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Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health

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Minjoung (Monica) Koo

Monica Koo is a postdoctoral Research Associate based in the Epidemiology of Cancer Healthcare and Outcomes (ECHO) group, Department of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL. Her research interests include optimising public health policies to support early diagnosis and improving diagnostic pathways. She is part of the UCL hub of the CanTest Collaborative, funded by the inaugural Cancer Research UK Catalyst award. 

Monica studied Biomedical Sciences (BSc) and Public Health (MPH) at Imperial College London and joined UCL in 2015 to undertake a PhD entitled "The presenting symptoms of cancer patients and associations with diagnostic timeliness". Her PhD was funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Unit in Cancer Awareness, Screening and Early Diagnosis and was supervised by Professor Yoryos Lyratzopoulos (ECHO group, BSH), Dr Christian von Wagner (Cancer Communication & Screening group, BSH), and Dr Gary Abel (Exeter university).

Email

monica.koo.14[at]ucl.ac.uk

Twitter

@mmkoo12

Qualifications

2015-18: PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London

2012-13: Masters in Public Health MPH, Imperial College London

2009-12: Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons), Imperial College London

Publications

Koo, M. M., Hamilton, W., Walter, F. M., Rubin, G. P., & Lyratzopoulos, G. (2018). Symptom Signatures and Diagnostic Timeliness in Cancer Patients: A Review of Current Evidence. Neoplasia (United States), 20 (2), 165-174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neo.2017.11.005

Koo, M. M., von Wagner, C., Abel, G. A., McPhail, S., Hamilton, W., Rubin, G. P., & Lyratzopoulos, G. (2018). The nature and frequency of abdominal symptoms in cancer patients and their associations with time to help-seeking: evidence from a national audit of cancer diagnosis. Journal of public health (Oxford, England). https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdx188

Koo, M. M., von Wagner, C., Abel, G. A., McPhail, S., Rubin, G. P., & Lyratzopoulos, G. (2017). Typical and atypical presenting symptoms of breast cancer and their associations with diagnostic intervals: Evidence from a national audit of cancer diagnosis. Cancer Epidemiology, 48, 140-146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2017.04.010

Koo, M. M., Zhou, Y., & Lyratzopoulos, G. (2015). Delays in diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer: Lessons from US healthcare settings. Cancer Epidemiology, 39 (6), 1145-1147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.canep.2015.08.008