Dr Katie Wakeham
- Honorary Lecturer (Institute of Cancer Sciences)
Institute of Cancer Sciences
The epidemiology of HPV-associated ano-genital and oropharyngeal cancers is under going substantial change. Cervical cancer remains a major public health concern, particular in resource-limited settings. Evidence suggests that cancers associated with HPV, including oropharyngeal and vulval malignancies, may be increasing in incidence. The change in occurrence of these cancers may reflect an increase in HPV transmission. The screening programme and the HPV vaccine offer optimism that HPV-associated cancers can in the future be prevented.
To investigate the future burden of all HPV-associated cancers and the potential impact of both HPV vaccination and screening, a collaboration has been established between Professor Sheila Graham, Centre for Virus Research, University of Glasgow, Dr Kate Cuschieri, Scottish HPV Reference Laboratory, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Dr David Millan, Department of Pathology, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow and Dr Kimberly Kavanagh, Statistics, University of Strathclyde. We are members of the Scottish HPV Investigators’ Network (http://www.shine.mvm.ed.ac.uk/). Further work on the development of screening strategies for risk stratification of HPV-associated pre-cancers and malignancies among high-risk groups is underway in well-characterised cohorts, as is HPV-associated biomarker testing for oropharyngeal, anal and vulval cancers. These research projects benefit from the wealth of biological samples and data held in the NHS Research Scotland’s national tissue bank and Information Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland.
Clinician in Clinical Oncology
Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre
1053 Great Western Road
Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.
- The epidemiology and significance of human papillomavirus in anal intraepithelial neoplasia and anal cancer.
2014 - 2016
- The prognostic significance of HPV in vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia and vulvar cancer.
2013 - 2016
- The epidemiology of human papillomavirus associated oropharyngeal cancers in the west of Scotland
2012 - 2013