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Dr Ellen Copson

Dr Copson is a medical oncologist with a sub-specialty interest in breast cancer.


Training and education

  • Trained in medicine at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London, qualified 1996.
  • Senior house officer posts in London hospitals.
  • Specialist registrar training in medical oncology in Southampton, 2001.
  • Certificate of Completion of Training in medical oncology, December 2009.


Dr Copson has worked for the Trust since June 2009.

During her specialist registrar training period, she gained extensive experience in the management of all solid tumours. From 2008 onwards, Dr Copson has specialised in the medical management of early and metastatic breast cancer. She has a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of familial breast cancer.

Key achievements

  • Undertaking laboratory research investigating the pathogenic potential of missense mutations in the BRCA1 gene, 2004 to 2008.
  • Awarded PhD in March 2009.


  • A germ line mutation in the death domain of DAPK-1 inactivates ERK-induced apoptosis. Stevens C, Lin Y, Sanchez M, Amin E, Copson E, White H, Durston V, Eccles DM, Hupp T. J Biol Chem 2007; 282: 13791-803.
  • Plasmablastic lymphoma: a case of rectal disease with spinal cord compression. Ambil R, Copson ER, Addis B, Mead GM, Shrinkfield M.  Leukaemia and Lymphoma 2006; 282: 2670-3.
  • Influence of the mdm2 polymorphism snp309 on tumour development in carriers of BRCA1 mutations. Copson ER, White H, Blaydes JP, Robinson DO, Johnson PW, Eccles DM. BOC Cancer 2006; 6: 80-86.
  • Liver metastases in germ cell cancer; defining the role of post-chemotherapy surgery. Copson ER, McKendrick J, Hennessey N, Tung K & Mead G.   BJU International 2004; 94: 552-558.