Contact us

If you would like more information about the Discovery please contact the programme manager or chief investigator

Discovery programme manager:

Dr Jon Banks
School of Social and Community Medicine
University of Bristol
39 Whatley Road, Bristol, BS8 2PS
Tel: 0117 92 87230

Discovery programme chief investigator:

Professor Willie Hamilton
University of Exeter Medical School
College House, St Luke's Campus
Magdalen Road,
Exeter EX1 2LU
Tel: 01392 726090
Secretary e-mail:
Tel: 01392 726090

Discovery programme deputy chief investigator:

Dr Fiona Walter
Primary Care Unit,
Department of Public Health and Primary Care,
Strangeways Research Laboratory,
Wort's Causeway,
Cambridge, CB1 8RN
Tel: 01223 762514

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10th February 2016

New Discovery Research publication

The SYMPTOM Study team's research into symptom appraisal for colorectal cancer has been published in BMJ Open. This is a unique piece of research which compares the appraisal and help seeking experiences of patients with colorectal cancer symptoms who go on to have cancer and those who turn out to have non-cancer conditions. The research did not identify any clear differences between the two groups but did identify important barriers to presentation around the ‘private nature’ of colorectal symptoms which will prove useful to policy makers and the design of awareness campaigns. To read more about the research paper see the results section here.

9th June 2015

Discovery conference slides available & new research publications

The Discovery Programme held its research conference at the Royal College of General Practitioners on June 2nd 2015. The team presented their research findings and outlined the impact of the programme to a wide range of patient groups, clinicians, policy makers, researchers and journalists. The PowerPoint slides used during the presentation have been uploaded to this website and can be viewed here.

There are also 2 new research papers to report. Chantal Balasooriya-Smeekens has published the literature review of her PhD in Psycho-Oncology, "The role of emotions in time to presentation for symptoms suggestive of cancer: a systematic review of quantitative studies". Abstract and publication details are here and further papers from Chantal's PhD will be published soon.

Nafees Din has published a new paper under the Discovery related research umbrella. The paper uses Discovery data drawn from the CAPER (theme 2) studies and considers "Age and Gender Variations in Cancer Diagnostic Intervals in 15 Cancers". Full publication details and abstract can be found here.