Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis (SPED) Advisory Group

Call for Proposals – NCRI SPED Workshop to help Investigators develop ideas for studies in Screening, Prevention or Early Diagnosis

SPED will be holding a workshop on Wednesday 13 December 2017.  The aim of this workshop is to help investigators with ideas for studies to develop them into an application which can subsequently be submitted to a funding committee. We are therefore inviting brief outline proposals from investigators in the areas of screening, prevention or early diagnosis to discuss at the workshop. To allow sufficient discussion time, we hope to discuss approximately 6-9 proposals at the workshop.  Investigators will be invited to give a presentation, followed by a discussion on how the proposal might be developed.

The outline proforma is not onerous and will be treated in confidence. If we receive more applications than we can include in the workshop, we shall prioritise based on how developed the proposal is and this prioritisation will be made by the SPED Advisory Group Committee.

To access the application form, please visit the following link:


Dr David Baldwin

Professor David Baldwin

List of Members

Mr Hashim Ahmed
Professor Hugh Barr
Mr Christopher Blick
Dr Stella Bowcock
Professor John Britton
Professor Karen Brown
Professor Ian Cree
Dr Emma Crosbie
Dr Stefano Fedele
Dr Lorna Fern
Mr Jonathan Gregory
Dr Gareth Griffiths
Dr Peter Hall
Mr Tom Haswell
Professor Mark Hull
Most Rev Douglas Lewins
Dr Anne Mackie
Dr Peter Murchie
Professor Richard Neal
Professor Michael Peake
Professor John Radford
Professor Peter Sasieni
Professor Matt Seymour
Professor Fiona Walter
Dr Sam Merriel (Trainee)
Dr Emma O’Dowd (Trainee)

The SPED Advisory Group was formed in 2012, with the following remit:

  • To facilitate and aid the development of protocols for studies involving screening, prevention and/or early diagnosis
  • To encourage successful and efficient delivery of screening, prevention and early diagnosis research, e.g. by optimising feasibility assessment and configuration of Network support
  • To advise the CSGs on issues affecting screening, prevention and early diagnosis research (e.g. through hosting regular themed meetings)
  • To maintain an overview of screening, prevention and early diagnosis research activity in the CSGs’ portfolios
  • To encourage collaboration across CSGs where appropriate (e.g. identify other relevant CSGs to participate in a screening, prevention and/or early diagnosis trial)
  • To work closely with the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, Primary Care Research Network (PCRN) and other relevant bodies.

Ongoing work

  • Strong links with NAEDI and EDAG
  • SPED Proposals Guidance Workshop (with plans to extend)
  • Interactions with Early Cancer Detection Consortium (ECDC) and UK Therapeutic Cancer Prevention Network (UK-TCPN)
  • Linking up Clinical Studies Groups.


For more information on SPED Advisory Group, please contact Leanne Murphy
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