Anton Barchuk


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Anton Barchuk obtained his MD (2005) from St. Petersburg Pavlov Medical University in 2005, completed training in thoracic surgery and defended his Candidate of Sciences (PhD, 2010) in Oncology. His primary interest was lung cancer early detection. In 2015, he started his education and work as an epidemiologist at Tampere University, Finland. Anton Barchuk defended his PhD in epidemiology at Tampere University in 2023.

He initiated and participated as an editor in the translation of ICD-O-3, published in 2017. In 2019-2020, he established a research centre and master's programme in Public Health at two universities in St.Petersburg and led research projects during the COVID-19 pandemic (SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence and vaccine effectiveness). He also contributes to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Global Initiative for Cancer Registry (CIGR), focusing on developing cancer registries in low and middle-income countries and quality assessment of cancer registry data. Anton’s scientific interests are focused on the use of cancer registry data for epidemiological research.


Cancer research

International burden of cancer deaths and years of life lost from cancer attributable to four major risk factors: a population-based study in Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and United States. Rumgay H, Cabasag CJ, Offman J, de Camargo Cancela M, Barchuk A, Mathur P, Wang S, Wei W, Sasieni P, Soerjomataram I., eClinicalMedicine, 2023, 102289

Breast and cervical cancer screening practices in nine countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia: a population-based survey. Znaor, A., Ryzhov, A., Losada, M.L., Carvalho, A., Smelov, V., Barchuk, A., Valkov, M., Ten, E., Andreasyan, D., Zhizhilashvili, S. and Dushimova, Z., 2023. Journal of Cancer Policy, p.100436.

Completeness of regional cancer registry data in Northwest Russia 2008-2017. Barchuk A, Tursun-Zade R, Nazarova E, Komarov Y, Tyurina E, Tumanova Y, Belyaev A, Znaor A. BMC Cancer. 2023 Oct 18;23(1):994.

Comparability and validity of cancer registry data in the northwest of Russia A Barchuk, R Tursun-Zade, A Belayev, M Moore, et al. Acta Oncologica 60 (10), 1264-1271, 2021

History and current status of cancer registration in Russia A Barchuk, A Belyaev, O Gretsova, R Tursun-Zade, N Moshina, A Znaor Cancer Epidemiology 73, 101963, 2021

Productivity losses associated with premature mortality due to cancer in Russia: A population-wide study covering 2001–2030. Barchuk A, Bespalov A, Huhtala H, Chimed T, Belyaev A, Moore M, Anttila A, Auvinen A, Pearce A, Soerjomataram I. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 2019 Jul;47(5):482-91.

Breast and cervical cancer incidence and mortality trends in Russia 1980-2013 Barchuk A, Bespalov A, Huhtala H, Chimed T, Laricheva I, Belyaev A, Freddie Bray, Anttila A, Auvinen A. Cancer Epidemiology. 2018 Aug;55:73-80.

Productivity losses due to premature mortality from cancer in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS): A population-based comparison. Pearce A, Sharp L, Hanly P, Barchuk A, Bray F, de Camargo Cancela M, Gupta P, Meheus F, Qiao YL, Sitas F, Wang SM, Soerjomataram I. Cancer Epidemiology. 2018 Apr; 53:27-34.

Comparison of breast cancer and cervical cancer stage distributions in ten newly independent states of the former Soviet Union: a population-based study. A Ryzhov, M Corbex, M Piñeros, A Barchuk, et al. The Lancet Oncology 22 (3), 361-369, 2021

Cancer screening simulation models: a state of the art review. Bespalov, A., Barchuk, A., Auvinen, A., Nevalainen, J., BMC medical informatics and decision making, 21(1), 1-10, 2021

Stomach Cancer Incidence and Mortality Trends among Circumpolar Nations J Simkin, S Nash, A Barchuk et al. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 2021, 30(5):845-856

A pragmatic approach to tackle the rising burden of breast cancer through prevention & early detection in countries ‘in transition’ P Basu, L Zhang, R Hariprasad, AL Carvalho, A Barchuk. The Indian Journal of Medical Research 152 (4), 343, 2020

Prostate cancer incidence and mortality in the Baltic states, Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Patasius, A., Innos, K., Barchuk, A., Ryzhov, A., Leja, M., Misins, J., Yaumenenka, A. and Smailyte, G., BMJ Open, 2019, 9(10), p.e031856.

The economic impact of cancer mortality among working-age individuals in Brazil from 2001 to 2030. Cancela MD, Dos Santos JE, de Souza LB, Martins LF, de Souza DL, Barchuk A, Hanly P, Sharp L, Soerjomataram I, Pearce A. Cancer Epidemiology. 2023 Oct 1;86:102438.


COVID-19 research projects

Gam-COVID-Vac, EpiVacCorona, and CoviVac effectiveness against lung injury during Delta and Omicron variant surges in St. Petersburg, Russia: a test-negative case-control study. Barchuk, A., Bulina, A., Cherkashin, M. et al. Respiratory Research, 23, 276 (2022).

Vaccine effectiveness against referral to hospital after SARS-CoV-2 infection in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the Delta variant surge: a test-negative case-control study. Barchuk, A., Cherkashin, M., Bulina, A. et al. BMC Medicine 20, 312 (2022).

COVID-19 vaccines effectiveness against symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 during Delta variant surge: a preliminary assessment from a case-control study in St. Petersburg, Russia. Barchuk, A., Bulina, A., Cherkashin, M. et al. BMC Public Health 22, 1803 (2022).

COVID-19 pandemic in St. Petersburg, Russia: Combining population-based serological study and surveillance data. Barchuk A, et al., Plos One 17(6): e0266945.

Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in St. Petersburg, Russia: a population-based study. Barchuk A et al., Scientific Reports 11 (1), 1-9, 2021

Evaluation of the performance of SARS-CoV-2 antibody assays for a longitudinal population-based study of COVID-19 spread in St. Petersburg, Russia. Barchuk A, Shirokov D, Sergeeva M, et al. Journal of Medical Virology 93 (10), 5846-5852, 2021


Other projects

Evaluation of Machine Learning Algorithm Utilization for Lung Cancer Classification Based on Gene Expression Levels. Podolsky MD, Barchuk AA, et al. Asian-Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 2016;17(2):835-8.

Online breath analysis using metal oxide semiconductor sensors (electronic nose) for diagnosis of lung cancer. Kononov, A., Korotetsky, B., Jahatspanian, I., Gubal, A., Vasiliev, A., Arsenjev, A., Nefedov, A., Barchuk, A., et al. Journal of Breath Research, 2019, 14(1).