Background and Research interests
Merel’s main focus is health research, with a current focus on cancer care. She is currently working on a CanTest project called ‘Establishing diagnostic accuracy, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of haemoglobin in faecal immunochemical tests (FITs) in the English primary care systematic population: a cohort study in the East of England’. She has worked as a research associate for the Primary Care Unit at the Dept of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge from 2012. She was first involved in the POLYPILL programme, which investigated whether a ‘polypill’ have a role in secondary prevention of stroke in older people in the developed world. This included work on a CTIMP. From 2017, she has managed the MELATOOLS programme, a set of studies that aimed to improve timely diagnosis of melanoma through optimisation of GP and patient assessment of pigmented skin lesions. Merel obtained her PhD from the University of Leiden where she investigated dual-task performance, functional capacity limitations and episodic storage through behavioural and electrophysiological experiments in healthy volunteers.
Walter FM, Pannebakker MP, Barclay ME, Mills K, Saunders CL, Murchie P, Corrie P, Hall P, Burrows N, Emery JD. Effect of a Skin Self-monitoring Smartphone Application on Time to Physician Consultation Among Patients With Possible Melanoma: A Phase 2 Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open 2020, 3(2):e200001. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.0001
OT Jones, LC Jurascheck, M Utukuri, MM Pannebakker, J Emery, FM Walter. (2019). Dermoscopy use in UK primary care: a survey of GPs with a special interest in dermatology. British Journal of Dermatology
Pannebakker MM., Mills K., Johnson M, Emery JD., Walter FM. (2019). Understanding implementation and usefulness of electronic clinical decision support (eCDS) for melanoma in English primary care: a qualitative investigation. British Journal of General Practice Open. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgpopen18X101635
D Edwards, M Sola, Z Yang, M Pannebakker, A Rashid, J Mant (2018). Medication taking to prevent a second stroke: a systematic review and qualitative synthesis. UK Stroke Forum Abstracts 2018, International Journal of Stroke, 13(3_suppl), 10–65. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747493018801108.
Mills K, Emery JD, Lantaff R, Radford M, Pannebakker MM, Hall P, Burrows NP, Williams KM, Saunders CL, Murchie P, Walter FM. (2017). Protocol for the MelaTools Skin Self-Monitoring Trial: a phase II randomised controlled trial of an intervention for primary care patients at higher risk of melanoma. BMJ Open ;7:e017934. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-017934.
Redley, M., Pannebakker, M.M. and Holland, A. (2016). Improving the Health and Well-Being of Adults With Conditions of a Genetic Origin: Views from Professionals, Syndrome Support Groups and Parents. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. doi:10.1111/jar.12293
Habel, A. et al., (2014). Towards a safety net for management of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: guidelines for our times. European Journal of Pediatrics, 173: 757-765.
Pannebakker, M.M.,Jolicœur, P., Van Dam, W., Band, G.P.H., Ridderinkhof, K.R., & Hommel, B. (2011). Mental rotation impairs attention shifting and short-term memory encoding: Neurophysiological evidence against the response-selection bottleneck model of dual-task performance. Neuropsychologia, 49, 2985-2993.
Colzato, L.S., Van den Wildenberg, W.P.M., Van Wouwe, N.C., Pannebakker, M.M., & Hommel, B. (2009). Dopamine and inhibitory action control: Evidence from spontaneous eye blink rates. Experimental Brain Research, 196, 467-474.
Pannebakker, M.M., Band, G.P.H., & Ridderinkhof, K.R. (2009). Operation compatibility: a neglected contribution to dual-task costs. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35, 447-460.
Colzato, L.S., Spapé, M., Pannebakker, M.M., & Hommel, B. (2007). Working Memory and the Attentional Blink: Blink size is predicted by individual differences in operation span. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14 (6), 1051-1057