Population Health: Venn Group

Research in Population Health uses a range of population approaches to improve understanding of the causes and prevention of chronic diseases. Projects address a broad range of conditions including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and depression. Several projects are investigating how lifestyle factors (eg. smoking, physical activity, diet, alcohol consumption, sun exposure), obesity and hormones in childhood and early adulthood affect the risk of developing disease later in life, while others have a focus on the possible genetic causes of disease.

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Senior Members

  • Professor Alison Venn

Team Members

  • Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson (Member)
  • Dr Seana Gall (Research Fellow)
  • Mr Petr Otahal (Biostatistician/Genetic Statistician)
  • Julie Bunyard (Project Officer)
  • Krystyna Jackman (Administrative Officer)
  • Pam Whelan (Administrative Assistant)
  • Beverley Curry (PhD Student)
  • Kim Jose (PhD Student)
  • Dr Costan Magnussen (PhD Student)
  • Dr Charlotte McKercher (PhD Student)
  • Dr Kylie Smith (PhD Student)
  • Mel Sharman (PhD Student)

Internal Collaborators

  • Associate Professor Leigh Blizzard (Principal Research Fellow)
  • Professor Graeme Jones (Professorial Research Fellow)

External Collaborators

  • Professor Gerald Berenson
  • Dr Verity Cleland
  • Professor Terry Dwyer, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Dr Peter Flett, State-wide Paediatric Rehabilitation, TAS
  • Associate Professor Dorota Gertig
  • Professor John Hopper, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Katya Kotschet, St Vincent's Hospital, Victoria
  • Dr Danuta Loesch-Mdzewska, La Trobe University
  • Dr Sarah McNaughton, Deakin University
  • Leah Newman
  • Professor George Patton, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, University of Melbourne and Royal Children's Hospital
  • Professor Olli Raitakari, University of Turku
  • Dr Justin Rubio, GlaxoSmithKline, UK
  • Dr Robyn Tapp, Monash University

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* Denotes Menzies Researcher