Cancer and Nutrition NIHR infrastructure collaboration

Improving cancer prevention and care. For patients. For clinicians. For researchers.

Work streams

The Collaboration is working with relevant stakeholders to identify key research opportunities and priorities across the NIHR infrastructure, and explore opportunities for prosecuting a research agenda for the short, medium and long term.

The work will be divided into five streams

  1. Information provision and communication with cancer patients and the public
  2. Creating a skilled community of practice
  3. Identifying major research priorities
  4. Characterising nutritional status in cancer
  5. Opportunities for engagement with the commercial sector

Work stream 1

By listening to the opinions of patients and the public and giving them a voice, this work seeks to improve information provision to patients and fill clearly identified gaps in nutrition and cancer care.

Work stream lead: Lesley Turner

Members: 

Kate Allen – Executive Director, Science and Public Affairs, WCRF UK

Elspeth Banks – PPI Advocate – NCRI Psychosocial Oncology Survivorship CSG, NIHR Consumer Forum; Trustee of ICPV

Paul Charlton – PPI Advocate

Min Cheung – BRC PPI Manager, Royal Marsden

Jacqui Gath – PPI Advocate, ICPV

Victoria Iyamide Nnatuanya – Public Health Nutritionist, NCRI Consumer Forum

Natasha Jones – Specialist Dietitian in Haematology and Palliative Care, Cambridge NHS Addenbrookes

Dimitrios Koutoukidis – Research Associate, Energy Balance and Cancer Research Group, UCL

Mairead MacKenzie – PPI Advocate, ICPV

Ann Russell – PPI Advocate – NCRI Consumer Forum; NCRI Primary Care CSG; Colorectal CSG sub group

Hilary Stobart – PPI Advocate, ICPV and NCRI Breast CSG; NCRI Consumer Forum

Sophia Turner – PPI Advocate, Management Consultant KPMG

Information Provision and Communication with Cancer Patients and the Public - Work Stream Action Plan: Click to Download

 

Work stream 2
This work stream aims to establish better working relations between professional groups and to encourage and facilitate information sharing between the cancer and nutrition communities

 

Work stream lead: Professor Jane Murphy – Professor of Nutrition, Bournemouth University

Sponsor: Dr Fehmidah Munir – Reader in Health Psychology, Loughborough University

Members:

Ramsey Cutress – Associate Professor in Breast Surgery, Southampton University BRC

Mhairi Donald – Macmillan Consultant Dietitian, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust

Lucy Eldridge – Dietetic Team Leader – Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Karen Llewellyn-Date – Health Professions Engagement Education Senior Manager, Cancer Research UK 

Carol Granger – Doctoral researcher, University of Westminster

Victoria Iyamide Nnatuanya – Patient/public representative

Mairead MacKenzie – Patient/public representative

Dr Justin Roe – Clinical Service Lead – Speech & Language Therapy, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Joint Head of Department of Speech & Language Therapy, the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Jill Scott – Dietitian and Macmillan Learning & Development Manager for Bristol, Bath and Somerset, and Gloucestershire Next Steps Project

Professor Robert Thomas – Consultant Oncologist, Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Cambridge University Hospitals

Professor Martin Wiseman, Medical and Scientific Advisor, WCRF UK

Dr Catherine Zollman – Macmillan GP Cancer Lead for Bristol CCG and Clinical Lead, Penny Brohn UK

Creating a skilled community of practice - Work Stream Action Plan: Click to Download

 

Work stream 3
The third work stream will design a framework to improve public and patient-centred, nutritional research across the NIHR infrastructure for the prevention, management and palliation of cancer. It has recently been divided into three sub-groups, to reflect different remits of research.

