Dr Kathryn Erica Bradbury

BSc MSc PhD Otago.


I was awarded my PhD in Human Nutrition, from the University of Otago, in 2013. I then spent 5 years in the Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, at the University of Oxford. In Oxford I worked as a nutritional epidemiologist on large cohort studies: the Million Women Study, the European Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), and the UK Biobank. Broadly, I am interested in examining the role of diet in the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other non-communicable diseases. I also have a special interest in researching the health and nutritional status of vegetarians.

Research | Current

I am currently the principal investigator of a project in UK Biobank, examining food and nutrient intake in relation to cancer incidence.


2019 - Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship

2014 - Girdlers' New Zealand Health Research Council Fellowship

Areas of expertise

I have particular expertise in traditional and web-based dietary assessment methods, nutritional epidmiology (including prospective analyses of large cohort studies), biomarkers of nutritional status (including folate), blood lipids, the role of diet in the development of gastrointestinal cancers, and vegetarian nutrition.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Morris, J. S., Bradbury, K. E., Cross, A. J., Gunter, M. J., & Murphy, N. (2018). Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and colorectal cancer risk in the UK Biobank. British journal of cancer, 118 (6), 920-929. 10.1038/bjc.2017.496
  • Bradbury, K. E., Young, H. J., Guo, W., & Key, T. J. (2018). Dietary assessment in UK Biobank: an evaluation of the performance of the touchscreen dietary questionnaire. Journal of nutritional science, 710.1017/jns.2017.66
  • Ortega, L. S., Bradbury, K. E., Cross, A. J., Morris, J. S., Gunter, M. J., & Murphy, N. (2017). A prospective investigation of body size, body fat composition and colorectal cancer risk in the UK biobank. Scientific Reports, 710.1038/s41598-017-17997-5
  • Bradbury, K. E., Tong, T. Y., & Key, T. J. (2017). Dietary intake of high-protein foods and other major foods in meat-eaters, poultry-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans in UK biobank. Nutrients, 9 (12)10.3390/nu9121317
  • Gunter, M. J., Murphy, N., Cross, A. J., Dossus, L., Dartois, L., Fagherazzi, G., ... Aleksandrova, K. (2017). Coffee drinking and mortality in 10 European countries: A multinational cohort study. Annals of Internal Medicine, 167 (4), 236-247. 10.7326/M16-2945
  • Perez-Cornago, A., Key, T. J., Allen, N. E., Fensom, G. K., Bradbury, K. E., Martin, R. M., & Travis, R. C. (2017). Prospective investigation of risk factors for prostate cancer in the UK Biobank cohort study. British Journal of Cancer, 117, 1562-1571. 10.1038/bjc.2017.312
  • Appleby, P. N., Crowe, F. L., Bradbury, K. E., Travis, R. C., & Key, T. J. (2016). Mortality in vegetarians and comparable nonvegetarians in the United Kingdom. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 103 (1), 218-230. 10.3945/ajcn.115.119461
  • Bradbury, K. E., Crowe, F. L., Appleby, P. N., Schmidt, J. A., Travis, R. C., & Key, T. J. (2015). Serum concentrations of cholesterol, apolipoprotein A-I and apolipoprotein B in a total of 1694 meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans. European journal of clinical nutrition, 69 (10)10.1038/ejcn.2015.134

Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 4, Room 475
New Zealand