Prof Claudia Allemani
Professor of Global Public Health
My background covers the range from applied mathematics to public health and education, via epidemiology and medical statistics. I graduated in mathematics from the University of Turin (Italy) in 1996, then completed an MSc degree in Statistical and Informatic Methods for data analysis in the University of Milan (Italy) in 1998, followed by a specializzazione [PhD equivalent] in Medical Statistics in 2001 and a PhD in Public Health and Education in 2006, both in the University of Pavia (Italy). I was elected a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in July 2012. I became an Honorary Member of the UK Faculty of Public Health in March 2014 and I was awarded the Faculty’s inaugural Global Public Health Award in June 2016. I obtained a European Research Council Consolidator grant in November 2017 to carry out a world-wide study on inequalities in survival from cancers of the breast, cervix and ovary. Since January 2020, I have been a member of the European Cancer Patient Coalition Scientific Committee. I joined The Lancet Oncology International Advisory Board in January 2021.
I was a Research Fellow in Medical Statistics and Epidemiology in Pavia (Italy) from 1998 to 2001. From 2001 to 2011, I worked as a Research Fellow in the Epidemiology Unit, Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan (Italy), on EUROCARE (European Cancer Registry-based study of survival and care of cancer patients) and related studies, and on the HAEMACARE project (haematological malignancies). I have been working in the Cancer Survival Group at LSHTM since October 2011.
I am involved in various teaching modules of the MSc Epidemiology, MSc Medical Statistics and other MSc courses, and in the Advanced Course in Epidemiological Analysis. I am a co-organiser of the short course Cancer Survival: Principles, Methods and Applications, and I was a co-organiser of the Survival Analysis module during 2020-2022 . I am a tutor on the Epidemiology MSc and I supervise several PhD students in EPH and PHP faculties. I was one of the two Departmental Research Degree Co-ordinators for NCDE (2013-2019).
My main interests are in international comparisons of cancer survival trends, “high-resolution” studies on patterns of care and short-, medium- and long-term survival, as well as the estimation of avoidable premature deaths, with a focus on their impact on cancer policy. I have over 20 years’ experience in this domain. I lead a team of five researchers on data management, quality control and survival analysis for the global surveillance of cancer survival (CONCORD), for which I am co-Principal Investigator. I am also PI of the ERC-funded VENUSCANCER project.
I collaborate with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and several agencies focused on cancer control, including the WHO, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the French National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, as well as the European Cancer Patient Coalition.