Our Cancer Epidemiology Division is a world-leading research unit working to expand our understanding of the factors that contribute to or protect against the development of cancer, or survival following a cancer diagnosis.
Improving our efforts at cancer control is the focus of our multidisciplinary team of epidemiologists, dieticians, statisticians, data managers and support staff.
Our main areas of research are:
- lifestyle epidemiology (with an emphasis physical activity and diet)
- genetic and molecular epidemiology
- prostate, breast, stomach and bladder cancer epidemiology
- epidemiology of rare and under-researched cancers
- cancer risk prediction modelling
Our research platforms and programs include:
Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (Health 2020)
Australian Breakthrough Cancer Study (ABC Study)
Prostate Cancer Program
Rare or Under-Researched Cancers Program
- To provide a high-quality epidemiological infrastructure for Cancer Council Victoria in terms of research resources and scientists.
- To generate evidence to underpin cancer control efforts by conducting high-quality research, focussed on causes of cancer, cancer genetics, cancer risk prediction and cancer survival.
- To build strategic and collaborative links with cancer research and control programs and related institutions, nationally and internationally.
- To disseminate epidemiological knowledge about cancer.
- To facilitate and collaborate on epidemiological research into other chronic diseases.
Head of Cancer Epidemiology Division
BCom, BSW, BA, Grad Dip Clinical Epi, MSc, PhD
Roger is an epidemiologist with expertise in international collaboration and the analysis of genetic and lifestyle data from observational studies. He joined Cancer Council Victoria in 2013 and was appointed the Cancer Epidemiology Division’s Head in 2017.
Deputy Head of Cancer Epidemiology Division
BSc, MScs Comm, PhD
Brigid is a cancer epidemiologist whose research focuses on how physical activity and sedentary behaviour are associated with cancer risk, and health outcomes for cancer survivors.
Distinguished Research Fellow
BSc, MSc, PhD
Graham is a cancer epidemiologist with 40 years of research experience. He joined Cancer Council Victoria in 1983 and stepped down as Head of the Cancer Epidemiology Division in 2017.
Principal Research Fellow
BSc (Hons), Grad Dip Epi Biostat, PhD
Robert is an epidemiologist with over 20 years’ experience in the design and analysis of studies examining the role of genetic and environmental causes of chronic diseases, particularly cancer.
Principal Research Fellow
BAgSc (Hons), BSc, Grad Dip Diet, MEnvSc, Grad Dip Epi Biostats, PhD
Allison is an epidemiologist with over 20 years’ experience in nutritional epidemiology. She collaborates with researchers in Australia and overseas who have used dietary data from CED studies or collected dietary data using CED-developed dietary questionnaires.
MBBS MSc MD PhD
Harindra is a medically qualified epidemiologist. He previously worked at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Melbourne, and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Senior Manager, Research Coordination
BSc, Grad Dip App Psych, MA App Sc (Epidemiology), DPH
Fiona is an epidemiologist with over 20 years’ experience, primarily in cancer, reproductive and perinatal epidemiology.
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
Julie is a biostatistician who oversees the work of the Cancer Epidemiology Division’s Statistical Analysis Team.
Rebecca is a health services researcher. Her research interests include inequities in cancer care, particularly rural-urban inequities, access and timeliness of cancer care, optimal care pathways, and understanding cancer policymaking.
Ann trained as a reproductive biologist, and has spent much of the last 25 years on laboratory-based work and heading research teams.
Sherly is a registered dietitian whose research interests include how hereditary factors modify the association between lifestyle risk factors (e.g. diet) and risk of chronic disease.
Geoff is a research psychologist and statistician with extensive experience in mental health research, including psychiatric epidemiology, mental health services, and mental health policy research.
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Our researchers collaborate extensively with other researchers in Australia and overseas. Contact us here or contact our researchers directly.