Dr Laura Woods

BA (Oxon) MSc PhD

Assistant Professor
(Cancer Research UK Postdoctoral Fellow)


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7612 7849

Laura completed her undergraduate degree in Human Sciences at Oxford University in 1999. After a year as a Political Research Assistant she enrolled at the School and completed her Master's degree in Medical Demography in 2001. She worked for a year with the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education, London, before joining Michel Coleman's Cancer Survival Group at the School in September 2002 as a research assistant. Subsequently, she was awarded a 3-year MRC doctoral studentship. Laura completed her PhD in September 2006.


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


Laura is joint Organiser on the Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology module by Distance Learning: one of the advanced modules undertaken by students enrolled in Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology. Laura co-supervises two PhD students. Laura has also taught on the in-house courses Statistical Methods for EPH; Research, Design and Analysis; and Demographic Methods. Additionally she lectures each year on the "Cancer Survival: Principles, Methods and Applications" short course.


In Laura's first year with the Cancer Survival Group she worked on the demographic aspects of "Trends and Socio-Economic Inequalities in Cancer Survival up to 2001", a twelve month research project on national data from England and Wales, and its extension project that expanded the analysis to the whole of the United Kingdom. Her thesis topic, an international comparative study of breast cancer survival, built upon survival work already underway in the Unit, and included 12 months research study leave at the Cancer Epidemiology Research Unit, The Cancer Council NSW, Sydney. Laura is now funded by a personal postdoctoral fellowship awarded by Cancer Research UK which seeks to examine the determinants of low survival amongst women with breast cancer in England in comparison to Australia, and in poorer women in comparison to richer women in the United Kingdom. She was also PI on a NAEDI-funded grant examining the role of screening in relation to survival differentials in the UK.

Research Area
Health inequalities
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
International comparisons
Disease and Health Conditions
United Kingdom
European Union
OECD members

Selected Publications

Large differences in patterns of breast cancer survival between Australia and England: A comparative study using cancer registry data.
Woods, L.M.; Rachet, B.; O'Connell, D.; Lawrence, G.; Tracey, E.; Willmore, A.; Coleman, M.P.;
Int J Cancer
Origins of socio-economic inequalities in cancer survival: a review.
Woods, L.M.; Rachet, B.; Coleman, M.P.;
Ann Oncol
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