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Nathalie Massat, MRes (Paris VII, France); MSc (UCL, UK); PhD (Dundee, UK)

Senior Statistician

Centre for Cancer Prevention
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Dr Nathalie Massat

By training I am both a statistician and a biologist (MRes Immunology & Haematology, 1996, Denis Diderot University of Paris 7, France; PhD Biochemistry, 2003, University of Dundee, UK; MSc Statistical Science, 2004, University College London, UK).

After completing my PhD in cancer immunology, I held a post-doctoral research scientist post in cancer cell biology working on apoptosis. In 2004, I joined a group of statisticians involved in the European SAFE FOODS project, established to assess the safety of the European food chain (for details, see

From 2007, I worked as a research statistician for translational medicine studies and early phase clinical trials for pain medicines at Pfizer Ltd.

In 2011, I joined the Policy Research Unit (PRU) in Cancer awareness, screening and early diagnosis team at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine. My research interest is in primary cancer prevention.

I am currently involved in the evaluation of the NHS Breast and Bowel cancer screening programmes using large case-control studies with complex designs.

The issue of overdiagnosis in breast screening is of particular interest and I am a member of the European Screening Network (EUROSCREEN) working group. Addressing biases which are specific to the case-control design is an important aspect of my work.

I also support projects aimed at improving the uptake of screening tests, such as community intervention projects, and collaborate with research scientists to develop screening tools using cancer-specific biomarkers.

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