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Helen Coleman

Dr Helen Coleman


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Research Interests

My general research interests are in cancer epidemiology, particularly modifiable risk factors for progression from pre-cancerous conditions to cancer and factors associated with recurrence or survival after a cancer diagnosis. I am also involved in several health services research projects that aim to optimise how individuals are treated and followed-up after a diagnosis of a pre-malignant condition or cancer. My research mostly uses data from population-based registers, existing cohort and case-control studies, and systematic reviews of these study designs. 


I have a strong interest in cancers of the digestive tract, especially colorectal cancer epidemiology, and I also have interests in gynaecological cancer epidemiology.  My current research projects include:

  • Colorectal cancer and polyps: serrated polyps, bowel cancer screening, pT1 cancer, factors associated with treatment receipt, molecular and nutritional epidemiology. 
  • Barrett's oesophagus and oesophageal adenocarcinoma: Northern Ireland Barrett's register co-investigator, interval cancers, risk factors for progression, molecular and nutritional epidemiology.
  • Other GI cancers/conditions: small intestine adenocarcinoma, oesophageal achalasia. 
  • Endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer: Northern Ireland Endometrial hyperplasia register principal investigator, risk factors, treatment options for women, cancer progression risk.


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 >60 Clinical, Community-based and Taught SSC modules that host 260-300 students each January, and responsibility for recruitment of new modules.

(ii) Year 1 SSC Module Co-ordinator: Global Cancer Trends.

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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