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Dr Melanie Morris

BA(Hons) MSc PhD

Assistant Professor

Room
104

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7612 7963

I graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Psychology and then taught in schools for several years before embarking on an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School. I followed this with a PhD at the School looking at socio-economic differences in women’s use of primary care for fertility problems. Since finishing my PhD, I worked for a year at UCL, in the Health Behaviour Research Centre (now the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health), on a CRUK-funded project developing materials to raise awareness of gynaecological cancers and encourage early presentation to primary care. I returned to LSHTM in May 2012 to work in the Cancer Survival Group on a study into ethnic and deprivation differences in breast cancer survival, and then leading the Cancer Policy Programme - a small team investigating variations in cancer outcomes in the UK and in comparison with Nordic countries.

I now work in the Health Services Research and Policy department, on the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership, trying to establish which health system factors may explain some of the differences in cancer survival seen between countries with comparable health systems. 

Affiliations

Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology
Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Centres

Centre for Global Chronic Conditions

Teaching

Since starting my PhD, I have taught on the Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology, on the Fundamentals of Epidemiology module, spending four years as Module Organiser for the module Writing and Reviewing Scientific Papers. I still teach on Fundamentals of Epidemiology, running live web-based seminars and marking assignments. I also teach in-house at LSHTM on Extended Epidemiology and I was co-Module Organiser for the Epidemiology in Practice course on the MSc Epidemiology until 2017. I now co-organise Issues in Public Health for the MSc Public Health. I am Deputy Chair of the MSc Epidemiology Exam Board.

Research

I now work in the Health Services Research and Policy department, on the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership, trying to establish which health system factors may explain some of the differences in cancer survival seen between countries with comparable health systems. I am Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions, with responsibility for the Epidemiology theme, seminars and the student group. 

Research Area
Health inequalities
Health services research
Health systems
Primary care
Public health
Health services
Inequalities
Discipline
Epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Cancer
Non-communicable diseases
Country
United Kingdom
Region
European Union

Selected Publications

Which patients are not included in the English Cancer Waiting Times monitoring dataset, 2009-2013? Implications for use of the data in research.
Di Girolamo, C. ; Walters, S. ; Gildea, C. ; Benitez Majano, S. ; Coleman, M.P. ; Rachet, B. ; Morris, M. ;
2018
Br J Cancer
Characteristics of patients with missing information on stage: a population-based study of patients diagnosed with colon, lung or breast cancer in England in 2013.
Di Girolamo, C. ; Walters, S. ; Benitez Majano, S. ; Rachet, B. ; Coleman, M.P. ; Njagi, E.N. ; Morris, M. ;
2018
BMC Cancer
Do cancer survival statistics for every hospital make sense?
Morris, M. ; Quaresma, M. ; Pitkäniemi, J. ; Morris, E. ; Rachet, B. ; Coleman, M.P. ;
2016
Lancet Oncol
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