Marie Cantwell


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Personal profile

Research Interests

My research is focused on elucidating the link between dietary intake and cancer risk and progression.  The work concentrates on four main areas: (1) Analysis of dietary intake data within large cohorts and randomised controlled trials (2) Development of interventions to promote long term behaviour change (3) Human nutrition intervention studies with whole foods and whole diets examining clinically relevant endpoints (3) Developing  evidence based guidelines through systematic reviews and meta-analyses of dietary intake and cancer risk and progression (4) Collaboration with NI Biobank to examine the relationship between nutrition/obesity related molecular markers in tumour tissue and cancer progression.  


Achievements and Distinctions 

  • National Cancer Institute, Cancer Prevention Fellow 2002-2005

  • National Cancer Institute Visiting Fellow 2001-2002

  • World Cancer Research Fund award

Grant Review

  • Cancer Research UK Population Sciences Committee Epidemiology Grant reviewer 2015 to date
  • Horizon 2020 grant reviewer 2014
  • Horizon 2020 grant reviewer 2016



Working group member of the National Cancer Institute Barrett’s and Eesophageal Adenocarcinoma Consortium (BEACON)

UK Biobank Endeometrial Cancer working group member

International Agency for Research on Cancer working group member for monograph 114, Carcinogenicity of red and processed meat.

NIHR working group member Nutrition and Cancer Infrastructure collaboration


Dissertation supervisor

PhD; Masters in Public Health;


Undergraduate teaching

Alu2008 Diet and Health:  Use of photographs and food frequency questionnaires to measure heterocyclic amines  (practical), bone health (lecture), vegetarianism (lecture), diet, salt and hypertension (lecture), healthy eating and food shopping (lecture), dental health and diet (lecture). 

  • Module co-ordinator, Student Selected Component Nutrition and Cancer, 3rd year Medical, September 2007 to date.
  • Module coordinator- tutorials and assignment - Concepts in People and Populations MED2015, March 2010 to date


Postgraduate Teaching

  • Lecturer Master's of Science in Public Health September 2008 to date
  • Lecturer Masters Global Health 2014
  • Lecturer Masters Translational Medicine 2014
  • Developed and taught a 2-day Introduction to Stata course, 2007-2012, this course is now available through the Staff training and Development Unit.
  • Nutrition Epidemiology workshop- University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur - Feb 2011

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Projects 2007 2014

R1096CPH: ESRC - Centre of excellence - Studentships

Kee, F., Campbell, D., Cantwell, M., Cupples, M., Donnelly, M., Hutchinson, G., Longo, A., Marshall, A., McCann, J., McKinley, M., Moore, M., Murray, L., O'Reilly, D., Patterson, C., Prior, L., Woodside, J. & Young, I.


Project: Research

Research Output 2000 2018

8 Citations (Scopus)
93 Downloads (Pure)

Citrus fruits intake and oral cancer risk: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Cirmi, S., Navarra, M., Woodside, J. V. & Cantwell, M. M., Jul 2018, In : Pharmacological Research. 133, p. 187-194

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Mouth Neoplasms
Pharyngeal Neoplasms
92 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Stomach Neoplasms
Cohort Studies
Prospective Studies
2 Citations (Scopus)
Organic pollutants
Rural Population
21 Citations (Scopus)
184 Downloads (Pure)

Evaluation of PTGS2 expression, PIK3CA mutation, aspirin use and colon cancer survival in a population-based cohort study.

Gray, R. T., Cantwell, M. M., Coleman, H. G., Loughrey, M. B., Bankhead, P., McQuaid, S., O'Neill, R. F., Arthur, K., Bingham, V., McGready, C., Gavin, A. T., Cardwell, C. R., Johnston, B. T., James, J. A., Hamilton, P. W., Salto-Tellez, M. & Murray, L. J., 27 Apr 2017, In : Clinical and translational gastroenterology. 8, e91.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cyclooxygenase 2
Colonic Neoplasms
Cohort Studies
162 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Colorectal Neoplasms
Mental Health

Activities 2006 2016

Horizon 2020 European Commission Invited expert reviewer of grant applications

Marie Cantwell (Member)
Jan 2016

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

Member of the UK Biobank Endometrial Cancer Working Group

Marie Cantwell (Member)
Apr 2015

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

Cancer Research UK (External organisation)

Marie Cantwell (Reviewer)
Apr 2015

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

Working group member of the NIHR infrastructure for nutrition and cancer collaboration

Marie Cantwell (Member)
Nov 2015

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

Invited speaker All Ireland Cancer Consortium Conference

Marie Cantwell (Speaker)
May 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


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


A Randomised Controlled Trial of a diet and physical activity intervention in prostate cancer patients and related studies

Author: O'Neill, R. F., Jul 2013

Supervisor: Cantwell, M. (Supervisor) & Murray, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy