Professor Robyn Lucas

Emeritus Professor


Professor Robyn Lucas is a medically trained epidemiologist. She was the lead author of the Global Burden of Disease due to Ultraviolet Radiation and the study coordinator for the Ausimmune Study examining environmental risk factors for multiple sclerosis. Her current work focuses on vitamin D, sun exposure and immune function, and public health messages for optimal sun exposure.


Research interests

Environmental impact assessment Epidemiology Research, science and technology policy




  • Ponsonby A-L., Lucas RM., van der Mei I., Dear K., Valery PC., Pender MP., Taylor BV., Kilpatrick TJ., Coulthard A., Chapman C., Williams D., McMichael AJ., Dwyer T. Offspring number, pregnancy and risk of a first clinical demyelinating event: the Ausimmune study. Neurology 2012; 78(12):867-74
  • Lucas RM and Gies P (2011) Stratospheric Ozone. In: Nriagu JO (ed.) Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, volume 5, pp. 249â??263 Burlington: Elsevier.
  • Lucas RM., Ponsonby A-L., Dear K., et al. Current and past Epstein-Barr virus infection in risk of initial CNS demyelination. Neurology 2011; 77(4):371-9
  • McMichael A.J., Hales S and Lucas RM. Global Environmental Hazards, in Occupational and Environmental Health, D. Wegman, et al., (eds). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia 2011.
  • Ponsonby A-L., Hughes AM, Lucas RM. The hygiene hypothesis and the development of multiple sclerosis. Neurodegenerative Disease Management 2011; 1(4):285-294