Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Robert Kerrison


Research interests

  • The social, cultural and physical barriers to cancer screening. 
  • Social Health inequalities within cancer screening programmes in the United Kingdom. 
  • Public Health intervention to address non-compliance and non-attendance of the bowel scope screening programme. 

Current research 

My research entitled 'Promoting uptake of flexible sigmoidoscopy 'Bowel Scope' screening at St. Mark's hospital in London' focuses on the social, cultural, and physical barriers patients face to the new "bowel scope screening programme". The aim of this project (2013-2017) is to understand the determinants of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening participation and to use this information to inform the design and evaluation novel public health interventions which might reduce social health inequality within bowel scope screening, as well as improve the overall uptake and outcomes of the programme at St. Mark's Hospital.  This project is funded by UCL and St. Mark's hospital.





  • 2007 The University of East Anglia, Research Assistant.
  • 2009-2011 Nottingham University Hospital, Trainee Biomedical Scientist/Biomedical Scientist
  • 2012-2013 Imperial College NHS Trust, Public Health Researcher
  • 2013-2016 University College London, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, IMPACT PhD Student


  • 2008-2011 BSc Applied Biomedical Science (First Class Hons, University of Lincoln)
  • 2012-2013 PgCert Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research (Brunel University London)
  • 2011-2013 MRes Clinical Research (Distinction, University of Lincoln)


Kerrison, R. Shukla, H. Cunningham, D. Oyinlola, O. & Friedman, E. (2013) Are text message reminders an effective intervention to improve uptake of breast screening? A randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 382: 9.