Dr Susan Jordan is a Senior Research Fellow and heads the Cancer Causes and Care group at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. She currently holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (2014-17) and previously held an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2008-13). Susan completed her PhD through the University of Queensland and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in 2007, receiving a Deans Commendation for her work. Before moving into full-time research in 2004, she worked in clinical medicine for over ten years in rural and urban general practice in NSW and QLD.
Susan leads a program of research which aims to increase knowledge of cancer causes and to investigate variations in patient care and outcomes. Ultimately the aim is to use this new information to decrease the burden of cancer for the Australian population by facilitating its translation into clinical practice and policy. She leads projects on ovarian, kidney and thyroid cancers examining both aetiology and patterns of care in the Australian setting.
Current QIMR Berghofer appointment
- 2015 – current: Senior Research Fellow and Team Head, NHMRC Career Development Fellowship
Other current appointments
- 2012 – present: Adjunct Fellow, The School of Population Health, The University of Queensland
- 2012 – 2014: Senior Research Officer, (NHMRC Early Career Fellowship/ Career Development Fellowship)
- 2012: Research Officer, (NHMRC Early Career Fellowship)
- 2008 – 2012: NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The School of Population Health, The University of Queensland
- 2003 – 2007: PhD scholar, (enrolled through School of Population Health, The University of Queensland)
- 1997 – 2003: General Practitioner: Orange, NSW; Arana Hills, Brisbane, QLD; Indooroopilly, Brisbane, QLD
- 1996 – 1999: Visiting Medical Officer: general practice/obstetrics, Orange Base Hospital
- 1996 – 1997: General Practice Registrar RACGP: Orange, NSW; Cowra, NSW
- 1994 – 1995: Rural Registrar in anaesthetics/intensive care and obstetrics/gynaecology: Orange Base Hospital, NSW
- 1992 – 1994: Intern and Resident Medical Officer, St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, NSW and Orange Base Hospital, NSW
Current Area of Research
My primary area of research interest is cancer epidemiology and my main focus to date has been ovarian cancer. More recently, I have broadened this focus to include thyroid and kidney cancers. Current projects are investigating:
- Large-scale data linkage to investigate ovarian cancer aetiology
- The aetiology and pathways to diagnosis of thyroid cancer by molecular subtype
- Quality of life after thyroid cancer diagnosis.
- Patterns of care for renal cell carcinoma in Qld 2012-2013
- The aetiology (including genetic) of renal cell carcinoma.
- Use of cancer screening services in Australians with severe mental illness
- Hysterectomy, oophorectomy and chronic disease outcomes
- One of the first aetiological studies of fallopain tube and primary peritoneal cancer, which provided support for the contention that most ovarian cancers arise in fallopian tubes rather than ovaries (part of PhD studies supervised by Prof Penny Webb).
- First population-based risk factor study of benign epithelial ovarian tumours – showed risk factors varied by subtype and suggested links with some but not all subtypes of invasive ovarian cancer.
- Meta-analysis of the association between smoking and ovarian cancer – showed no association for the most common subtype but a significantly elevated risk of mucinous ovarian cancers among smokers.
- Two studies showing that breast feeding is associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer.
- Comprehensive analysis of patterns of chemotherapy use for ovarian cancer in Australia – prompted revision of ovarian cancer chemotherapy guidelines & national forum on improving clinical uptake of guidelines.
- Detailed assessment of the clinical factors associated with survival among Australian women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
- Comprehensive assessment of incidence patterns of thyroid cancer over time in Queensland – suggests that while increasing diagnosis of indolent cancers is contributing to the rise in thyroid cancer incidence, it is likely that other factors are also driving a true increase in disease.
- 2013 – current: International Epidemiological Association
- 2010 – current: Australian Epidemiological Association
- 1992 – current: Australian Medical Association
- 1994 – current: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- 2012: Post-doctoral Award, QIMR
- 2011: ‘Best of the Best Oral Award in Epidemiology’, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, Annual Scientific Meeting, Perth
- 2008 – 2010: Certificates of Research Achievement, School of Population Health, The University of Queensland.
- 2007: Dean’s Commendation List (UQ) for Outstanding PhD
- 2007: Finalist, The Australian Society for Medical Research Premier’s Award (postgraduate student division)
- 2007: Finalist, Cure Cancer Australia Foundation National Young Researcher of the Year Awards (predoctoral division)
- 2005: Second Prize (oral presentation) QIMR Student Conference
- 2005: Best student presentation, School of Population Health Student Conference, The University of Queensland
- 2005: Graduate School Research Travel Award, The University of Queensland
- 2003 – 2006: Australian Postgraduate Award, The University of Queensland
- 2003 – 2005: PhD Top-Up Scholarship, QIMR
- 2007: PhD, Queensland Institute of Medical Research and School of Population Health, The University of Queensland
- 2000: Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology, The University of Newcastle
- 1997: Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
- 1995: Diploma of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRANZCOG)
- 1991: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Hons, The University of NSW