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Head, Child Epidemiology


Liz is an epidemiologist specialising in the aetiology and prevention of childhood cancers and other chronic diseases. For over a decade, her research has had a strong focus on identifying genetic, dietary and environmental risk factors for childhood leukaemia and brain tumours.

Since joining the Telethon Kids Institute in 2001, she has established a comprehensive program of research, including conducting Australia-wide studies and being a key player in the establishment of international consortia. Such international collaborations are crucial because childhood cancers are relatively rare, and difficult to study in relatively small populations.

Liz’s other research interests include gene-environment interactions, folate metabolism, assisted reproductive technology and the harmful effects of sun exposure, alcohol and mobile phone use. As an epidemiologist, she has a strong interest in research study design and statistical analysis.