Centre for Genomic & Experimental Medicine
Centre for Genomic & Experimental Medicine

Iain Nixon (Affiliate)

ENT surgeon with an interest in academic medicine

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Mr Iain Nixon

Research in a Nutshell

My background is in outcomes research for head and neck and thyroid cancer.  More recently I have been involved in liquid biopsy in head and neck cancer and cell-free DNA analysis in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma in particular. 






  • Professor Tim Aitman


Mr Iain Nixon Group Leader

Abbie Coote

Honours Medical Student

Victoria Salati

Head and Neck Fellow


Key Publications

Longitudinal measurement of HPV copy number in cell-free DNA is associated with patient outcomes in HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer. Warlow SJ, Adamowicz M, Thomson JP, Wescott RA, Robert C, Carey LM, Thain H, Cuschieri K, Li LQ, Conn B, Hay A, Nixon IJ, Aitman TJ. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2022 Jun;48(6):1224-1234. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2022.03.232. Epub 2022 Apr 6. PMID: 35431082 Free article.  


The role of liquid biopsy in management of the neck with indeterminate response on post-treatment imaging following non-surgical management of oropharyngeal cancer. Li LQ, Adamowicz M, Wescott RA, Warlow SJ, Thomson JP, Robert C, Carey LM, Thain H, Cuschieri K, Conn B, Hay A, Aitman TJ, Nixon IJ. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2023 Jan;49(1):55-59. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2022.09.016. Epub 2022 Sep 29. PMID: 36244845  


Complications and predisposing factors from a decade of total laryngectomy. Thompson CSG, Asimakopoulos P, Evans A, Vernham G, Hay AJ, Nixon IJ. J Laryngol Otol. 2020 Mar;134(3):256-262. doi: 10.1017/S0022215120000341. Epub 2020 Feb 21. PMID: 32079554  


An International Multi-Institutional Validation of Age 55 Years as a Cutoff for Risk Stratification in the AJCC/UICC Staging System for Well-Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Nixon IJ, Wang LY, Migliacci JC, Eskander A, Campbell MJ, Aniss A, Morris L, Vaisman F, Corbo R, Momesso D, Vaisman M, Carvalho A, Learoyd D, Leslie WD, Nason RW, Kuk D, Wreesmann V, Morris L, Palmer FL, Ganly I, Patel SG, Singh B, Tuttle RM, Shaha AR, Gönen M, Pathak KA, Shen WT, Sywak M, Kowalski L, Freeman J, Perrier N, Shah JP. Thyroid. 2016 Mar;26(3):373-80. doi: 10.1089/thy.2015.0315. Epub 2016 Feb 25. PMID: 26914539 Free PMC article.  


Outcomes for patients with papillary thyroid cancer who do not undergo prophylactic central neck dissection. Nixon IJ, Wang LY, Ganly I, Patel SG, Morris LG, Migliacci JC, Tuttle RM, Shah JP, Shaha AR. Br J Surg. 2016 Feb;103(3):218-25. doi: 10.1002/bjs.10036. Epub 2015 Oct 29. PMID: 26511531 Free PMC article.




Scientific Themes

Head and neck cancer, Thyroid cancer, Liquid biopsy, Cell-free DNA