Hi, I'm Mhairi ("Vari").

I help cancer professionals to engage their patients with healthy lifestyle changes to reduce secondary cancers and improve patient outcomes. 


Dr Mhairi ("Vari") Morris

I’m a Biochemistry lecturer and cancer researcher at Loughborough University in the UK, and I love teaching. I’m a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I was also awarded local Teacher Fellow status at my previous institution.

I created Essential Cancer Education because of my geeky obsession with cancer biology! But more seriously, because I wanted to do something that would make a difference to patients' lives - albeit indirectly.


Making cancer science accessible

As an academic, though, one of my biggest frustrations is around clear communication in science education. I’m not your typical academic, you see, and I’m not afraid to admit that I too get bored when reading some textbooks and journal articles. Sometimes they can be so stuffy!

A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure and honor of working with a group of teenage and young adult cancer patients as part of a research project I’m involved with. We were exploring ways that a personalized 3D printed model of a patient’s tumor could help them come to terms with their diagnosis.

It was during this time in my life that I began to explore the idea of communicating cancer clearly and I’ve become passionate about explaining complex cancer science in easy-to-understand, accessible language – and so Essential Cancer Education was born.

My aim with Essential Cancer Education is to help cancer professionals provide valuable, evidence-based learning packages to equip their patients and clients with a complete understanding of their diagnosis, so they feel empowered to make informed decisions about their cancer care options.

Demystifying Cancer Biology

What cancer actually is and the science behind its 'success'

If you haven't already, make sure you grab a copy of my eBook on Amazon, "Demystifying Cancer Biology" - an accessible version of Hanahan & Weinberg's seminal article on the topic, written in easy-to-understand language using everyday metaphors and analogies.

My students rave about this, saying it helps them to understand what would otherwise be a very complex topic.


Clarity on Cancer

YOUR Professional Framework For Patient Engagement

Learn about our flagship online training program which will to help you maintain your own continuous professional development.

A 3-step system to maximize patient engagement so that you can spend more time helping your patients achieve their top priority goals.


If you'd like to arrange a phone call to discuss bespoke requirements, please fill in your contact details in the form below and I'll get back to you within 48 hours.

ALL my best wishes

Mhairi ("Vari")



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Join me for the live online training workshop in which you’ll learn some tips for understanding the complex world of cancer science, and where you’ll also discover how to transform your ability to deliver exceptional cancer care to make a bigger impact in this world, and learn how to stop making the classic mistakes that many cancer professionals inadvertently make. 💝


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