Murray, Professor Liam J
Keywords: cancer; pharmacoepidemiology; epidemiology; pre-malignant disease
Liam is a Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, is currently Acting Director of the Centre for Public Health at QUB and is the Directors of the QUB Masters in Public Healt. He has a particular interest in cancers of the upper gastro-intestinal tract, especially oesophageal adenocarcinoma. He is PI of the all-Ireland case-control study of oesophageal adenocarcinoma and Barrett’s oesophagus (the finbar study) and a cohort study of Barrett’s oesophagus – the Northern Ireland Barrett’s Register. He has strong links with the National Cancer Institute, USA, including being a member of the NCI sponsored Barrett’s Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Consortium of oesophageal adenocarcinoma and Barrett’s studies (BEACON). His research into risk of cancer in Barrett’s oesophagus was recently cited in the British Society of Gastroenterology Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Barrett’s esophagus and has influenced surveillance practice in this field. He also has a major interest in pharmaco-epidemiological studies in the cancer field with a focus on the impact of commonly prescribed medications on cancer incidence and progression and has recently published in this field using data from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink and the English National Cancer Data Repository. He is a founder member of a Europe-wide network of researchers interested in cancer pharmaco-epidemiological research. He is also in the process of establishing, within Northern Ireland, unique tissue and databanks that will enable Molecular Oncology and Molecular Pathology Epidemiology studies to be undertaken exploring risk factors for cancer development/ progression on a population basis stratified by tumour molecular characteristics/ profiles. He is developing a programme of cancer research in low/middle income countries especially Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.