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The Australian National University

Professor Emily Banks

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health 111701
  • Oncology And Carcinogenesis 1112
  • Cardiovascular Medicine And Haematology 1102
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Preventive Medicine 111716

Research interests

  • Large scale cohort studies
  • Cardiovascular disease epidemiology
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Health services research
  • Obesity and physical activity



Professor Emily Banks is a public health physician and epidemiologist with interest and expertise in large scale cohort studies, pharmacoepidemiology, women’s health, Aboriginal Health and healthy ageing. She currently leads the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU and has previously served as Scientific Director of the 45 and Up Study. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. She was Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines from 2010-2016. She was based in the UK from 1995-2003, where she was Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford and joint Principal Investigator of the Million Women Study. Professor Banks' awards include: the UK Woman of Achievement in Science and Technology (2000), career achievement (2010), media engagement (2011 and 2016), research translation (2011), the National Breast Cancer Foundation Patron’s Award for services to breast cancer research (2014), the Medical Journal of Australia/MDA National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research (2015), AFR/Wespac 100 Women of Influence (2016); Women with Heart (2017); and Australian Citation for University Teaching (2017). The main emphasis of her work has been in using cohort study methodology to identify potentially modifiable factors affecting individual and population health in different settings and in quantifying their effects, to inform improvements in health and health care.

Available student projects

- Variation in cardiovascular disease risk, incidence, care and outcomes

- Health impacts of tobacco

- Cancer survivorship


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