Dr Fiona Walter leads the Cancer Group in the Primary Care Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, at the University of Cambridge. The Cancer Group’s objective is to deliver world-class research focusing on the cancer pathway, from prevention, screening, early detection and diagnostics to post-treatment care; we also focus on translating genetics advances into primary care. Her research expertise lies across the primary care research spectrum and includes randomised controlled trials, cohort studies and systematic reviews; she has a particular interest in patient experiences and qualitative and mixed methods approaches.
She has won research grants totalling more than £25 million in the UK and AU$5 million in Australia, and published over 180 peer reviewed articles including in Nature, Lancet, BMJ and JAMA. Fiona co-leads the CanTest Collaborative, Cancer Research UK’s first Catalyst award, aiming to accelerate progress towards improving cancer outcomes by focussing on the transformative implementation in primary care of tests to support early detection of cancer. She is also co-investigator on the £5m NIHR Policy Research Unit in Cancer Awareness, Screening and Early Diagnosis, led by Prof Stephen Duffy (QMUL).
Current UK leadership roles include membership of Cancer Research UK’s Early Detection Committee and Cambridge Cancer Centre’s Early Detection Committee. Her international work is marked by an honorary academic role at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she contributes to parallel programmes of work on improving outcomes for cancer patients. She also co-leads research in South Africa and Uganda, and contribute to research in Europe (Denmark, the Netherlands) and the US. Her educational and capacity building work is marked by the setting up and delivery of the CanTest International School in Cancer Detection Research in Primary Care, and her role as Training Lead for Cambridge in the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.
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