EPIC – Case in Point: the value of collaboration

EPIC investigators from 10 countries and 23 centres have been collaborating for over 20 years. The success of EPIC and our longstanding future is dependent on our collaborative and supportive culture. The concept of EPIC could not have been successful without each and every one of our researchers, investigators, support staff and committee members driving the cohort forward, while adapting to the evolving research environment. Collaboration can be transformational, highlighted earlier this year by the MIT Sloan, Boston Consulting Group and the United Nations Global Compact report on Joining Forces. Notably, EPIC research has contributed to the identification of an increased cancer risk in overweight/obese individuals, particularly in relation with the cancers of the colon and rectum, breast (after menopause), endometrium, ovary, kidney, liver and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Further, EPIC as well as other large prospective cohorts, have found that the effect of physical activity on cancer risk is seen at different levels of BMI and conversely, increased BMI is a risk factor for subjects at different levels of obesity.

EPIC investigators are always open to new collaborative initiatives, and any researchers with novel and innovative proposals are encouraged to get in touch with our EPIC Coordination team to identify any synergies in future collaborative projects. Please contact c.berry@imperial.ac.uk

Clare Berry

Clare Berry

Scientific Project Coordinator at Imperial College London
Clare Berry is a Scientific Project Coordinator at Imperial College, and takes on a project management role for the EPIC Cohort. Working from one of EPIC’s coordination centres, she manages the general day-to-day running of the cohort.

Research Interests: Clare Berry's background in research is diverse, including research into ovarian cancer, breast cancer, mammary gland biology and finally preterm neonate research and ventilation. After leaving the bench side for a more managerial role, she continues to show a keen interest in cancer research, and through the EPIC community is able to work alongside exceptional scientists making tangible public health impact through their discoveries.
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