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 AM is a public health physician and epidemiologist with interest and expertise in chronic disease, tobacco control, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and healthy ageing. The main emphasis of her work has been in using large-scale evidence to identify actions to improve health and health care, at an individual and population level. 

She is Head of the Centre for Public Health Data and Policy at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Chair of the NHMRC Health Research Impact Committee, Member of NHMRC Council, Deputy Chair of the Heart Foundation Research Committee and a Visiting Professor at Oxford University. She chaired 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); the ANU Vice-Chancellor's Awards for career achievement (2010), media engagement (2011 and 2016) and 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); the ACT Heart Foundation's Women with Heart (2017); Australian Citation for University Teaching (2017); President's award, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (2020); and Member of the Order of Australia (2021). 

Available student projects

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

- Health impacts of tobacco

- Cancer survivorship


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