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Virginia Signal, Department of Public Health

virginia-signal

BN, MPH, PhD

Research Fellow; Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research group

Contact details  

Te: +64 4 918 6188
Fax +64 4 389 5319
Email virginia.signal@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities  

Virginia is an research fellow within the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research group. Her main research interests lie within improving Maori health and addressing inequities, particularly those seen for cancer. Her PhD investigated the effect of ethnicity and/or comorbidity on the stomach cancer treatment pathway and outcomes. Virginia has an oncology nursing and cancer-related health promotion and policy background.

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Publications

Signal, V., Gurney, J., Inns, S., McLeod, M., Sika-Paotonu, D., Sowerbutts, S., Teng, A., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Helicobacter pylori, stomach cancer and its prevention in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2019.1650081

Huang, S., Signal, V., Sarfati, D., Shaw, C., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K., & Gurney, J. (2018). Physical activity and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review. BMC Cancer, 18, 189. doi: 10.1186/s12885-018-4093-3

Signal, V., Huang, S., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K. A., & Gurney, J. K. (2018). Dairy consumption and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review. Nutrition & Cancer, 70(5), 710-736. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2018.1470655

Sarfati, D., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Signal, V., Stairmand, J., Krebs, J., Dowell, A., Leung, W., Davies, C., & Grainger, R. (2018). BetaMe: Impact of a comprehensive digital health programme on HbA1c and weight at 12 months for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 19, 161. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-2528-4

Gurney, J., Richiardi, L., McGlynn, K. A., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2017). Analgesia use during pregnancy and risk of cryptorchidism: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction, 32(5), 1118-1129. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dex047

Journal - Research Article

Huang, S., Signal, V., Sarfati, D., Shaw, C., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K., & Gurney, J. (2018). Physical activity and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review. BMC Cancer, 18, 189. doi: 10.1186/s12885-018-4093-3

Gurney, J., Richiardi, L., McGlynn, K. A., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2017). Analgesia use during pregnancy and risk of cryptorchidism: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction, 32(5), 1118-1129. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dex047

Makowharemahihi, C., Wall, J., Keay, G., Britton, C., McGibbon, M., LeGeyt, P., … Signal, V. (2016). Quality improvement: Indigenous influence in oral health policy, process, and practice. Journal of Health Care for the Poor & Underserved, 27(1, Suppl.), 54-60. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2016.0035

Signal, V., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Gurney, J., Koea, J., & Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2015). Indigenous inequities in the presentation and management of stomach cancer in New Zealand: A country with universal health care coverage. Gastric Cancer, 18(3), 571-579. doi: 10.1007/s10120-014-0410-y

Gurney, J., Shaw, C., Stanley, J., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2015). Cannabis exposure and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Cancer, 15, 897. doi: 10.1186/s12885-015-1905-6

Swart, E. M., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Dennett, E., Signal, V., Gurney, J., & Stanley, J. (2013). Ethnicity and rectal cancer management in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1384). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Journal - Research Other

Signal, V., Gurney, J., Inns, S., McLeod, M., Sika-Paotonu, D., Sowerbutts, S., Teng, A., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Helicobacter pylori, stomach cancer and its prevention in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2019.1650081

Signal, V., Huang, S., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K. A., & Gurney, J. K. (2018). Dairy consumption and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review. Nutrition & Cancer, 70(5), 710-736. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2018.1470655

Sarfati, D., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Signal, V., Stairmand, J., Krebs, J., Dowell, A., Leung, W., Davies, C., & Grainger, R. (2018). BetaMe: Impact of a comprehensive digital health programme on HbA1c and weight at 12 months for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 19, 161. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-2528-4

Gurney, J. K., McGlynn, K. A., Stanley, J., Merriman, T., Signal, V., Shaw, C., Edwards, R., … Sarfati, D. (2017). Risk factors for cryptorchidism. Nature Reviews Urology, 14, 534-548. doi: 10.1038/nrurol.2017.90

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Signal, V. (2013). Ethnic inequalities in stomach cancer treatment pathways. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 9(Suppl. 3), (pp. 74). doi: 10.1111/ajco.12144

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Signal, V. (2016, April). Indigenous inequities in the stomach cancer treatment pathway in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the World Indigenous Cancer Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Signal, V. (2016). Making sense of stomach cancer inequities in Aotearoa New Zealand (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/6681

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