• Room 01.037 - Mulhouse Building

    United Kingdom

1987 …2020

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1. The impact of cancer screening on health. The impact of PSA testing on Prostate Cancer Epidemiology and men's health - grant from UK Prostate Cancer Charity for work in this area. Breast cancer screening by mammography.

2. The epidemiology of skin cancer especially malignant melanoma.

3. The impact of cancer plans on changing cancer services. To this end the Registry regularly reviews patterns of care for the major cancers in N. Ireland - See NICR reports.

4. Benchmarking of cancer survival internationally.


Founding Director N. Ireland Cancer Registry & Part-time Information and Analysis Lead, National Cancer Intelligence Network http://www.ncin.org.uk/home.aspx of the National Cancer Research Institute http://www.ncri.org.uk/default.asp?s=0 .

Research Statement

I direct the work of the N. Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR) which assimilates and collates data on cancers and pre-malignant conditions in N. Ireland for research, education and planning of services. The NICR has several active research programmes:

1. The impact of PSA testing on prostate cancer epidemiology and men's healt.

2. The reasons for a hospital vs home death for cancer patients.

3. The effect of cancer plans on the delivery of cancer services.

4. Improving early diagnosis of cancer.

The NICR cooperates with the National Cancer Registry of Ireland to produce All Ireland Cancer Epidemiology reports and peer reviewed publications.

I am the N. Ireland lead for the Internal Cancer Benchmarking Partnership and was responsible for ensuring N. Ireland was included in this project examining differences in cancer survival across European, Australian and Canadian jurisdictions.


1. Lead Health & Social Care Module Masters in Public Health, QUB.

2. Cancer Epidemiology - input to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year curriculum medical undergraduates.

3. Input to Post Graduate Nursing Curriculum.

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Research Output

Adjustment strategies amongst black African and black Caribbean men following treatment for prostate cancer: findings from the Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis (LAPCD) study

Wagland, R., Nayoan, J., Matheson, L., Rivas, C., Brett, J., Collaço, N., Alexis, O., Gavin, A., Glaser, A. W. & Watson, E., Jan 2020, In : European Journal of Cancer Care. 29, 1, 9 p., e13183.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Age disparities in stage-specific colon cancer survival across seven countries: an ICBP SURVMARK-2 population-based study

    Pilleron, S., Charvat, H., Araghi, M., Arnold, M., Fidler-Benaoudia, M. M., Bardot, A., Guren, M. G., Tervonen, H., Little, A., O'Connell, D. L., Gavin, A., De, P., Aagaard Thomsen, L., Møller, B., Jackson, C., Bucher, O., Walsh, P. M., Vernon, S., Bray, F. & Soerjomataram, I., 02 Oct 2020, In : International Journal of Cancer.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A Qualitative Exploration of Prostate Cancer Survivors Experiencing Psychological Distress: Loss of Self, Function, Connection, and Control

    Matheson, L., Nayoan, J., Rivas, C., Brett, J., Wright, P., Butcher, H., Gavin, A., Glaser, A., Watson, E. & Wagland, R., 01 May 2020, In : Oncology Nursing Forum. 47, 3, p. 318-330

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Cancer Incidence Projections in Northern Ireland to 2040

    Northern Ireland Cancer Registry Group, 01 Jul 2020, In : Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 29, 7, p. 1398-1405 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Can different definitions of date of cancer incidence explain observed international variation in cancer survival? An ICBP SURVMARK-2 study

    Myklebust, T. Å., Andersson, T. M-L., Bardot, A., Vernon, S., Gavin, A., Fitzpatrick, D., Brenn Jerm, M., Rutherford, M. J., Maxwell Parkin, D., Sasieni, P., Arnold, M., Soerjomataram, I., Bray, F., Lambert, P. C. & Møller, B., 13 Jun 2020, In : Cancer epidemiology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Life After Prostate Cancer Conference (end of Study launch of results) 26 March 2019, QUB

    Aidan Cole (Invited speaker), , Anna Gavin (Organiser), & Pascal McKeown (Programme chair)

    26 Mar 2019

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

    Cancer Epidemiology (Event)

    Anna Gavin (Member)

    12 Jan 2017

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Health, Cancer & Mens Health

    Anna Gavin (Presenter)

    21 Feb 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    The work of the N. Ireland Cancer Registry, current priorities and 'wish list'

    Anna Gavin (Interviewee)

    22 Feb 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


    Anna Gavin (Participant)

    07 Jun 201610 Jun 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

    Aidan Cole & Anna Gavin


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment


    Re-assessment of Cancer risk in Barrett’s oesophagus.

    Fouad Yousef (Participant), Christopher Cardwell (Participant), Marie Cantwell (Participant), Karen Galway (Participant), Liam Murray (Participant), Lesley Anderson (Participant), Suzanne Murphy (Participant), Deirdre Fitzpatrick (Participant), Brian Johnston (Participant), Robert Watson (Participant), Peter McCarron (Participant), Anna Gavin (Participant), Shivaram Bhat (Participant), Helen Coleman (Participant), Damian McManus (Participant) & Helen Coleman (Participant)

    Impact: Health Impact, Quality of Life Impact


    Trace Element Abundance and Human Epidemiology in Northern Ireland: The Tellus Case Study

    Author: Barsby, A. V., McKinley, J., Ofterdinger, U., Young, M. & Gavin, A., Jul 2013

    Supervisor: McKinley, J. (Supervisor), Ofterdinger, U. (Supervisor), Young, M. (External person) (Supervisor) & Gavin, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy