IGFS researcher lands top award

An IGFS researcher who investigates the link between nutrition and cancer has received a prestigious award from a leading cancer charity.

An article written by Dr Emma Allott which was published in a presitigious US cancer journal has been selected as one of just five 'Must Read' articles for 2018 by that journal.

The article, titled 'Early-life alcohol intake and high-grade prostate cancer: results from an equal access, racially diverse biopsy cohort,', was published in the November 2018 edition of Cancer Prevention Research, was was selected for the journal’s 'Must-Read 2018' special collection, based on usage, citations, and relevance to the journal's readership. 

In a separate development, Dr Allott, whose lectureship spans IGFS and the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s, was awarded ‘Post-Doctorate (Senior) Researcher of the Year 2019’ last month by the Irish Cancer Society at a glitzy ceremony in Dublin’s former House of Lords building.

Emma has received funding from the charity since 2016 for one of her main research projects, which focuses on the relationship between cholesterol and prostate cancer. Elsewhere, her research specialisms include obesity, breast cancer and molecular epidemiology.

Prior to joining Queen’s last year, Emma carried out research in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Trinity College Dublin as part of a partnership between the Irish Cancer Society, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health.

On receiving her award, Emma said: “Thanks to the Irish Cancer Society’s support, I’ve been able to find out potential links between cholesterol levels and advanced prostate cancer in men. The more we know about why men get advanced prostate cancer, the more we can do to stop it happening in the first place. Preventing prostate cancer means saving countless men from the often harsh treatment that comes with this disease. The Irish Cancer Society’s funding has allowed me to work with international experts and gain invaluable expertise. I plan to pass this knowledge on to future cancer researchers so that we can come even closer to stopping prostate cancer.”

The Irish Cancer Society invests in upwards of 100 science researchers every year and is now on track to invest €30 million in cancer research in the decade up to 2020. It relies on donations from the public; to get involved in its fundraiser Daffodil Day 2019, visit

Dr Allott (centre) is pictured receiving the award of Post-Doctorate (Senior) Researcher of the Year 2019 with Head of Research at the Irish Cancer Society, Dr Robert O’Connor and Newstalk radio broadcaster, Dr Ciara Kelly.