Professor Alison Venn
(03) 6226 7703
Private Bag:
23, Hobart TAS 7000
Senior Member
(03) 6226 7755
Professor Alison Venn has been Menzies Director since January 2016 and prior to that was the Institute's Deputy Director, Associate Director (Research) and leader of the Public Health and Primary Care research theme. She is an internationally respected epidemiologist and holds an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship.

Professor 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 10 years doing research on women's reproductive health at La Trobe University. Since joining Menzies in 2000 she has broadened her research interests to cover a range of chronic diseases.

Professor Venn leads the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study, is the Director of the Tasmanian Cancer Registry and the Tasmanian Data Linkage Unit, leads two NHRMC-funded partnerships with the Tasmanian Government and is co-investigator of a major NHMRC-funded trial into whether Vitamin D supplementation reduces mortality and the incidence of cancer.

Over her career Professor Venn has been awarded more than $30 million in research funding and has had more than 140 peer-reviewed journal articles published, including in The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Research Interests:
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.
* Denotes Menzies Researcher