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About Dr Frances Drummond

  Dr Frances Drummond

Biography Summary

Project Manager Vaccines and Imaging Partnership Dr Frances Drummond completed her PhD in Biochemistry in University College Cork. She also has a BA in Applied Social Studies in Counselling. She has worked in cancer research since 2005. She has recently joined the Cork Cancer Research Centre as a Project Manager on the Vaccines and Imaging Partnership funded by the FP7 Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathway.

Theme / Team

Project Manager/Research Coordinator

Cancer type(s)

Ovarian cancer, Breast cancer, Prostate cancer, Colon cancer


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Biography Detailed

After her PhD in Biochemistry Dr Drummond changed her main research focus to the patient.

Frances joined the Department of Medicine investigating the genetics and environmental factors involved in the development of osteoporosis. During this time she recruited large numbers of patients and their families to the study and supervised MD and PhD students.

Dr Drummond’s research focus then turned to cancer health services (screening, diagnosis and treatment) and patient reported outcomes, including the quality of life of patients and survivors. She was the research coordinator/project manager for a number of national and international projects in the National Cancer Registry. Since rejoining UCC, she has been involved in a number of studies including a service evaluation for the Irish Cancer Society, a systematic review for the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee and a HRB-funded clinical trial. Her research has been funded by the Health Research Board, Irish Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer UK and TRAP (UCC) as principal investigator, co-investigator and collaborator. She has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and has authored/co-authored reports to national bodies including the National Cancer Screening Service, National Cancer Control Programme, Irish Cancer Society and the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee. Dr Drummond is also currently working towards becoming an accredited counselor/psychotherapist.