Dr Amy Downing

Dr Amy Downing


I studied Human Biology at Loughborough University and undertook my PhD at the University of Birmingham.

I joined the University of Leeds in 2005 as a Research Fellow and have been a Senior Research Fellow since 2014. I work in the Cancer Epidemiology Group and my research focuses on the analysis of large, population-level, routinely collected datasets, such as cancer registration, hospital admissions and radiotherapy data. When linked together these datasets offer huge potential to study the care and outcomes of cancer patients.

I also have an interest in the collection and use of Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) data, particularly large-scale surveys of cancer survivors. Linkage of such PRO data with other datasets unlocks a wealth of information which can be used to inform and improve practice and, ultimately, improve outcomes.

Research interests

My work has covered a range of cancers but has focused particularly on colorectal cancer, with an emphasis on applying appropriate statistical methods to account for the complexities in routine data.

I am currently working on several research studies:

CORECT-R – funded by Cancer Research UK, this programme aims to bring together existing and novel datasets to create a UK colorectal cancer intelligence hub;

Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis - a Prostate Cancer UK and Movember Foundation funded study to comprehensively evaluate the physical, emotional and social well-being of men living with prostate cancer;

Life And Bladder Cancer – funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research, this study involves cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys of patients with bladder cancer, in order to further understand and ultimately improve their quality of life.



  • PhD in Public Health & Epidemiology
  • BSc (Hons) Human Biology (2:1)

Professional memberships

  • Society for Social Medicine

Student education

I currently supervise PhD students and MSc student projects.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • Cancer Epidemiology Group
  • Cancer Survivor Intelligence Group

Current postgraduate researchers

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