June is the CRUK Oxford Centre’s Big Data Month

On June 28th the Cancer Research UK Oxford Centre will be holding our annual Symposium. The field of focus for this year’s event is Cancer Big Data and in the run up to this we will be posting a series of articles highlighting Big Data and its role in Oxford’s cancer research efforts.  Big data refers to complex, heterogeneous data sets that are used to understand the aetiology and consequences of disease so that we can improve treatment and prevention strategies. Cancer Big Data research covers a spectrum of data sets, from large cohorts with small per patient datasets (e.g. national biobanks such as CKB and UKB) to smaller, data rich cohorts (e.g. S:CORT). Oxford is uniquely placed in hosting and having expertise in analysing a wide range of data and cohort types and specialise in leveraging the different approaches in order to define both public health policy and develop novel personalised medicine strategies.

The search for pancreatic cancer biomarkers

Nuffield Department of Population Health researchers are using the China Kadoorie Biobank to identify potential protein biomarkers in the blood that could be used to predict the presence or development of pancreatic cancer

Early stage ‘red flag’ symptoms for pancreatic cancer

The ADEPTS study uses the QResearch database to better understand what ‘red flag’ symptoms may be associated with pancreatic cancer, in the hopes of promoting earlier diagnosis from primary care.

Understanding breast cancer risk in Chinese populations

Researchers from the Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU) are utilising the China Kadoorie Biobank to better understand how breast cancer risk factors may differ between individuals from Western and Eastern populations
Women

Using big data in breast cancer research

The Cancer Epidemiology Unit has been using the largest epidemiological data set of its kind to unlock the secrets of breast cancer, what can be done to prevent it, and which women are most likely to develop it

Virtual Annual Cancer Symposium 2020

Registration is now open for our 9th annual Symposium, now being held virtually.