Dr Bernard Rachet MD PhD FFPH

Professor of Cancer Epidemiology


I qualified in medicine at the University of Saint-Etienne, France and worked as a clinician before entering epidemiological research. I completed an MSc in epidemiology in Paris and a PhD in epidemiology at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France. Before joining the School in July 2002, I spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow in Montréal (Canada) in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique - Institut Armand-Frappier. I worked mainly on cancer risks associated with occupational and environmental exposures, and on developments in methodology.




I have been involved in distance learning and various face-to-face courses at the School both on the Medical Statistics MSc and the Epidemiology MSc. Since 2006, I have been co-organiser with Professor Michel Coleman of our annual short course on cancer survival (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/ncdeu/cancersurvival/course2010/index.htm).

I was project organiser for the distance learning MSc Epidemiology: Principles and Practice until September 2007. I was one the two Departmental Research Degree Co-ordinators for NCDE in 2008-11.


My current research is centred on cancer survival, as co-principal investigator (with Michel Coleman) in two successive five-year Cancer Research UK Programme Grants (2005-2015). We are carrying out a wide range of projects to quantify, describe and explain patterns and trends in cancer survival by socio-economic group, geographic area and ethnicity, as well as extending the methodology and tools for survival analysis, in collaboration with many research partners in the UK and around the world.

Research areas

  • Health inequalities
  • International comparisons
  • Methodology
  • Public health
  • Statistical methods


  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cancer


  • East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
  • European Union
  • North America
  • OECD members


  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Other interests

  • Cancer Survival
  • Deprivation
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