Professor Jane Green

Professor of Epidemiology, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine; Co-Director, Cancer Epidemiology Unit


Professor Green’s research focuses on the identification of hormonal and other risk factors for cancer and other common and serious conditions of middle-aged and older women. She is co-principal investigator for the Million Women Study, a very large cohort study of women’s health, which includes over 1.3 million UK women whose health has been followed since recruitment in 1996-2001. Major findings from the Million Women Study include increased risk of breast cancer in women using different types of hormone replacement therapy; studies of body size (obesity, height) and risk of cancer, heart disease and fractures; and assessment of the risks of long-term smoking in women.

Her current research includes studies of risk factors for dementia, osteoporosis and fractures, and for bowel and oesophageal cancers. She leads the Cancer Epidemiology Unit’s Cancer Screening Programmes Research Group, with studies of bowel, breast and cervical cancers, using screening programme information to investigate both the practice of screening and underlying disease mechanisms. She is also involved in several initiatives aiming to maximise the use of routinely-collected electronic health data for large-scale studies, including the UK Biobank and the MRC UK Dementias Research Platform.