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Helen Coleman

Dr Helen Coleman

Lecturer

Phone: 02890635049

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Research Interests

My general research interests are in cancer epidemiology, particularly risk factors for progression from pre-cancerous conditions to cancer and factors associated with recurrence or survival after a cancer diagnosis. 

I have a strong interest in cancers of the digestive tract, especially colorectal cancer epidemiology. I am currently involved in research projects relating to colorectal polyps and cancer, Barrett's oesophagus and oesophageal cancer, endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer. 

My research mostly investigates modifiable risk factors and cancer progression, particularly the role of nutrition, and I am increasingly interested in how these interact with molecular and genetic factors to influence cancer risk and survival.   For example, I am currently investigating vitamin D receptor and vitamin D related genetic variants in relation to colon cancer survival as part of a Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. 

Teaching

Dissertation supervisor

PhD; Masters in Public Health; BSc Human Biology; BSc Intercalating Medical Sciences.

SSC Programme

I am a member of the Student Selected Components (SSC) management committee.  SSCs are optional modules offered to undergraduate medical students during the first three years of their studies. I have two key roles as part of the SSC programme: 

(i) Year 3 Semester 2 SSC Co-ordinator: oversight of >50 Clinical, Community-based and Taught SSC modules.

(ii) Year 1 SSC Module Co-ordinator: Cancer Trends Around the World.

Other teaching roles

I deliver several tutorials and lectures on population research, study designs, global cancer incidence trends, nutrition and cancer epidemiology to undergraduate Medicine, Dentistry, Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition students, and to Masters in Public Health students. 

Achievements and Distinctions

Cancer Research UK Population Health Postdoctoral Fellowship 2013-2015

World Cancer Research Fund International Fellow 2010

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Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

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