Adjunct Associate Professor Freddy Sitas

Adjunct Associate Professor
Public Health, School of Public Health

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Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Freddy Sitas obtained a BSc in 1981, an MSC(MED) in 1987 from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), an MSC in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1987, and a DPhil in Epidemiology from the University of Oxford in 1990. Part of his work showed for the first time that Helicobacter pylori is a cause of stomach cancer. He returned to South Africa in 1990 to the position of Head of the National Cancer Registry and in 1999 became Head of the South African MRC Cancer Epidemiology Research Group. In 2000, he was awarded a Readership in Epidemiology by the University of the Witwatersrand. [More...]

Research interests

A/Prof Sitas' interests include cancer and mortality surveillance, viruses and cancer, and tobacco attributed disease.

Currently, Freddy is a Chief Investigator on the Cervical Health Study, The Cancer Lifestyle, Evaluation And Risk Study (CLEAR), The ABC Breast Cancer Study, the Skin Health Study and the InterSCOPE study.

International links

Germany. (German Cancer Research Centre) With Dr Michael Pawlita and colleagues on the InterSCOPE project and NHMRC funded Infection, lifestyle and Skin cancer project..
France. (Interantional Agency for Research on Cancer) Working group: 100th Monograph on carcinogenicity (Part B -Biological agents) Advisor to IARC on cancer registration in low and middle income countries.
United States. (National Cancer Institute) With DCEG, on the Interscope study.
South Africa. (National Health Laboratory Service, Cancer Epidemiolgy Research Group) Co-PI with Margaret Urban on Johannesburg cancer case control study, examining lifestyle and infectious causes of cancer.
United Kingdom. (Cancer Research UK, Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Univ. Oxford.) With Professor Valerie Beral, Advisor on NSW Cancer, Lifestyle and Evaluation of Risk study..
South Africa. (Medical Research Council, Burden of Disease Unit) With Debbie Bradshaw and Colleagues, on tobacco attributed mortality.
United Kingdom. (University of Oxford, Clinical Trials Service Unit) With Sir Richard Peto, on a study of tobacco attributed deaths on the South African Death notification form.