Nigel-BrocktonDr. Nigel Brockton is a research scientist who specializes in the field of molecular epidemiology. He believes that there is an inflammatory component to every chronic disease, including cancer. Dr. Brockton has received funding to study breast cancer metastasis to the bone; up to 40% of women with breast cancer already have cells from their breast tumours in their bone marrow, but only a small number of those patients actually develop tumours (metastases) in the bone. Dr. Brockton believes this could be related to any number of factors, including vitamin D status and inflammatory factors that encourage the cancer to progress. Dr. Brockton is also studying lifestyle and environmental factors related to the progression of colorectal cancer, and markers of hypoxia in head and neck cancer.


Current Appointments

Research Scientist-Molecular Epidemiology
Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Alberta Health Services-CancerControl Alberta
Calgary, AB

Adjunct Associate Professor
Preventive Oncology
Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Full Member
Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute
Calgary, Alberta

Associate Member
Calgary Institute for Population and Public Health
Calgary, Alberta

Education and Training
  • 2002-2007    PDF, Division of Maternal and Child Health Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK
  • 1997-2003    Ph. D., Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1990-1994    B. Sc. (Honours), Applied Marine Biology, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
Current Research Studies