Impact of Covid-19 and the suspension on the breast screening programme – Professor Stephen Duffy, Director of the Policy Research Unit in Cancer Awareness, Screening and Early Diagnosis

This talk will help delegates to:
• Know the range of likely effects of the 2020 lockdown on future breast cancer outcomes.
• Understand the complexities of such estimation.
• Consider possible longer-term effects on screening participation and therefore outcomes.

Stephen Duffy is a statistician by training, educated at the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College, London. He has worked in the UK, Singapore, France, Sweden and Russia. His research has been mainly in cancer epidemiology, prevention and screening, including work on the pioneering Swedish Two-County Trial of breast cancer screening, on which the UK’s national breast screening programme was based. Since then he has taken a major role in a number of other trials of cancer screening, in breast, colorectal and lung cancer. These include the UK Age Trial of mammographic screening in women aged 40-49, the UK Trial of Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, the UK Lung Screening Trial, the UK FIT Pilot and the FH01 and FH02 studies of annual mammography in young women at enhanced familial risk of breast cancer.
Duffy is currently Professor of Cancer Screening at Queen Mary University of London and director of the Policy Research Unit in Cancer Awareness, Screening and Early Diagnosis, funded by the Department of Health. It is a collaboration between researchers from seven institutions. The aim of the unit is to carry out research to inform policy to promote earlier diagnosis of cancer, symptomatically or by screening, and as a consequence bring down mortality from cancer. His personal research focuses on interventions to make cancer screening more accessible and acceptable to all sectors of the population.

Resilience and innovation in education – Dr Claire Mercer, Head of Radiography, University of Salford

This talk will help delegates to:
• Gain an understanding of the PhD by publication ‘journey’.
• Develop a knowledge of the Society of Radiographers Research Strategy.
• Understand the importance of undertaking research to support the patient pathway.

Claire Mercer qualified as a Radiographer in 1995 from S. Martin’s College, Lancaster. She worked in as a Radiographer for 5 years and then progressed into the field of Mammography. She developed into an advanced practitioner, followed by Superintendent and completed her MSc with distinction in Advanced Medical Imaging in 2011. The following year Claire completed her PhD at the University of Salford. Her research work is centred on practitioner variation in breast compression and Claire has published several papers in this area. She is currently Head of Radiography at the University of Salford.