Professor Alison Venn
(03) 6226 7706
23, Hobart TAS 7000
Deputy Director; Associate Director - Research
Management Team, Senior Member
(03) 6226 7755
Professor Alison Venn completed her PhD in immunology at the National Institute for Medical Research in the UK. Following postdoctoral research in malaria immunology at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, she trained as an epidemiologist and spent ten years doing research on women's reproductive health at La Trobe University. Since joining the Menzies Research Institute in 2000 she has broadened her research interests to cover a range of chronic diseases.
Professor Venn's current research interests are in the causes and prevention of chronic disease and in reproductive health. She has a particular focus on how lifestyle (smoking, physical activity, diet, alcohol consumption), obesity and hormones in childhood and early adulthood affect the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer later in life.
A study to evaluate the prevalence and distribution of human papillomavirus carriage and associated dysplasia among HIV-positive persons in Tasmania (Tas+HPV)
Bariatric surgery in Tasmania: investigating health service use, costs, patient outcomes and policy options
Measurement for change: establishment of an integrated non-communicable disease (NCD) surveillance system for Viet Nam
*Dwyer T, *Magnussen C, *Schmidt M, Ukoumunne O, *Ponsonby A-L, *Raitakari O, Zimmet P, Blair S, *Thomson R, *Cleland V, *Venn A. Decline in physical fitness from childhood to adulthood associated with increased obesity and insulin resistance in adults. Diabetes Care 2009; 32:683-687
*Cleland V, *Schmidt M, *Dwyer T, *Venn A. Television viewing and abdominal obesity in young adults: is the association mediated by food and beverage consumption during viewing time or reduced leisure time physical activity? American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2008; 87:1148-55.
*Magnussen CG, *Raitakari OT, *Thomson R, Juonala M, Patel DA, Viikari JSA, Marniemi J, Srinivasan SR, *Berenson GS, *Dwyer T, *Venn A. Utility of Currently Recommended Pediatric Dyslipidemia Classifications in Predicting Dyslipidemia in Adulthood: Evidence from the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) Study, Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study, and Bogalusa Heart Study. Circulation. 2008 Jan 1;117(1):32-42.
*Venn A, Bruinsma F, Werther G, Pyett P, Baird D, Jones P, Rayner J, Lumley J. The use of oestrogen treatment to reduce the adult height of tall girls: long-term effects on fertility. Lancet 2004; 364: 1513-18.
* Denotes Menzies Researcher