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Early Cancer Institute


Congratulations to Professor Douglas Easton who is one of nine Cambridge scientists to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Doug is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at the Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology, Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, and a member of the Early Cancer Institute. He joins over 60 exceptional scientists from around the world elected as Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society this year.

Professor Easton’s main research interests are in cancer genetics. He analyses large population studies to identify genetic variants that predispose to cancer, and to understand how they combine together with other factors to determine cancer risk.

His work has characterised many important cancer genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, and identified hundreds of common cancer predisposition variants in the non-coding genome. He co-developed the BOADICEA risk prediction model now used worldwide to guide genetic counselling and cancer prevention.

He said: "I am truly delighted and honoured to be elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society. This prestigious honour is a tribute the work of many wonderful colleagues in Cambridge and worldwide, over many years, who have made the research possible."

Other members of the CRUK Cambridge Centre to be elected are Centre Director Professor Richard Gilbertsona paediatric physician-scientist, and Paul Lehner, Professor of Immunology and Medicine at the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease.

Find out more about our three Centre members on the CRUK Cambridge Centre website.