Sub-group 1: Experimental – discovery to first in man 

Led by: Professor Karen Brown, Professor of Translational Cancer Research, University of Leicester

Members:

Dr Bernard Corfe – Senior Lecturer, Molecular Gastroenterology Research Group, University of Sheffield

Dr Vicky Coyle – Clinical Senior Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Sarah Danson – Professor of Medical Oncology and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology, University of Sheffield

Professor Mark Hull – Professor of Molecular Gastroenterology and Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist, University of Leeds

Professor Richard Martin – Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol Biomedical Research Unit

Professor Richard Mithen – Research Leader, Institute of Food Research

Dr Richard Skipworth – Consultant Surgeon, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer and NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Clinician

Dr James Thorne – Academic Fellow and Junior Group Lead, School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds

Dr Steve Wootton – Associate Professor in Human Nutrition, University of Southampton

Dr Thomas Yates – Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health, University of Leicester

 

Sub-group 2: Population health: cancer prevention and early detection 

Led by: Professor Annie Anderson – Professor of Public Health Nutrition, Dundee Centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening

Members:

Professor Janet Cade – Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Leeds

Dr Amanda Cross – Reader in Cancer Epidemiology, Imperial College London

Professor Richard Martin – Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol BRC

Dr Giota Mitrou – Director of Research Funding & Science External Relations, WCRF

Professor Andrew Renehan – Professor of Cancer Studies and Surgery, University of Manchester; Honorary Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

 

Sub-group 3: Nutritional care in people living with and beyond cancer

Led by: Professor Sam Ahmedzai – Emeritus Professor in Palliative Medicine, The University of Sheffield, and NIHR National Speciality Lead for Cancer – Supportive care and community-based research

Members:

Dr Rachael Barlow – Lecturer in Operating Department Practice, Cardiff and Vale UHB and Cardiff University

Professor David Bowrey – Consultant Surgeon / Honorary Professor, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Dr Chloe Grimmett – Senior Research Fellow, Macmillan Survivorship Research Group, University of Southampton

Professor Jane Hopkinson – Professor of Nursing, Cardiff University

Dr Dimitrios Koutoukidis – Research Associate, Energy Balance and Cancer Research Group, UCL

Natasha Jones – Advanced Specialist Dietitian: Haematology/TYA, Cambridge University Hospitals  NHS Trust

Dr Barry Laird – Clinician Scientist, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre

Dr Fehmidah Munir – Reader in Health Psychology, Loughborough University

Professor Jane Murphy – Professor of Nutrition, Bournemouth University

Ann Russell – Patient representative

Dr Clare Shaw – Consultant Dietitian, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Richard Skipworth – Consultant Surgeon, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer and NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Clinician

Professor Eila Watson – Professor of Supportive Cancer Care, Oxford Brookes University

Sally Wheelwright – Macmillan Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton

Dr Catherine Zollman – Macmillan GP Cancer Lead for Bristol CCG and Clinical Lead, Penny Brohn UK

 

Work stream 4
The team at the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research centre is preparing a proposal for a minimum toolbox of nutritional assessments for use in routine practice, and expanded options for more specialist application, which will be made available for clinicians, the research community and the wider NIHR infrastructure.

Work stream lead: Dr Bernard Corfe – Senior Lecturer, Molecular Gastroenterology Research Group, University of Sheffield. Bernard represents the Nutrition Society within the Cancer and Nutrition NIHR infrastructure collaboration. 

Sponsor: Dr Steve Wootton – Associate Professor in Human Nutrition, University of Southampton

Members: 

Elspeth Banks – Patient/public representative

Dr Sorrel Burden – Clinical Senior Lecturer in Dietetics, University of Manchester/Salford Royal Hospital

Dr Marie Cantwell- Senior Lecturer in Nutrition & Cancer Epidemiology, Queens University Belfast 

Jacqui Gath – Patient/public representative

Dr Vanessa Halliday – Senior Lecturer, ScHARR, University of Sheffield

Laura Miller – Clinical/team lead oncology dietitian, Nottingham University Hospitals 

Rhys White – Principal Oncology Dietitian, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

Professor Theresa Wiseman – Clinical Professor of Applied Health Research in Cancer Care, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and University of Southampton

Characterising nutritional status in cancer - Work Stream Action Plan: Click to Download

 

Work stream 5
This work stream will seek to identify possible opportunities for collaborating with industry. Industry encompasses a wide range of organisations and companies from pharmaceuticals to food producers and manufacturers of diagnostic equipment and many more.

Get involved

If you would like to get involved with any of the work streams, please get in touch.

 

Publications

Download publications here:

Phase One Summary Report : Click to download

 

 

 

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