- 16 November 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday 16 November 2017, 1.00 PM
Auditorium, Level 6, Bancroft Building
The skin cancer epidemic: A frying shame
Professor David Whiteman,
Cancer Control Group,
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Until recently, Australians had the highest rates of skin cancers (BCC, SCC, melanoma) in the world. My group has used a variety of epidemiologic techniques to investigate this epidemic in an effort to inform skin cancer control activities. Our main resource is the QSKIN Study, a prospective cohort of 43,794 Queensland residents recruited in 2010. The cohort has been followed through data linkage for the past 7 years, and provides rich new insights into the occurrence and causes of these common cancers. Novel findings from the study will be reported. In addition, the study has collected DNA samples on 19,000 participants. All samples have been genotyped and the data are being cleaned for analyses. If things go well, these data might also be shared.
David Whiteman is a medical epidemiologist with a special interest in the causes, control and prevention of cancer. He received his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 1991, and his PhD in cancer epidemiology in 1997. He was awarded a Nuffield Medical Research Fellowship to undertake post-doctoral training at the University of Oxford in cancer epidemiology. He returned to Brisbane in 2000, and now leads a large program of cancer research comprising national and international studies of melanoma and other cancers.