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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr Tanimola Martins

Dr Tanimola Martins

Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer

 tom207@exeter.ac.uk

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 +44 (0) 1392 725497

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College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Overview

Tanimola is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School, where he also serves as a Lecturer in Postgraduate Education. He has a background in Clinical Rehabilitation and Public Health and holds a PhD in ethnic inequality in the diagnosis of symptomatic cancer. His workstream aims to identify and quantify sociodemographic differences in primary care diagnosis of cancer, with the intention of formulating appropriate interventions to address such inequalities. 

Qualifications

PhD in Primary care diagnosis of cancer and ethnic inequality, 2014 - Peninsular College of Medicine and Dentistry University of Exeter

Master of Public Health, 2010 - Nottingham University

Medical Rehabilitation, 2005 - Obafemi Awolowo University

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Research

Research interests

2022/23

Research projects

  1. Ethnic Inequalities in Cancer diagnosis 
  2. Exploring ethnic differences in diagnostic intervals of cancer

  3. Evaluating ethnic differences in Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) for detecting prostate cancer in primary care

Research grants

  • 2021 CRUK
    This study examines ethnic differences in blood markers of cancer in primary care
  • 2021 NIHR School for Primary Care Research
    National Institute for Health Research grant to Evaluate ethnic differences in Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) for detecting prostate cancer in primary care
  • 2018 CRUK
    A Cancer Research UK funded study to investigate ethnic differences in cancer diagnosis
  • 2015 Department of Health
    The grant covers the HUMUS study - Health care Use in Men with Urinary Symptoms

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Publications

Journal articles

Down E, Barlow M, Bailey S, Mounce L, Martins T (In Press). Association between patient ethnicity and prostate cancer diagnosis following a Prostate Specific Antigen test: a cohort study of 730,000 men in primary care in the UK. BMC Medicine
Down E, Barlow M, Bailey S, Mounce L, Martins T (In Press). Association between patient ethnicity and prostate cancer diagnosis following a Prostate Specific Antigen test: a cohort study of 730,000 men in primary care in the UK. BMC Medicine
Adedoyin RA, Mbada CE, Balogun M, Adebayo RA, Martins T, Ismail S (In Press). Obesity prevalence in adult residents of Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Nigerian quarterly journal of hospital medicine 19(2):100-5 · January 2010, 19, 100-105. Abstract.
Martins T, Ukoumunne OC, Lyratzopoulos G, Hamilton W, Abel G (2023). Are There Ethnic Differences in Recorded Features among Patients Subsequently Diagnosed with Cancer? an English Longitudinal Data-Linked Study. Cancers, 15(12), 3100-3100. Abstract.
Henley P, Martins T, Zamani R (2023). Assessing Ethnic Minority Representation in Fibromyalgia Clinical Trials: a Systematic Review of Recruitment Demographics. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(24), 7185-7185. Abstract.
Bourne CM, Henderson HJ, White E, Morris J, Bah MA, Harewood R, Pierre S, Martins T, Ntereke T, White B, et al (2023). Black in Cancer: Two Years of Empowering the Next Generation. Cancer Discov, 13(2), 275-277. Abstract.  Author URL.
Barlow M, Down L, Mounce LTA, Merriel SWD, Watson J, Martins T, Bailey SER (2023). Ethnic differences in prostate-specific antigen levels in men without prostate cancer: a systematic review. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis, 26(2), 249-256. Abstract.  Author URL.
Thuo N, Martins T, Manley E, Standifer M, Sultan DH, Faris NR, Hill A, Thompson M, Jeremiah R, Al Achkar M, et al (2023). Factors leading to disparity in lung cancer diagnosis among black/African American communities in the USA: a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 13(10). Abstract.  Author URL.
Shaw B, Walter FM, Hamilton W, Martins T (2023). Symptom appraisal and help seeking in males with symptoms of possible prostate cancer: a qualitative study with an ethnically diverse sample in London. British Journal of General Practice, 73(732), e502-e510. Abstract.
Shaw B, Walter FM, Hamilton W, Martins T (2023). Symptom appraisal and help-seeking in men with symptoms of possible prostate cancer: a qualitative study with an ethnically diverse sample in London. British Journal of General Practice, 73(732).
Shaw B, Walter FM, Hamilton W, Martins T (2023). Symptom appraisal and help-seeking in men with symptoms of possible prostate cancer: a qualitative study with an ethnically diverse sample in London. British Journal of General Practice Abstract.
Martins T, Abel G, Ukoumunne OC, Price S, Lyratzopoulos G, Chinegwundoh F, Hamilton W (2022). Assessing Ethnic Inequalities in Diagnostic Interval of Common Cancers: a Population-Based UK Cohort Study. Cancers, 14(13), 3085-3085. Abstract.
Martins T, Abel G, Ukoumunne OC, Mounce LTA, Price S, Lyratzopoulos G, Chinegwundoh F, Hamilton W (2022). Ethnic inequalities in routes to diagnosis of cancer: a population-based UK cohort study. Br J Cancer, 127(5), 863-871. Abstract.  Author URL.
Merriel SWD, Martins T, Bailey SER (2021). Exploring the Causes of Death Among Patients with Metastatic Prostate Cancer-A Changing Landscape. JAMA Netw Open, 4(8). Author URL.
Martins T, Walter FM, Penfold C, Abel G, Hamilton W (2021). Primary care use by men with symptoms of possible prostate cancer: a multi-method study with an ethnically diverse sample in London. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl), 30(6). Abstract.  Author URL.
Laake J-P, Vulkan D, Quaife SL, Hamilton WT, Martins T, Waller J, Parmar D, Sasieni P, Duffy SW (2021). Targeted encouragement of GP consultations for possible cancer symptoms: a randomised controlled trial. Br J Gen Pract, 71(706), e339-e346. Abstract.  Author URL.
Martins T, Merriel SWD, Hamilton W (2020). Routes to diagnosis of symptomatic cancer in sub-Saharan Africa: systematic review. BMJ Open, 10(11). Abstract.  Author URL.
Laake J-P, Vulkan D, Quaife SL, Hamilton WT, Martins T, Waller J, Parmar D, Sasieni P, Duffy SW (2020). WELCOME-GP: a randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of a targeted postal cancer awareness intervention for increasing attendance at general practice.
Chiva Giurca B, Hamilton W, Martins T (2018). The impact of health literacy on diagnosis and outcomes of symptomatic cancer by ethnicity: a systematic review protocol. Syst Rev, 7(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Martins T, Hamilton W (2016). The influence of ethnicity on diagnosis of cancer. Fam Pract, 33(4), 325-326. Author URL.
Astin MP, Martins T, Welton N, Neal RD, Rose PW, Hamilton W (2015). Diagnostic value of symptoms of oesophagogastric cancers in primary care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Gen Pract, 65(639), e677-e691. Abstract.  Author URL.
Martins T, Ukoumunne OC, Banks J, Raine R, Hamilton W (2015). Ethnic differences in patients' preferences for prostate cancer investigation: a vignette-based survey in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 65(632), e161-e167. Abstract.
Martins T, Hamilton W (2015). Ethnic variations in the interval between diagnostic ultrasound test request and performance of the test (in patients with suspected ovarian cancers). EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE, 24, 31-32. Author URL.
Green T, Martins T, Hamilton W, Rubin G, Elliott K, Macleod U (2015). Exploring GPs' experiences of using diagnostic tools for cancer: a qualitative study in primary care. Fam Pract, 32(1), 101-105. Abstract.  Author URL.
Martins T, Hamilton W, Ukoumunne O, Banks J, Raine R (2014). Patients' views on testing for prostate cancer: a vignette-based study of primary care attendees. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE, 23, 25-25. Author URL.
Martins T, Hamilton W, Ukoumunne OC (2013). Ethnic inequalities in time to diagnosis of cancer: a systematic review. BMC Fam Pract, 14 Abstract.  Author URL.
Hamilton W, Green T, Martins T, Elliott K, Rubin G, Macleod U (2013). Evaluation of risk assessment tools for suspected cancer in general practice: a cohort study. Br J Gen Pract, 63(606), e30-e36. Abstract.  Author URL.
Adedoyin RA, Mbada CE, Balogun MO, Martins T, Adebayo RA, Akintomide A, Akinwusi PO (2008). Prevalence and pattern of hypertension in a semiurban community in Nigeria. Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil, 15(6), 683-687. Abstract.  Author URL.

