We say goodbye to Alex Whitmarsh

Alex has worked with us as our study statistician since 2019. He has been offered a role working in the Covid-19 Longitudinal Health and Wellbeing National Core Study in Bristol. This is a fantastic opportunity for Alex. We will miss him and wish him every success going forward. 


HEADSpAcE study meeting in Cartagena  

The HEADSpAcE and Voyager study groups held a joint annual meeting in Cartagena, Colombia in September 2022. The meeting presented the first opportunity to meet with international collaborators in person since the Covid pandemic. Alex Whitmarsh gave a great presentation entitled “Characteristics, treatment and survival of older people with head and neck cancer in the UK”. He presented data from Head and Neck 5000 which focused on determining if there are significant differences in the treatment and survival between older and younger age groups. The findings of the study have also been submitted for peer review publication.


Scanning of our histopathology slides

We are busy completing our digital histology imaging project which has been sponsored by the Showering Trust (Southmead Hospital, Bristol). This will create a valuable catalogue of over 5000 histology images, capturing details of tumour morphology alongside common tissue-based biomarker studies. The histopathological digital library will have direct linkage to our HN5000 epidemiological and pathological databases. Going forwards it will allow us to share histopathological and tissue-based biomarker data with a greater number of researchers.