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Douglas Ward’s research applies genomic and proteomic approaches to discover biomarkers by analysing carefully collected clinical samples. This work capitalises on the advanced mass spectrometry equipment provided by Birmingham Science City, the large patient base in the West Midlands, and local scientific, clinical, bioinformatic and statistical expertise. Most of his work focuses on identifying novel tumour markers for lung, liver, GI tract and bladder cancers. He also uses proteomics to study α-antitrypsin deficiency and organ transplantation. In addition to biomarker discovery, Dr Ward is also interested in using mass spectrometry to assay biomarkers where immunoassays are not suitable, and in the downstream validation of promising candidates.


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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  • European Journal of Human Genetics 2018

    Togneri, Fiona (Recipient), Ward, Douglas (Recipient), Foster, Joseph M (Recipient), Devall, Adam (Recipient), Wojtowicz, Paula (Recipient), Alyas, Sofia (Recipient), Ramos Vasques, Fabiana (Recipient), Oumie, Assa (Recipient), James, Nicholas (Recipient), Cheng, KK (Recipient), Zeegers, Maurice (Recipient), Deshmukh, Nayneeta (Recipient), O'Sullivan, Brendan (Recipient), Taniere, Philippe (Recipient), Spink, Karen G (Recipient), McMullan, Dominic (Recipient), Griffiths, Mike (Recipient) & Bryan, Rik (Recipient), 22 Feb 2018

    Prize: Other distinction