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Early detection of pancreatic cancer using clinical risk factors and serum biomarkers


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Research Interests

I am a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow within the Cancer Epidemiology Research Group at the Centre for Public Health at Queen's University Belfast. 

My research mostly focuses on the early detection of gastrointestinal cancers such as pancreatic cancer and oesophageal cancer, as well as pre-malignant conditions such as pancreatic cysts and Barrett’s oesophagus. My main experience is in the analysis of large datasets such as the UK Biobank to investigate methods to identify individuals at a high risk of cancer, in order to facilitate early detection.

I also have research interests in the role of modifiable risk factors (such as alcohol and nutrition) in cancer risk and progression.

I have over 3 years of experience working with the Northern Ireland Barrett's register, which is housed within the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry. I have applied similar population-based registry methodology to study colorectal polyps and endometrial hyperplasia epidemiology. I have also conducted many systematic reviews of lifestyle factors and biomarkers in cancer risk and progression. 

I have previously spent time conducting research at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.

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Research Output

  • External validation of a model to determine risk of progression of Barrett’s oesophagus to neoplasia

    Kunzmann, A. T., Thrift, A. P., Johnston, B. T., McManus, D. T., Gavin, A. T., Turkington, R. C. & Coleman, H. G., 01 May 2019, In : Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 49, 10, p. 1274-1281

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Fusobacterium nucleatum tumor DNA levels are associated with survival in colorectal cancer patients

    Kunzmann, A. T., Proença, M. A., Jordao, H. W., Jiraskova, K., Schneiderova, M., Levy, M., Liska, V., Buchler, T., Vodickova, L., Vymetalkova, V., Silva, A. E., Vodicka, P. & Hughes, D. J., 31 Jul 2019, In : European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    • 2 Invited talk

    Epidemiology of oesophageal cancer The Importance of looking at the person and their disease

    Andrew Kunzmann (Invited speaker)
    10 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Cancer Epidemiology: from Northern Ireland to Mongolia

    Charlene McShane (Invited speaker), Andrew Kunzmann (Invited speaker)
    Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk