Dr Laura Woods
BA (Oxon) MSc PhD
(Cancer Research UK Postdoctoral Fellow)
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.
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 one PhD student who is examining long-term predictions of survival, and supervising another examining long-term breast cancer survival in Geneva, Switzerland. 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 is also PI on a NAEDI-funded grant examining the role of screening in relation to survival differentials in the UK.