David Weller

David Weller, PhD (current chair)

David Weller is a Professor of General Practice at the University of Edinburgh. He graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1982 and, after training in general practice and public health, he undertook PhD studies in Adelaide and Nottingham. At Edinburgh he is Postgraduate Dean for taught programmes and is Co-director of the Centre for Population Health Sciences. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Cancer Care since 2013. His long-standing research interests are in cancer screening, early diagnosis and survivorship. More recently he has become involved in cancer control projects in developing countries, supported by agencies including UICC and the British Council. He established the Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network (Ca-PRI) in 2007 (with the support of Professor Frede Olesen, Aarhus, Denmark) – this is now a global network, promoting research collaboration and capacity building in primary care and cancer. He is a member of the National Cancer Research Institute Primary Care Clinical Studies Development Group (Chair from 2003-2010) and is actively engaged in various government, policy and charity initiatives throughout the UK, relating to cancer research and cancer service development.


Larissa Nekhlyudov

Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH

Dr. Larissa Nekhlyudov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School as well as a Medical Director and practicing internist at the Brigham & Women's Hospital Primary Care Associates, Longwood. She is also Clinical Director, Internal Medicine for Cancer Survivors at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute where she offers clinical consultations for long term survivors of childhood cancer. Dr. Nekhlyudov is particularly interested in improving the care of cancer survivors and the interplay between primary and oncology care. She founded www.cancerpcp.org, a cancer survivorship resource for primary care providers.
Over the past decade, Dr. Nekhlyudov has been at the forefront of the notable progress made in the area of cancer survivorship, including the development of survivorship care policies, clinical guidelines and educational programs. She is an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and served on the Institute of Medicine committee focusing on improving the quality of cancer care.


Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell, PhD

Dr. Christine Campbell is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. She co-leads, with Professor David Weller, a programme of research into cancer and primary care. Within that role she has held positions as cancer co-lead for the Scottish School of Primary Care Cancer Programme, and Portfolio Co-ordinator for the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Primary Care Group. She is currently Chair of the Screening sub-group of the NCRI Primary Care Group. Recent and ongoing projects span the cancer journey from screening through diagnosis and survivorship, but with an emphasis on cancer screening both within the UK and internationally.


Stephen Taplin

Stephen Taplin, MD, MPH

Dr. Stephen Taplin is the Deputy Associate Director of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program within the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. He is an expert in the field of cancer screening and built his research career around the problems that arose from his clinical experience as a primary care physician. Before joining NCI he was responsible for delivery and evaluation of a breast cancer-screening program serving 100,000 women in an integrated health plan. He joined the National Cancer Institute as a Senior Scientist in 2003 after being a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington and an Investigator in the Center for Health Studies at Group Health in Seattle. He has led the development of research into how individuals, groups and organizations act and interact to affect cancer care delivery. He publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals including work on mammography and the conceptualization of problems and interventions in cancer care delivery. His current work emphasizes understanding how teams affect healthcare delivery.


Jeff Sisler

Jeff Sisler, MD, MClSc, CCFP, FCFP

Dr. Jeff Sisler is the Vice-Dean, Continuing Competency and Assessment in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has been a leader in the primary care cancer community in Canada, where he has been active in research, education, administration and as a clinician. He is a co-investigator on the CIHR-funded CanIMPACT Research Team in Primary Care Cancer Research, and has a special interest in cancer survivorship.
Dr. Sisler received his Master’s degree in Family Medicine from the University of Western Ontario in 2002. He is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, who awarded him an Award of Excellence in 2013 for his work in cancer care.


Richard Neal

Richard Neal, MD, ChB, PhD, FRCGP

Dr. Richard Neal is Professor of Primary Care Medicine and is the Director of the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research, Bangor University. Prior to this he was a Research Training Fellow, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Research in Primary Care at the University of Leeds. Professor Neal’s main research interests are in the diagnosis and management of cancers in general practice. He holds various administrative and representative roles including Chair of the (UK) National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Primary Care Clinical Studies Group. He is a founding member of Ca-PRI (the Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network). He has won over £5M in externally peer reviewed research and research infrastructure funding in the last five years, and has published 117 peer reviewed papers.


