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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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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

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
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    148 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 130 Downloads (Pure)
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    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
  • 22 Citations (Scopus)
    230 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 210 Downloads (Pure)


    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

    Invited speaker All Ireland Cancer Consortium Conference

    Marie Cantwell (Speaker)
    May 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Invited expert International Agency for Research on Cancer/ World Health Organisation monograph 114. Red meat and processed meat and cancer risk.

    Marie Cantwell (Member)
    Apr 2015Oct 2015

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

    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

    Cancer Research UK (External organisation)

    Marie Cantwell (Reviewer)
    Apr 2015

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee


    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