Professor Robert Cumming

Professor of Epidemiology
and Geriatric Medicine

Public Health, School of Public Health
ANZAC Research Institute

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Biographical details

Bob Cumming studied medicine at UNSW and then trained as an epidemiologist at Columbia University in New York and at the University of Sydney. He has worked at the University of Sydney since 1990. He has also spent time at UCSF, the University of Wisconsin and Makerere University in Uganda. Bob is a Life Member of the Australasian Epidemiological Association.

Research interests

Bob has been doing research for over 20 years on the health problems of older people in Australia. In the last 10 years he has expanded this research to look at non-communicable diseases and ageing in developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

Teaching areas

Bob Cumming is the Director of the Master of International Public Health (MIPH) program, where he teaches several units of study. He also teaches epidemiology to MPH students and population medicine to medical students.

Current national competitive grants*


Adolescent Rural Cohort Study Hormones, Health, Education, Environments and Relationships
Steinbeck K, Hawke C, Hazell P, Skinner R, Ivers R, Booy R, Cumming R, Fulcher G
National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant ($975,652 over 4 years)

ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research
Piggott J, Anstey K, Cumming R, Keane M, Kendig H, McDonald P, Sherris M, Woodland A
ARC Centre of Excellence ($12,700,000 over 7 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney

PhD and Masters' project opportunities

Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP)

International links

Kenya. (University of Nairobi) Research on non-communicable diseases and ageing in Kenya. External Examiner for the University of Nairobi''s School of Public Health in 2012..
Sudan. (University of Juba, South Sudan) Assisting development of public health curriculum. WHO in Juba is also involved in this work..
Uganda. (Makerere University and Mulago Hospital, Kampala) 5-month sabbatical in Kampala in 2008 and established linkages with many medical and public health disciplines. Returns to Kampala each year..