Symposium on the Economics of Cancer Research

The Discipline of Economics, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics NUI Galway will be holding a Health Research Board, Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme funded Symposium on the Economics of Cancer Research 2nd September 2013. This Symposium will feature presentations that explore various economic aspects of cancer care, policy formulation and research. Contributors include speakers from the National Cancer Institute (USA), University of Washington, King’s College London, Imperial College London, the Stockholm School of Economics, Irish Cancer Society, Health Research Board and Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer of Northern Ireland and Board of Director All Ireland NCI Cancer Consortium. In addition a range of poster presentations based on work conducted in Ireland will be on display.

Key points to be addressed:

  • What is the Economic Burden of Cancer in Ireland and Internationally?
  • Personalised Medicine and heterogeneous treatment practices.
  • Data access for Cancer Research in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Areas of Cancer Research which need to be addressed
  • Future of Health Economics in Cancer Research.


This Symposium will be live streamed on this site on the day of the Symposium. Videos and accompanying documents will be available shortly after the Symposium. All Media features will be shown here also.

To join in the conversation please contact email below, through Twitter handle @EconCancerRes or using the hashtag #EconCancer.



8.30-8.50 Registration
8.50-9.00: Opening Address: Dr James Browne (President of NUI Galway)
9.00-9.15:   Introduction Remarks: Dr Michael McBride (Chief Medical Officer Northern Ireland) & Representative Department of Health and Children
9.15-9.30: Professor Ciaran O'Neill (Dean of College of Business, Public Policy and Law, NUI Galway)

Dr Robin Yabroff (National Cancer Institute, USA)

Cancer care costs and resources in the United States


Dr Mauro Laudicella (Imperial College London, UK)

Health economics expertise in Cancer - Empirical application for the UK




Dr Anirban Basu (University of Washington, USA)

Prostectomy versus active surveillance among elderly patients with clinically localized prostate Cancer: Exploring heterogeneity in survival effects


Professor Bengt Jonsson (Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden)

Personalized medicine in Cancer treatment in Europe

12.30-1.15:  Lunch

Professor Richard Sullivan (King's College London, UK)

Economics of Cancer research: An international perspective


Professor John Fitzpatrick (Irish Cancer Society)

Importance of patient preferences for future Cancer research in Ireland


Dr Linda Sharp (National Cancer Registry Ireland)

Cancer data and resources for research




Professor Michael Kerin (NUI Galway)

Application of health economics in Oncology research


Open Discussion: Moderator Professor Charles Normand (Trinity College Dublin)

Theme: Future application of economics in Cancer research


Closing Remarks: Dr Anne Cody (Health Research Board)

Chairs: Professor Ciaran O'Neill (NUI Galway); Professor Eamon O'Shea (NUI Galway); Professor Frank Sullivan (NUI Galway); Dr Anna Gavin (Queens University Belfast)

Further information

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Contact Us

For more information about this symposium please contact:

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For media information please contact: 

Tomás Ó Síocháin

Acting Press & Information Officer

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