Úna McMenamin

    Dr Úna McMenamin

    Research Fellow

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    Research Interests

    My research interests are primarily within the area of cancer epidemiology. Specifically, I am interested in the identification of modifiable risk factors for cancer development and progression, in particular for hormonally driven cancers (breast, endometrial) and gastrointestinal cancers (oesophageal, bowel), as well as their precursor conditions.

    I currently hold a Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship (May 2016-2019) where I undertake population-based studies to investigate the influence of reproductive factors, sex hormones, hormone-modulating medications on upper gastrointestinal cancer development. This project involves collaboration with researchers from the Belgian Cancer Registry (Brussels, Belgium) and the National Cancer Institute (Washington DC, USA).

    My previous postdoctoral work and PhD studies focused on the investigation of common medication use (such as aspirin and statins) and its impact on survival in patients diagnosed with cancers of the breast, prostate, bowel and endometrium using data from large health administrative datasets including the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD).


    I have experience of delivering tutorials and lectures to undergraduate Medicine students in both small and large groups specifically within the areas of population research, study designs, public health, cancer epidemiology and nutrition. I am also involved in the supervision of Masters and PhD students in the areas of epidemiology and public health. 


    I have an interest in public engagement and have participated in and assisted in the organisation of a number of public engagement activities and events to promote the ongoing work within my research centre.

    As Centre Representative for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences Postdoc Society, I have been involved in the organisation of a number of Postdoc career development initiatives and events.

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Dr McMenamin is interested to hear from students and clinical trainees who wish to pursue PhD/MD/MPhil projects using population-based research methods to identify risk factors for cancer (or precancer) development and progression.

    Frequent Journals

    • International Journal of Cancer

      ISSNs: 0020-7136

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1097-0215

      Wiley-Liss Inc.

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 6.4 SJR 3.152 SNIP 2.182


    • Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

      ISSNs: 0269-2813

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2036


      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 4.01 SJR 3.917 SNIP 2.148


    • BMC Cancer

      ISSNs: 1471-2407

      BioMed Central

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.49 SJR 1.464 SNIP 1.066


    • Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention

      ISSNs: 1055-9965

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1538-7755

      American Association for Cancer Research Inc.

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 4.09 SJR 2.582 SNIP 1.41


    • Oncotarget

      ISSNs: 1949-2553

      Impact Journals

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 4.65 SJR 1.942 SNIP 1.039


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