Current Research

QUB Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research

research cancer researchCancer Focus NI Immunotherapy Research Project – 2020-2022

‘Exploiting the Immune Landscape of Oesophageal and Pancreatic Cancer’ – understand why some cancers are resistant to immunotherapy and identify which drugs can help overcome this resistance. Lead researchers: Dr Richard Turkington, Prof Richard Kennedy. Find out more.

Cancer Focus NI Research Fellowship – 2012-2020

‘Molecular and genetic characterisation of contralateral breast cancer (CBC) and the identification of markers of CBC risk: opportunities for personalised surgery’ – Lead researcher: Dr Kienan Savage. Find out more


‘Functional and clinical characterisation of genes involve in a novel BRCA1 interacting mRNA splicing complex’  – Lead researcher: Dr Kienan Savage. Find out more


Cancer Health Economics Research Fellow

Project involves analysis of: the costs and benefits of providing a skin cancer prevention programme;  a more personalised PSA testing; the effect tobacco control programmes are having on cancer; benefits of the bowel screening programme to date.  Lead researcher: Dr Ethna McFerran. Find out more.


E valuation of Smoking Prevention Programme

‘Randomised controlled trial evaluation of the Cancer Focus NI ‘Dead Cool’ Smoking Prevention Programme’. Jointly funded with the Public Health Agency Research and Development Office – Lead researcher: Dr Allen Thurston Find out more 


Northern Ireland Cancer Registry

‘Why do cancer patients die in hospital?’ : Part II ‘What enables Cancer Patients to Die at Home?’

Lead Researcher: Dr Anna Gavin.  Download the report here.


Concord project: The Northern Ireland element of an international programme for the global surveillance of cancer survival using routine cancer registry data – Lead researcher: Dr Anna Gavin


University of Ulster

‘The Musculoskeletal Consequences of Breast Reconstruction using the Latissmus Dorsi Muscle’

Lead researcher: Dr Iseult Wilson

‘EXACCT Study’

Lead Researcher: Dr Jackie Gracey


If you want to find out more or make a funding request for your research project, contact Julie on 028 9068 0744 or email