Prof Joanne Aitken

Joanne Aitken is a cancer epidemiologist with over 20 years’ experience in research and public health.  She is Head of Research at Cancer Council Queensland, Director of the Queensland Cancer Registry, Director of the Australian Paediatric Cancer Registry, Professor in the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, and Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology.  Joanne has over 200 publications and a career total of over 8,400 citations.  She sits on state (cancer service quality and safety), national (cancer registration, cancer in adolescents and young adults), and international (skin cancer screening, paediatric cancer data) advisory groups and she is the elected regional representative for Oceania on the Executive Board of the International Association of Cancer Registries.  Joanne was one of three invited members of the Scientific Investigation Panel for a well-publicised breast cancer cluster at the ABC broadcasting offices in Brisbane that led ultimately to the relocation of the ABC in Brisbane. 

Research interests: Large-scale population-based studies of the causes, prevention, early detection and outcomes of cancer with particular interest in paediatric cancer epidemiology and late effects, and geographic inequalities in cancer outcomes.