Epidemiology courses.  I have been MPhil Public Health student supervisor and examiner and academic supervisor for registrars in the East of England Public Health Specialty Training Programme.

I have experience in management of postgraduate training programme in public health, leading the first two out of three phases (i.e. the first three years) of the East of England Public Health Specialty Training Programme.  I have led the national assessment centre as part of the national recruitment to public health specialty training.

Appointments
05-SEP-2011 Senior Clinical Lecturer in Applied Health Research Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health 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
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2008 CCST Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training General Medical Council
2005 M.St. Master of Studies University of Cambridge
2004 MSc Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2001 CCST Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training American University of Beirut
1997 MD Doctor of Medicine American University of Beirut
1993 BSc Bachelor of Science American University of Beirut
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