Peter Vedsted

Peter Vedsted, MD, PhD

Dr. Peter Vedsted is Professor of Primary Care at The Research Unit for General Practice, and Professor of Innovative Patient Pathways at Silkeborg Diagnostic Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the director of a research group for cancer diagnosis investigating the pathway from symptom to treatment of cancer. The group investigates cancer awareness, healthcare seeking, and conducts clinical studies on the role of family medicine in cancer diagnosis. The centre has special focus on health services research and the organisation of healthcare and general practice.
Dr. Vedsted is involved in many of the Danish initiatives to improve cancer diagnosis and patient pathways and is deeply engaged in how general practice can develop and be supported in providing earlier cancer diagnosis.


Jon Emery 2017

Jon Emery, MA, MBBCh, FRACGP, MRCGP, DPhil

Jon Emery is the Herman Professor of Primary Care Cancer Research at The University of Melbourne and Western Health, a new Chair developed within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow, Director of the Cancer Australia Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4), and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.


Henk van Weert

Henk van Weert, MD, PhD

Henk van Weert was born in 1955, in the Netherlands. He worked as a general practitioner from 1986 until now and has always combined practice with an appointment at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam, as a researcher and a teacher. In 2011 he became the head of the department of general practice. Main topics of his research were diagnostic processes, especially in the field of cardiovascular diseases. In 2012 he started a second line of research in oncology. Topics until now include aftercare and palliative care.


Greg Rubin

Greg Rubin, FRCGP, FRCP(E)

Greg Rubin is Professor of General Practice and Primary Care in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University, UK, and directs its Evaluation, Research and Development Unit.
His research interests lie in the diagnosis and management of cancer in primary care and at the interface with secondary care, and the configuration of health services to enable this. He has a substantial programme of research and service development in the field of early cancer diagnosis and is part of the Policy Research Unit for Cancer Awareness, Screening and Early Diagnosis. http://www.dur.ac.uk/school.health/erdu
Until 2014, he was the Royal College of General Practitioners / Cancer Research UK Clinical Lead for Cancer.


Fiona Walter

Fiona Walter, MA, MD, FRCGP

Fiona Walter is Principal Researcher in Primary Care Cancer Research at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is currently chair of the NCRI Primary Care CSG Early Diagnosis sub-group, and a member of the Early Detection steering committee for the Cambridge Cancer Centre. Her research focuses on the cancer pathway from prevention, screening, early detection and diagnostics to post-treatment care in the primary care setting. She is also interested in the integration of genetics advances into primary care. Fiona holds Honorary Clinical Associate Professorships at the Universities of Melbourne and Western Australia.


Anette J Berendsen

Anette J. Berendsen, PhD, MD

Dr. Anette J. Berendsen is an Assistant Professor and coordinator of oncology research in primary care at the Department of General Practice Groningen, as well as a lecturer in vocational training of general practitioners at the Department of General Practice at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Her research is mainly focused on oncology during the post-diagnosis period, with specific focus on care for patients with cancer (the role of the General Practitioner, the role of the patient, and the continuum of care), as well as long-term effects of (and treatment of) cancer. She is the editor of the book ‘Oncology’ for general practitioners, written by Bohn Stafleu van Loghum. Additionally, she is a co-convener for the WONCA Special Interest Group on Cancer and Palliative Care. Dr. Berendsen has been a member of many groups on behalf of the Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG), and has developed guidelines and position papers on the care of patients with cancer.


Knut Holtedahl

Knut Holtedahl, MD, PhD

Dr. Knut Holtedahl is professor emeritus of general practice at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway. He is a specialist in general practice and worked as a full time GP from 1973 until he joined the University in 1989. From then, he worked one day a week in practice and otherwise concentrated on teaching and research. He has been a Professor since 1996. His research work has spanned many clinical topics studied in general practice populations. The early diagnosis of cancer in primary care has been his main research interest, with the first articles published in 1980. Currently he is leading a six-country research project about the role of abdominal symptoms in the GP’s work towards a cancer diagnosis.