Anna Campbell


I trained as a immunologist/ biochemist and worked in the biotechnology industry until 1998. Since graduating in 2000 with a MSc in Sport and Exercise Science, I have concentrated on researching the physical and psychological effects of exercise and physical activity after a cancer diagnosis. I have published over 30 research papers and three academic book chapters in the field of exercise and cancer survivorship. I consider myself as a "Pracademic" ie my academic work is closely connected to the practitioner's world. I have made two exercise DVDs for cancer survivors funded by Macmillan and Breast Cancer Care; I set up the first free community based exercise programme for cancer survivors in the UK; and I am Director of CanRehab ( established to train fitness instructors how to provide safe effective exercise programmes for anyone post cancer diagnosis . In addition to my research interests and establishing best practice, I am also involved in the development and running of Clinical Exercise Science M.Sc at Edinburgh Napier and I am a consultant for Macmillan Cancer Care, assisting the charity in the establishment and evaluation of UK wide community based exercise programmes for cancer patients and survivors.



Invited Speaker

  • “Stacking the Odds against Cancer Occurrence and Recurrence” Scottish Cancer Prevention Network, Edinburgh (November 2011)
  • BASES Conference “Challenging the Dogma” - Glasgow (September 2010)
  • British Dietetic Association “Living with and Beyond Cancer – Thinking Outside the Box” Brighton (September 2012).
  • British Association of Exercise and Science (BASES) annual conference St George’s Park, Staffordshire (December 2015)
  • “Bone Health and Cancer Clinical Implications and Palliative Care” - Surrey University (March 2012)
  • Scottish Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Group Annual Meeting - Dundee (November 2011)
  • Scottish Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Research Group Annual Meeting – Edinburgh (January 2016)
  • Royal Marsden talk at conference “Exercise – the fourth cancer treatment (January 2015)
  • Royal College of Medicine GP Masterclass in cancer survivorship (December 2015)
  • e-ESO webinar “The role of exercise in cancer rehabilitation” ( (Jan 2013)
  • Conference - Cancer and Consequences of Treatment, Warwick University (October 2010)
  • Denmark and Sweden Visit: 3 days of presentations and workshops in Copenhagen, Odense and Oslo to health professionals working in cancer rehabilitation with research colleague from National Institute of Health (NIH), USA.(March 2015)
  • Royal Mardsen Cancer Exercise conference (November 2016)
  • Cancer Symposium: ISBNPA, Cape Town, South Africa (June 2016)
  • Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh Annual Symposium (March 2017)
  • International Sydney Breast Cancer Conference, Sydney Australia (October, 2012)
  • European Urology Nursing Oncology (EUAN) conference, Madrid (May 2015)
  • European Cancer Congress (ECCO) “Cancer, now what? Returning to normal life”, Amsterdam (September 2013)
  • International Physical Activity and Health Conference Sydney, Australia, (November 2012)
  • Keynote “Innovations in Oncology – Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton (June 2013)
  • Keynote British Psychological Society “Sport & Exercise Psychology in Action” University of Chichester (October 2012)


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Breast Cancer Campaign Research Gap Advisory Group
  • Trial steering committee – B-AHEAD 2 Manchester
  • Macmillan Physical Activity and Cancer Advisory Group
  • Cancer and Physical Activity Standard Evaluation Framework Group
  • Co-Chair ACSM cancer special interest group
  • Prepare-ABC Trial Steering Committee
  • National Cancer Research Institute Lifestyle and Behaviour Change Subgroup
  • NICE PDG development on guidance on physical activity and cancer survivorship



  • Referee for two Cochrane Reviews
  • Referee for programme work: Prostate Cancer UK
  • Prostate Cancer UK
  • J Cancer Survivorship,
  • J Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Journal Clinical Oncology,
  • Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Chief Scientist Office (Health Services Research)
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Cancer Causes and Control,
  • British Medical Journal (BMJ),
  • Dutch Cancer Society Research Grants
  • Health Education Research
  • European Journal of Cancer Care,
  • European Journal of Oncology Nursing,
  • External reviewer for Irish Cancer Society’s PhD studentships
  • National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)
  • Physical Therapy,


Fellowships and Awards

  • MBE for services to cancer survivorship and exercise rehabilitation
  • Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching


Research Degree External Examining

  • External examiner for PhD Kevin Kipling at University of Huddersfield
  • External examiner for PhD student Lauri McDermott, University of Ulster
  • External examiner for PhD: Eric Martin at New South Wales University, Sydney Australia


External Examining/Validations

  • External reviewer of University of Chichester Masters programmes


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Cancer as a catalyst for change
  • 5 year follow up on breast cancer survivors in RCT exercise intervention
  • Feasibility of Chi-gung intervention for cancer survivors
  • CRIB
  • Consultancy Income for one day/week

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD supervisions

  • Exercise in the management of cancer related fatigue: feasibility, barriers and facilitators
  • Physiotherapy management of cancer related fatigue in the gyneacological cancer population
  • Effects of Exercise on lung cancer survivors