Chapters

Eludoyin A, Eludoyin O, Martins T, Oyinloye M, Eslamian S (2021). Water Security Using Rainwater Harvesting. In  (Ed) Handbook of Water Harvesting and Conservation, Wiley, 57-67.

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

  1. Member Cancer Research UK Early Detection & Diagnosis Research Expert Review Panel (2022-2023)
  2. Member Prostate Cancer Research Scientific Advisory Committee (present)
  3. Member Breast Cancer Now Inequalities Funding Scheme Committee (present)
  4. Director of Cancer Awareness Black in Cancer (present)

External Examiner Positions

External examiner of a PhD project – University of Edinburgh (2021)


Media Coverage

  1. The Guardian Headline “Revealed: ‘disturbing’ race divide on cancer patients’ wait times in England” (28th August 2022)
  2. Featured on BBC Radio 4 'Today's Headlines' (28th August 2022)
  3. Featured on BBC Radio 4 the 'Today Programme' (28th August 2022)
  4. The Independent “Black and Asian people waiting longer for cancer diagnosis, new study finds” (28th August 2022).
  5. The National UK, Black and Asian people in England wait longer for cancer diagnosis (29th August 2022)
  6. Featured on the ITV Good Moring Britain “Cancer Diagnosis Racism? Dr Amir Reacts To The Latest Shocking Health Headlines | GMB)” (29th August 2019). Available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/arvU9QkkN-w  - over 23,000 views
  7. Morning Star “Black and Asian people in England wait longer for cancer diagnosis” (30th August 2022)
  8. Public reaction to our study findings. “Racism in NHS cancer treatment; the Guardian newspaper attempts to deceive and mislead its readers” (29th August 2019) Available on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/F_bNwZ2yuZ4  - over 24,000 views
  9. Yahoo news “Asian and Black patients in England wait longer for cancer diagnoses than white patients, study finds (31st August 2022).
  10. The Guardian “Revealed: racial disparity in cancer diagnoses via screening in England” (6th June 2022)
  11. Open Access Government “Is there a racial disparity in cancer screenings across England”? (9th June 2022)
  12. ExeTalk, Exploring ethnic differences in cancer diagnosis (27th September 2021). Available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG6BSpDv4GU 
  13. Feature on Cancer Research UK News “Investigating suspected prostate cancer: Improving GP-patient communication” (6TH October 2021)
  14. Mirror “Black men less willing to be investigated for prostate cancer (02 March 2015)
  15. The Telegraph “Black men less willing to be investigated for prostate cancer” (02 March 2015)

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