Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr McMenamin is interested to hear from students and clinical trainees who wish to pursue PhD/MD/MPhil projects using population-based research methods to identify risk factors for cancer (or precancer) development and progression.


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Personal profile

Research Interests

I am a Vice Chancellor's Patrick G. Johnston Fellow within the Cancer Epidemiology Research Group at the Centre for Public Health at Queen's University Belfast. My research interests primarily focus on the identification of modifiable risk factors for cancer development and progression, in particular for hormonally driven cancers such as gynaecological and breast, as well as other cancers and their precursor conditions.

In 2016-2019, I sucessfully managed a personal Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship where I conducted population-based studies to investigate the influence of reproductive factors, sex hormones and hormone-modulating medications on gastrointestinal cancer development. This project involved research visits to collaborators in the Belgian Cancer Registry (Brussels, Belgium) and the US National Cancer Institute (Maryland, USA).

My previous postdoctoral work and PhD studies focused on the investigation of common medication use (such as aspirin and statins) and its impact on survival in patients diagnosed with cancers of the breast, prostate, bowel and endometrium using data from large health administrative datasets including the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD).


I have experience of delivering tutorials and lectures to undergraduate Medicine students in both small and large groups specifically within the areas of population research, study designs, public health, cancer epidemiology and nutrition. I am also involved in the supervision of Masters and PhD students in the areas of epidemiology and public health. 


I have an interest in public engagement and have participated in and assisted in the organisation of a number of public engagement activities and events to promote the ongoing work within my research centre.


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Research Output

Exogenous Hormone Use, Reproductive Factors and Risk of Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma among Women: Results from Cohort Studies in the Liver Cancer Pooling Project and UK Biobank

Petrick, J., McMenamin, Ú., Zhang, X., Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, A., Wactawski-Wende, J., Simon, T. G., Sinha, R., Sesso, H. D., Schairer, C., Rosenberg, L., Rohan, T. E., Robien, K., Purdue, M. P., Poynter, J. N., Palmer, J. R., Lu, Y., Linet, M. S., Lee, I-M., Koshiol, J., Kitahara, C. M. & 17 others, Kirsh, V. A., Hoffman, J. N., Graubard, B. I., Giovannucci, E., Gaziano, J. M., Gapstur, S. M., Freedman, N. D., Florio, A. A., Chong, D. Q., Chen, Y., Chan, A. T., Buring, J. E., Freeman, L. E. B., Bea, J. W., Cardwell, C. R., Campbell, P. T. & McGlynn, K. A., 03 Mar 2020, (Accepted) In : British Journal of Cancer.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
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    Furosemide use and survival in patients with esophageal or gastric cancer : a population-based cohort study

    Liu, P., McMenamin, Ú. C., Spence, A. D., Johnston, B. T., Coleman, H. G. & Cardwell, C. R., 29 Oct 2019, In : BMC Cancer. 19, 1, p. 1017

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Real-world insights into risk of developing cardiovascular disease following GnRH agonists versus antagonists for prostate cancer: a methodological protocol to a study using five European databases

    George, G., Scailteux, L-M., Garmo, H., Balusson, F., Cardwell, C., Coster, G. D., Schutter, H. D., Kuiper, J. G., McMenamin, Ú., Verbeeck, J. & Van Hemelrijck, M., 18 Feb 2019, In : Fundamental & clinical pharmacology. 21 p.

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    Best poster award, Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences Postdoc Symposium

    Úna McMenamin (Recipient), Mar 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctorial Fellowship (£192,230)

    Úna McMenamin (Recipient), May 2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Cancer Translational Research Group Young Investigator Research Grant (£3,000)

    Úna McMenamin (Recipient), Feb 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland Travel Bursary

    Úna McMenamin (Recipient), Jul 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    British Gynaecological Cancer Society (External organisation)

    Úna McMenamin (Member)
    Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Invited Panel Member - Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Úna McMenamin (Invited speaker)
    10 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting

    Úna McMenamin (Participant)
    17 Jun 201920 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    National Cancer Research Institute Conference

    Úna McMenamin (Participant)
    03 Nov 201905 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Project grant reviewer, Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine and Health Sciences (Event)

    Úna McMenamin (Reviewer)
    Oct 2019 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Press / Media

    International media coverage of research study showing drinking coffee could reduce the chance of developing liver cancer

    Úna McMenamin


    9 items of Media coverage, 3 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Research

    Radio interview on World Cancer Day 2019

    Úna McMenamin


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Invited BMC Series blog: Exploring cancer risk in men on International Men’s day

    Úna McMenamin


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    National Postdoc Appreciation Week promotional video

    Úna McMenamin


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Cancer Research UK invited blog: Developing independence as a cancer epidemiologist

    Úna McMenamin


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities