Dr Laura Woods


Dr Laura Woods

A cancer epidemiologist by training, Laura has strong interest in social inequalities in cancer outcomes, particularly in relation to early diagnostic activity including screening. Laura’s research to date has focussed on inequalities in cancer survival in the UK, specifically examining patterns and trends by deprivation for all cancers as well as the role of screening and pre-diagnostic covariables in explaining socio-economic and ethnic differentials. Most recently Laura has examined the specific influence of the socio-economic environment, independently of the a patient’s individual deprivation status, upon survival, as well as the potential of applying AI-approaches to primary care records in order to identify patients at higher risk or developing cancer.

Laura is an Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Newcastle University

Areas of Expertise

Senior Lecturer in Public Health


Investigating and explaining contemporary patterns and trends in inequalities across the head and neck cancer pathway: understanding the roles of deprivation and region (2023-2024)

Developing a screening engagement index (SEI) for England (2023-2024)

Developing a risk score for pancreatic cancer diagnosis (2019-2023): https://icon.lshtm.ac.uk/risk-score-for-pancreatic-cancer/

Individual and contextual deprivation: Association with cancer outcomes and implications for cancer policy (2019-2021): https://icon.lshtm.ac.uk/individual-and-contextual-deprivation/


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