SHARON HANLEY is a cancer epidemiologist and Senior Lecturer at Hokkaido University Centre for Environmental and Health Sciences. She obtained her PhD. from the Departments of Public Health Medicine and Reproductive Endocrinology and Oncology at the same university. She also has an MA (Hons) in Modern Languages from the University of St Andrews. Sharon has an outstanding record of public health leadership in both cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination. She sits on several national and international steering groups for cervical cancer control, including the Japan Cancer Society’s working group for HPV Self-sampling, the International HPV Prevention and Control Board, and the COVID-19 and Cancer Global Modelling Consortium. Sharon is also the lead investigator of a prefectural-wide clinical trial of 15,000 women comparing HPV testing to cytology as a primary screening tool to better inform the Japanese government about why HPV testing is superior to cytology as primary screening test.

Sharon strives towards as many young girls as possible getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) and has been invited to speak on the topic of HPV vaccine hesitancy at over 50 national and international meetings. She has also provided consultation on HPV vaccine safety to public health professionals in countries such as Ireland, Denmark and Columbia, who have faced issues similar to Japan regarding HPV vaccine hesitancy.

Sharon is passionate about equity in public health outcomes and as a full-time member of Hokkaido University Hospital International Medicine Committee and a volunteer interpreter and translator for Sapporo English Medical Interpreters group, she uses her native level proficiency in Japanese to help non-Japanese citizens access local cervical cancer screening and childhood immunization programmes.


2021 Excellent Original Paper Award:

Impact of HPV vaccine hesitancy on cervical cancer in Japan: a modelling Study,
Lancet Public Health, 2020 Apr;5(4):e223-e234
Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine

2020 Excellent Teacher Award:  

Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine

2020 Daiwa Award:

Using 21st Century Technology to Prevent Cervical Cancer Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
 (In collaboration with Aberdeen University)

2019 Butterfield Award:

HPV based interventions for the prevention of cervical cancer,
Sasakawa Foundation, London (In collaboration with Edinburgh University)

2016 Women in Global Science (WINGS) Award:

Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan (In Collaboration with Dr Hans  Dornbusch, Austria)

2015 International Travel Award (Excellent Oral Presentation):

The Japanese HPV Vaccine Tragedy,
41st Annual Meeting of Korean Cancer Association, Seoul, South Korea

2015 Good Poster Award:

The Role of HPV Self-Sampling to Increase Cervical Screening Uptake,    
66th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Yokohama, Japan

2014 Best Oral Presentation:

Attitudes towards HPV Self-Sampling and Physician Led Cervical Screeningin Japanese Women,
AOGIN 2014, Peking, China

2012 Best Original Paper:

Acceptance of and attitudes towards human papillomavirus vaccination in Japanese mothers
of adolescent girls, Vaccine. 2012 Aug 24;30(39):5740-7
Japanese Foundation for Sexual Health Medicine Tokyo, Japan

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