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Dr Claire Perks


I am currently a Senior Research Fellow in the University of Bristol IGF & Metabolic Endocrinology group based at Southmead Hospital. My primary interests are in the role of the IGF axis in relation to breast and prostate cancer. The IGF axis has been conserved throughout evolution to mediate the effects of nutrition on growth and has been implicated in the epithelial cancers associated with a Western diet. I am particularly interested in studying the epigenetic influence on and interactions of key dietary factors with the IGF axis and how this may influence breast and prostate cancer progression.

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Key words

  • IGF axis
  • breast cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • cancer
  • epithelial cancers
  • western diet
  • cancer progression