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Dr Laura Woods

BA (Oxon) MSc PhD

Associate Professor

Room
254

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7612 7849

Laura completed her undergraduate degree in Human Sciences at Oxford University in 1999 and her Master's degree in Medical Demography in 2001. She joined the Cancer Survival Group in September 2002 where she completed her PhD "International differences in breast cancer survival and 'cure' by social deprivation: a comparative study of England and Australia" in September 2006.

Affiliations

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

Teaching

Laura is Co-Module 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 and 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.

Research

Laura's research to date has focussed on inequalities in cancer survival in the UK, specifically examining patterns and trends by deprivation for all cancers as well as the role of screening and pre-diagnostic covariables in explaining socio-economic and ethnic differences in breast cancer survival. She is currently Co-PI on an ESRC-funded study examining the specific influence of the socio-economic environment, independently of the a patient's individual deprivation status, upon survival for 6 common cancers in England. She has developed her interests in early cancer detection more recently, and is currently PI on a Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund grant examining the potential of using a machine learning algorithm on primary care records to identify patients at higher risk or developing pancreatic cancer.

Research Area
Health inequalities
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
Inequalities
International comparisons
Discipline
Demography
Epidemiology
Statistics
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Cancer
Non-communicable diseases
Country
Australia
Switzerland
United Kingdom
Sweden
Region
European Union
OECD members

Selected Publications

Temporal and geographic changes in stage at diagnosis in England during 2008-2013: A population-based study of colorectal, lung and ovarian cancers.
Muller P; Woods L; Walters S
2020
Cancer Epidemiology: the international journal of cancer epidemiology, detection and prevention
Impact of deprivation on breast cancer survival among women eligible for mammographic screening in the West Midlands (UK) and New South Wales (Australia): Women diagnosed 1997-2006.
Woods LM; Rachet B; O'Connell D; Lawrence G; Coleman MP
2016
International journal of cancer Journal international du cancer
Multivariable flexible modelling for estimating complete, smoothed life tables for sub-national populations.
Rachet B; Maringe C; Woods LM; Ellis L; Spika D; Allemani C
2015
BMC public health
Cancer incidence, survival and mortality: explaining the concepts.
Ellis L; Woods LM; Estève J; Eloranta S; Coleman MP; Rachet B
2014
International journal of cancer Journal international du cancer
Full dates (day, month, year) should be used in population-based cancer survival studies.
Woods LM; Rachet B; Ellis L; Coleman MP
2012
International journal of cancer Journal international du cancer
'Cure' from breast cancer among two populations of women followed for 23 years after diagnosis.
Woods LM; Rachet B; Lambert PC; Coleman MP
2009
Annals of oncology
Large differences in patterns of breast cancer survival between Australia and England: a comparative study using cancer registry data.
Woods LM; Rachet B; O'Connell D; Lawrence G; Tracey E; Willmore A; Coleman MP
2009
International journal of cancer Journal international du cancer
'Cure' from breast cancer amongst two populations of women followed for twenty-three years after diagnosis (poster presentation)
Woods LM; Rachet B; Lambert PL; Baum M; Coleman MP
2008
NCRI Cancer Conference
Flexible, multivariable models to estimate complete life tables
Rachet B; Maringe C; Woods L; Ellis L
2008
American journal of epidemiology
Origins of socio-economic inequalities in cancer survival: a review.
Woods LM; Rachet B; Coleman MP
2005
Annals of oncology
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