Dr Copson is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology in the Cancer Sciences Division at the University of Southampton, School of Medicine. She graduated in medicine with honours from the University of London in 1996 having also gained a first class Bachelor of Science degree in immunology. She went on to train in Medical Oncology firstly at St. George’s Hospital, London and then Southampton General Hospital, completing her specialist training in 2008. Between 2004 and 2007, Dr Copson undertook a PhD investigating DNA variants of unknown significance in the BRCA1 gene as a Cancer Research UK Clinical Fellow under the supervision of Professor Diana Eccles. This led to a particular interest in inherited breast cancer. In 2009 Dr Copson took up a position as a full-time NHS medical oncology consultant specializing in the medical treatment of breast cancer at Salisbury Foundation NHS Trust and Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust. She returned to academic medicine in 2012, accepting a position as a part-time senior lecturer in medical oncology at Southampton University.
Dr Copson now combines her clinical breast cancer practice with clinical research. She is particularly interested in host factors which influence the response to systemic treatments for early breast cancer. She is a key member of the team currently analyzing data from a large national cohort study (the Prospective study of Outcomes in Sporadic versus Hereditary breast cancer, POSH study and is currently working with the Southampton Biomedical Research Centre-Nutrition team to investigate the impact of body composition on early breast cancer. She also acts as clinical advisor for a number of pre-clinical studies investigating the biology of breast cancer, and for several early breast cancer survivorship studies. Dr Copson is principle investigator for a number of clinical trials in early and advanced breast cancer.