Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Pharmacoepidemiology

Many of the greatest population health problems are in chronic disease and include large contributions from a lack of prioritisation and appropriate implementation regarding known hazards and effective prevention. Robust quantitative evidence is critical to addressing these. 



Program Leader

Professor Emily Banks is a public health physician and epidemiologist. She leads the EPP group and the Chronic Disease- and Pharmaco-epidemiology program within the group. She is currently the Scientific Director of the 45 and Up Study, Deputy Chair of the NHMRC Alcohol Working Group, a member of the Research and Data Advisory Group Cancer Australia and Heart Foundation Research Committee and a Visiting Professor at Oxford University. The main emphasis of her work has been in using large-scale data to identify potentially modifiable factors affecting individual and population health in different settings and to quantify their effects, to inform improvements in health and health care.

Biostatistical Leader

Dr Grace Joshy is a Research Fellow within the Chronic Disease Epidemiology group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population. A biostatistician by training, she is experienced in population health research, and has high level technical expertise in analysing large population based studies and complex linked administrative datasets. She has particular interest in causal modelling and cohort studies, in particular survival models. Her current research focuses on chronic diseases, Aboriginal health, health service use and healthy ageing using the 45 and Up Study and its linked datasets. Recent projects include work with the Global BMI Mortality Collaboration (Lancet 2016), a landmark study on smoking and mortality in Australia (BMC Medicine 2015) and a commissioned project on the estimation of life expectancy of Australian men by age and health status for the Cancer Council Australia and Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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