Yorkshire Specialist Register of Cancer in Children and Young People

Who we are

Who we are

The YSRCCYP was originally set up in collaboration with local clinicians to provide research information. Since the YSRCCYP database and research programme was taken over by Professor Tricia McKinney in 1994 and moved into the Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, it has been further enhanced to aid in the investigation of disease aetiology and health services research.

Staff and postgraduate students currently working on the YSRCCYP are: 

Richard Feltbower

The Yorkshire Register research programme is led by Dr Richard Feltbower. Richard is an epidemiologist who trained in Mathematics and Medical Statistics at the University of Nottingham and University of Leicester between 1993-1997. He joined the Register research team in 1998 as a Research Statistician which at the time was headed by Prof Patricia McKinney. He took over from Tricia in 2008 and is now supported by Prof Adam Glaser as the Medical Director of the registry.

Richard has a successful track record leading cancer outcomes research among children and young people using linked registry and hospital admissions data [1-3]. He is also the current Chair of the CCLG Epidemiology and Registry Group, sits on the National Cancer Registry and Analysis Service (NCRAS) Expert Advisory Group for Children, Teenagers and Young Adults, and is a member of the NCRI Teenage and Young Adult Clinical Studies Group. He is also a member of the national Coronavirus paediatric cancer monitoring programme.

Refs:
[1] Smith, L., Glaser, A.W., Peckham, D., et al., Respiratory morbidity in young people surviving cancer: Population-based study of hospital admissions, treatment-related risk factors and subsequent mortality. Int. J. Cancer, 2018.
[2] Fairley, L., Picton, S.V., McNally, R.J., et al., Incidence and survival of children and young people with central nervous system embryonal tumours in the North of England, 1990-2013. Eur. J. Cancer, 2016. 61:36-43.
[3] van Laar, M., Feltbower, R.G., Gale, C.P., et al., Cardiovascular sequelae in long-term survivors of young peoples' cancer: a linked cohort study. Br. J. Cancer, 2014. 110(5): 1338-41.

Professor Adam Glaser

Adam Glaser has 20 years experience as an NHS consultant specialising in paediatric oncology & the late effects of cancer. He was Clinical Director of the National Cancer Survivor Initiative at the Department of Health (2010-13) and national clinical lead for cancer at NHS Improvement (2010-13). During this time he established the National Cancer PROMS programme & realised there was a lack of robust intelligence on the late effects of survival from cancer to allow for robust commissioning & delivery of appropriate aftercare services. Consequently, he has developed a successful research programme to gather intelligence on the quality of survival of people living with & beyond a diagnosis of cancer. He is currently Principal Investigator, or co-Principal Investigator, on in excess of £5 million of grants. 

Adam is Research Lead at Leeds Children’s Hospital (research income exceeds £1million per annum with over 100 open clinical studies) and Medical Director of the Yorkshire Specialist Register of Children and Young People with Cancer. He has published extensively on the late effects of cancer with over 50 peer reviewed publications in the last 5 years.

Kirsten Cromie

Kirsten joined the Register team as a Research Statistician in 2020. Kirsten has a background in medical statistics and epidemiology. Prior to joining the University in 2019, Kirsten graduated with a first-class degree in Biological Sciences (BSc) from The University of Liverpool before obtaining a Masters of Research in Epidemiology (Newcastle University).

Kirsten has demonstrated experience in the practical application of advanced statistical methods for quantitative health research. She has worked previously with large, complex datasets such as the Born in Bradford and Thousand Families birth cohort studies, linked to electronic healthcare data to facilitate population-based research.

Dr Nicola Hughes

Nicola is a Speciality Registrar in Medical Oncology and was awarded an NIHR doctoral research fellowship to investigate the impact of dose intensity of chemotherapy on survival outcomes in teenagers and young adults with cancer. This work is based on the YSRCCYP with new linkage to Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy from Public Health England and the electronic chemotherapy prescribing system ChemoCare.