I focus on cancer prevention and reduction of cancer-related symptoms in both clinical and population-based research. My cancer prevention work is divided into two strands – physical activity and HPV vaccination. I am also interested in biological mechanisms of cancer-related fatigue, and interventions to reduce fatigue.
In 2003, I graduated from the University of Ulster with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy. Following this I commenced a PhD in the area of cancer-related fatigue. This involved designing and completing a prospective, longitudinal survey investigating the fatigue experience of gynaecological cancer patients. Now that I am at QUB, I have been given the opportunity to work with CCRCB to identify infammatory markers of cancer-related fatigue in men with prostate cancer receiving radiotherapy in order to improve the understanding of the pathophysiology of fatigue and improve targeted therapy for the symptom.
As a Senior Lecturer in Chronic Illness, I focus on cancer prevention, survival and reduction of cancer-related symptoms in both clinical and population-based research. As a physiotherapist, I have an interest in ‘exercise as medicine’ and the role of physical activity in cancer prevention and survival. I am involved in a global Movember study on exercise and survival in advanced prostate cancer and have recently completed a Cancer Research UK (CRUK) study on physical activity in adolescents (STEALTH). I collaborate on the SPORT High-Risk Trial (PI Dr Jain) exploring fatigue and circulating chemokines during stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy for prostate cancer.
I have recently been awarded EU Horizon 2020 funding for a large European wide multi-centre project aimed at evaluating the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and mechanisms of action of two psychosocial and educational interventions aimed at improving the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer and their family caregiver. I am currently involved in a Cochrane review of the effectiveness of psycho-social interventions in this population. We have also developed an online resource designed by carers for carers and aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of families affected by cancer in Northern Ireland. The resource has been implemented regionally and has been evaluated as an acceptable and cost effective method to support the needs of families and carers. Additionally, I am involved in an international project in partnership with clinical and academic partners in Vietnam to adapt the resource for a Vietnamese population
Linked to my cancer prevention work, I have a growing interest in HPV-related cancers, and methods of enhancing HPV vaccination uptake.
Academic lead for Student Experience
Academic co-ordinator for peer mentoring
Chair of the Teaching Excellence Student Support Group
Member of the School research ethics committee
Member of CCRCB engagement committee
Member of the management committee of the Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI)
Executive Committee Member of Global Action on Men's Health
Member of National Cancer Research Institute Supportive and Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group.
Current Graduate Supervision:
The experience of men with low risk prostate cancer undergoing active surveillance.
Realistic evaluation of effective commectivity using digitial technology in disaster management in hospitals.
Currently funded research projects:
Brazil, K., Prue, G. & Reid, J. Dyadic Psychosocial and Educational Interventions for People with Advanced Cancer and their Informal Caregivers (DIAdIC): An International Randomized Controlled Trial, EU H2020. Jan 2019, 4 years
Prue G (PI), Jain S (QUB), O’Sullivan J (QUB), Murphy M (Ulster) (2017 - 2022) HSC R&D Division Subsidiary feasibility/pilot trial within the GAP4 Study: Physical Activity with End-State Prostate Cancer Patients.
Prue G (PI), Jain S (QUB), O’Sullivan J (QUB) (2017 – 2019). GAP4 Exercise and metabolic Health Project. Movember Foundation Australia. Jan 2017, 3 years.
Prue G (PI), Santin O (QUB) (2017). Let’s get active about waiting. Cancer Focus Northern Ireland/The Burdett Fund for Nursing. Jan 2017, 12 months.
Smith L (UCL) (PI); Prue G (QUB), Gough A (QUB), Kesten J (Bristol) (2016 - 2017). STEALTH: promoting physical activity across the life course through play. Cancer Research UK/BUPA Jan 2016, 12 months
Santin, O (QUB) (PI). Prue, G, Hudson, P (QUB). O Sullivan, J (QUB). Kelly, C (QUB). Using Information to prepare cancer caregivers to cope: translating evidence to practice. HSC R&D. August 2016, 18 months.
Prue G (QUB) (PI); Merriel S (University of Bristol); Kesten J (University of Bristol) (2015-2016). Young HIMMS (Human papillomavirus vaccination in men-who-have-sex-with-men). Cancer Research UK/BUPA. December 2015, 12 months.
I am responsible for teaching undergraduate nurses Health and Wellbeing, which is an amalgamation of life and social sciences. I lecture on the cardiovascular system, the musculskeletal system and pain.
Given my background in physiotherapy I also teach on the Postregistration CPD Orthopaedics and fracture trauma nursing course.
I am the School Student Support Officer and Chair the Teaching Excellence Student Support Group.
I am the academic co-ordinator for the peer mentoring system within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Achievements and Distinctions
Profiled in QUB publication 'DNA of Innnovation' November 2015
Willingness to take PhD students
Dr Prue is open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- Supportive and palliative care, with a particular interest in exercise
- Exercise training in ovarian cancer
- Pre-habilitation in lung cancer
- Exercise to enhance the effectiveness of radiotherapy
- Early online date
Using a six‐step co‐design model to develop and test a peer‐led web‐based resource (PLWR) to support informal carers of cancer patients
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Using an integrated conceptual framework to investigate parents’ HPV vaccine decision for their daughters and sons
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
"The only way round it is if every male child is vaccinated”; exploring the views of young men-who-have-sex-with-men towards HPV vaccination: a qualitative study.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Meeting abstract
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1099-1611
Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.18 SJR 1.667 SNIP 1.583
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2648
Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.37 SJR 1.052 SNIP 1.442
Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1433-7339
Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.55 SJR 1.297 SNIP 1.147
Scopus rating (2017): SJR 0.133 SNIP 0.167
ISSNs: 0959-8049, 1879-0852
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1879-0852
Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 6.01 SJR 2.963 SNIP 1.987
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Publication peer-review
Activity: Consultancy types › Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
Activity: Membership types › Membership of peer review panel or committee
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities