Linda Sharp is Professor of Cancer Epidemiology at Newcastle University, England. Before that, for 10 years, she led the research programme at the National Cancer Registry Ireland and, prior to that, was Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at the University of Aberdeen. She first began working in the area of cervical screening and HPV while at Aberdeen and was one of the lead investigators of the MRC-funded TOMBOLA trial which sought to determine the most effective and efficient management (including the role of HPV testing) for women with low-grade cervical cytology. She has been a member of the CERVIVA consortium since its inception and has led studies on women's and health professionals' views and experiences of cervical screening, colposcopy and HPV testing. Currently, she is working with Mairead O'Connor on the development of a psycho-educational intervention to alleviate post-colposcopy distress. She is also working with Alan O'Ceilleachair on identifying the best screening options in the "HPV vaccination era" and with Aoife Harvey on investigating HPV in oral cancer in Ireland.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear