Esther Roura

Statistics, Research Assistant
Department: PREC UNIC I&I

Esther Roura is a biostatistician from Barcelona, Spain. She has the bachelor’s degree in statistics (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 2005) and a Master of Public Health from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 2009). She is currently completing her PhD in medicine and translational research (Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) where she is examining the associations between HPV serology, tobacco smoking, hormonal factors and other co-factors on the risk of developing cervical cancer, using a large European prospective cohort. Since 2005, she has been a biostatistician at the Infections and Cancer Unit (Cancer Epidemiology Research Programme) at the Institut Català d’Oncologia (ICO) (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain).

For the past 10 years, Esther Roura has been involved in the clinical programme of various HPV vaccine trials conducted at ICO. She was the coordinator of six phase II-III clinical trials on HPV vaccination: one trial testing the bivalent vaccine against HPV 16/18 infections, two trials testing the quadrivalent vaccine against HPV 6/11/16/18 infections, and three other trials testing the new generation of polyvalent HPV vaccines. Esther has focused her research interests on the epidemiology of HPV and cervical cancer. She was in charge of the statistical analyses of two epidemiological studies conducted in Spain: HPV infection, screening on cervical cancer and sexual behaviour indicators (AFRODITA study), and on the prevalence of HPV infection in women that undergo cervical cancer screening (CLEOPATRE Spain study). She has also been the principal coordinator of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Cervix study, that evaluates the associations between several risk factors and cervical cancer risk, and responsible for the statistical analysis as well as publications. Esther has been involved in the evaluation of the cervical cancer screening programme, genital warts, and HPV vaccination programme in Catalonia (Spain) using the Information System of Primary Care Services (SISAP).

Esther Roura is author or co-author of 11 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has presented findings at 15 national and international conferences.

Esther Roura is a member of different groups (2009SGR1026, CB06/02/0073) supporting research on HPV and HPV-related cancers.

ResearcherID: G-5090-2015