Dr Maja Niksic

MSc MPhil PhD

Research Fellow
in Medical Statistics and Epidemiology


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7958 8258

Maja holds a PhD in Cancer Studies at King's College London (UK). Her study has investigated cancer symptom awareness and perception of barriers to seeking medical help in relation to breast, lung, and bowel cancer survival in England. She also holds an MPhil in Health Sciences, focused on medical decision making (mastectomy vs. lumpectomy) of women with early stage breast cancer, at the University of Leeds (UK). Her other degrees include a degree in psychology (PGDip. Psychology) from the University of Belgrade (Serbia) in 2005 and an MSc in International Public Health awarded in 2008, which was a joint degree completed at the University College London (UK), Queen Margaret University College Edinburgh (UK), and the University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

Maja joined the Cancer Survival Group in December 2015. Her previous work experience ranges from teaching courses such as SSC Psychiatry Research with Neuroscience, and Clinical Communication at King’s College London, volunteering with NGO’s for children with physical and cognitive disabilities, to working in psychiatric hospitals in Belgrade, Serbia. From 2008 to 2009 she was team leader of an interdisciplinary research team conducting a Randomised Controlled Trial at the University of Oxford, at the department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. 


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology


Maja is involved in teaching Statistics for Epidemiology and Public Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Introductory Course in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Design and analysis of epidemiological studies, and in the annual short course Cancer Survival: Principles, Methods and Applications.

She is supervising master students in DL MSc Epidemiology course.


Maja currently works in the CONCORD programme, which aims to quantify international differences and trends in cancer survival for fifteen major cancers in adults and leukaemia in children.

Maja is a reviewer of the grant applications for Early Diagnosis Advisory Group, Cancer Research UK. In November 2016 she was a member of a health academic panel of the UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI), with a task to review 42 research grant applications (budget £4 million).

Research Area
Health inequalities
Health outcomes
Public health
Behaviour change
Global Health
Disease and Health Conditions
European Union

Selected Publications

Global surveillance of trends in cancer survival 2000–14 (CONCORD-3): analysis of individual records for 37 513 025 patients diagnosed with one of 18 cancers from 322 population-based registries in 71 countries
Allemani, C.; Matsuda, T.; Di Carlo, V.; Harewood, R.; Matz, M.; Niksic, M.; Bonaventure, A.; Valkov, M.; Johnson, C.J.; Estève, J.; Ogunbiyi, O.J.; Silva, G.A.E.; Chen, W.-Q.; Eser, S.; Engholm, G.; Stiller, C.A.; Monnereau, A.; Woods, R.R.; Visser, O.; Lim, G.H.; Aitken, J.; Weir, H.K.; Coleman, M.P.
Ethnic differences in cancer symptom awareness and barriers to seeking medical help in England.
Niksic, M. ; Rachet, B. ; Warburton, F.G. ; Forbes, L.J. ;
Br J Cancer
Is cancer survival associated with cancer symptom awareness and barriers to seeking medical help in England? An ecological study.
Niksic, M.; Rachet, B.; Duffy, S.W.; Quaresma, M.; Møller, H.; Forbes, L.J.;
Br J Cancer
Using linguistic methods in clinical communication education
LI, S.; Said, F.F.S.; O'Neill, B.; Ancarno, C.; Niksic, M.
Cancer symptom awareness and barriers to symptomatic presentation in England-are we clear on cancer?
Niksic, M.; Rachet, B.; Warburton, F.G.; Wardle, J.; Ramirez, A.J.; Forbes, L.J.;
Br J Cancer
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