Alex Smith

Alex Smith


Former affiliations
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Personal profile

Research interests

  • Cancer epidemiology 
  • Haematological malignancies
  • Analysis of observational/real-world data

Research Group: Epidemiology and Cancer Statistics Group


Alex is the Co-Director of the Epidemiology and Cancer Statistics Group at the University of York.

Specialising in haematological malignancies, Alex is an epidemiologist with a strong track record in cancer research.  Training and working at the universities of Cambridge and Leeds before moving to York in 2004, Alex is a founding member of the Haematological Malignancy Research Network (HMRN); a unique, and very successful, population-based patient cohort that was established by researchers at the University of York and NHS clinicians to inform contemporary clinical practice and research in an area where good quality “real-world” data were lacking.  In addition to her leading role in HMRN, Alex is a key member of the European Myelodysplastic Syndromes Registry (EUMDS) and the Horizon 2020-funded MDS-RIGHT; under her direction, all data collected from 17 countries are managed and analysed at the University of York. 






Departmental roles

  • Data Governance Committee

University roles

  • Research Data Management Committee



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  • Classification of aggressive B-Cell lymphomas using gene expression profiling

    Godwin, J., Barrans, S. L., Davies, J., Crouch, S., Painter, D. E., Smith, A. G., Burton, C., Roman, E. & Westhead, D. R., Sep 2022.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • Cohort Profile Update: The Haematological Malignancy Research Network (HMRN)’s UK population-based cohorts

    Roman, E., Kane, E., Howell, D., Lamb, M., Bagguley, T., Crouch, S., Painter, D., Patmore, R. & Smith, A., 4 Feb 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: International Journal of Epidemiology. 8 p., dyab275.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Distinct germline genetic susceptibility profiles identified for common non-Hodgkin lymphoma subtypes

    Berndt, S. I., Vijai, J., Benavente, Y., Camp, N. J., Nieters, A., Wang, Z., Smedby, K. E., Kleinstern, G., Hjalgrim, H., Besson, C., Skibola, C. F., Morton, L. M., Brooks-Wilson, A. R., Teras, L. R., Breeze, C., Arias, J., Adami, H-O., Albanes, D., Anderson, K. C., Ansell, S. M., & 119 othersBassig, B., Becker, N., Bhatti, P., Birmann, B. M., Boffetta, P., Bracci, P. M., Brennan, P., Brown, E. E., Burdett, L., Cannon-Albright, L. A., Chang, E. T., Chiu, B. C. H., Chung, C. C., Clavel, J., Cocco, P., Colditz, G., Conde, L., Conti, D. V., Cox, D. G., Curtin, K., Casabonne, D., De Vivo, I., Diver, W. R., Dogan, A., Edlund, C. K., Foretova, L., Fraumeni, J. F., Gabbas, A., Ghesquières, H., Giles, G. G., Glaser, S., Glenn, M., Glimelius, B., Gu, J., Habermann, T. M., Haiman, C. A., Haioun, C., Hofmann, J. N., Holford, T. R., Holly, E. A., Hutchinson, A., Izhar, A., Jackson, R. D., Jarrett, R. F., Kaaks, R., Kane, E., Kolonel, L. N., Kong, Y., Kraft, P., Kricker, A., Lake, A., Lan, Q., Lawrence, C., Li, D., Liebow, M., Link, B. K., Magnani, C., Maynadie, M., McKay, J., Melbye, M., Miligi, L., Milne, R. L., Molina, T. J., Monnereau, A., Montalvan, R., North, K. E., Novak, A. J., Onel, K., Purdue, M. P., Rand, K. A., Riboli, E., Riby, J., Roman, E., Salles, G., Sborov, D. W., Severson, R. K., Shanafelt, T. D., Smith, M. T., Smith, A., Song, K. W., Song, L., Southey, M. C., Spinelli, J. J., Staines, A., Stephens, D., Sutherland, H. J., Tkachuk, K., Thompson, C. A., Tilly, H., Tinker, L. F., Travis, R. C., Turner, J., Vachon, C. M., Vajdic, C. M., Van Den Berg, A., Van Den Berg, D. J., Vermeulen, R. C. H., Vineis, P., Wang, S. S., Weiderpass, E., Weiner, G. J., Weinstein, S., Doo, N. W., Ye, Y., Yeager, M., Yu, K., Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, A., Zhang, Y., Zheng, T., Ziv, E., Sampson, J., Chatterjee, N., Offit, K., Cozen, W., Wu, X., Cerhan, J. R., Chanock, S. J., Slager, S. L. & Rothman, N., 22 Oct 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Leukemia. 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review