Professor David Whiteman

Professor David Whiteman is a medical epidemiologist with a special interest in the causes, control and prevention of cancer. He received his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 1991, and his PhD in cancer epidemiology in 1997. He was awarded a Nuffield Medical Research Fellowship to undertake post-doctoral training at the University of Oxford in cancer epidemiology. In 2006, he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to visit cancer researchers in the United States.

Professor Whiteman has an international reputation for research into melanoma and skin cancer, and the public health aspects of cancer control. To that end, he is focusing on discovering how environmental and genetic factors interact to cause cancer and then applying this knowledge to the prevention and control of disease.

In addition to his research activities, he is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, a member of the Academy of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) and Chair of the Barrett’s Neoplasia Guidelines Committee for the Cancer Council Australia. He previously chaired the Fellowships committee of the International Agency for Research on Cancer and served as a Member of Council of NHMRC, the NHMRC National Asbestos Research Working Group and the NHMRC Strategic Research Development Committee.


Head, Cancer Control Laboratory Coordinator, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Research Centre
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

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