MBE for Dr Anna Campbell

Expert in exercise benefits for cancer patients honoured

Date posted

13 June 2016


Last updated

15 November 2019

A SENIOR lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours.

Dr Anna Campbell, 57, has been honoured for services to research into exercise and cancer survivorship. 

For over 16 years, Dr Campbell has researched the physical and psychological benefits of staying active after a cancer diagnosis.

She has put her research into practice, making two exercise DVDs for cancer survivors and setting up the first free community-based exercise programme in the UK.

Anna, an Associate Professor in the University’s School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences, is Director of CanRehab, which provides training and education for fitness and health professionals working with cancer survivors in the community.

In addition to publishing her research and establishing best practice, she is also a consultant for Macmillan Cancer Care, assisting in the establishment and evaluation of UK-wide community-based exercise programmes for cancer patients and survivors.

Anna is an invited member of the Breast Cancer Campaign Research Gap Advisory Group, National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Lifestyle & Behaviour Change group and Macmillan Physical Activity & Cancer Advisory Group.

Anna said: “I am incredibly thrilled and honoured to receive this MBE. When I first started working in the area of cancer rehabilitation, most cancer patients were told to stay in bed and rest all the time. 

“I have been passionate over the past 16 years about helping to provide and disseminate the evidence that staying active can actually provide many benefits after a cancer diagnosis.

“I have had the privilege of working directly with over 400 cancer patients and survivors to provide the right advice and assistance to help them find the appropriate type of activity to suit their current situation. I love my work so much as I see and hear about the benefits every day!"