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Alex Smith
Reader of Epidemiology, Deputy Director Epidemiology & Cancer Statistics Group (ECSG)



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. 


  • BSc
  • MPhil
  • PhD

Departmental roles

  • Data Governance Committee

University roles

  • Research Data Management Committee


Full publications list



Alex is able to supervise Masters projects in the following areas: cancer epidemiology and in particular haematological malignancies.

External activities


  • CellBank Steering Committee
  • European Myelodysplastic Syndrome (EUMDS) Registry Steering Committee
  • Haematology Site Specific Clinical Reference Group (National Cancer Intelligence Network)
  • Haematological Malignancy Research Network Patient Involvement Committee
  • Yorkshire and Humberside Haematology Network Audit committee
  • MDS-RIGHT Executive Committee
  • Chair, MDS-RIGHT Website Taskforce

Alex Smith

Contact details

Dr Alex Smith
Reader (Epidemiology), Deputy Director of ECSG

Tel: 01904 32(1884)