Peter T. Campbell, MSc, PhD

Scientific Director, Epidemiology Research


Peter Campbell leads the gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancer research efforts in the behavioral and epidemiology research group. His research primarily focuses on identifying questionnaire-based and biologic risk or prognostic factors for these cancers.


Campbell is particularly interested in understanding the role of obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes and other potentially modifiable factors for digestive system cancer etiology and survival. Campbell oversees the Cancer Prevention Studies’ colorectal cancer tissue repositories, and much of his work integrates various aspects of pathology, molecular biology, genetics, and clinical medicine into epidemiology studies. His research involves consortia of study data and biologic specimens from hundreds of thousands of study participants, utilizes leading ‘omics’ and high-throughput technologies, and employs novel statistical techniques. 

Additionally, Campbell examines the role of behavioral factors on survival after a cancer diagnosis. The overarching goal of this research is to better understand why some lifestyle/behavioral factors influence cancer prognosis with a view to better inform and support the care of cancer patients. 


  • Postdoctoral fellow, Cancer Prevention and Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 2008
  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Toronto, 2006
  • MSc, Kinesiology, York University, 2000


For a full list of Campbell’s publications, visit his Google Scholar page.