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Research Themes

CESR undertakes cancer epidemiology and cancer services research across the spectrum of cancer control, including prevention and early detection, diagnosis, management and outcomes of cancer. The overarching strategic research objectives for the group are:

  • To better understand the causes of cancer and the effectiveness and efficiency of primary and secondary prevention measures
  • To better understand the individual, environmental and health system-related factors that lead to improved cancer outcomes
  • To better understand the extent of, and reasons for, inequalities in cancer outcomes and
  • To develop and evaluate interventions to reduce inequalities and to improve outcomes for people affected by cancer.

Scope of the Research Program

The group conducts research across the cancer continuum in collaboration with clinicians, other research groups and organisations:

Causation and prevention | Screening and early detection | Treatment and outcomes | Survivorship | End of life care

Our research includes both observational and interventional studies, addressing all types of cancer. Current areas of interest include:

  • Treatment and outcomes for people with colorectal cancer, melanoma, prostate cancer and lung cancer
  • Investigating disparities in cancer care and outcomes for people from Indigenous, migrant, geographically remote or socially disadvantaged backgrounds and among older people
  • Investigating the reasons underlying international differences in cancer survival
  • Optimising cancer care coordination
  • Aetiology, treatment patterns and outcomes for a range of cancers including melanoma, lymphoma and childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Lifestyle and outcomes from cancer
  • Cancer and pregnancy


The group is funded through external, competitive grants. In 2010, the Cancer Institute NSW awarded the Academic Chair in Cancer Epidemiology grant to the University of Sydney to establish the group and this provides core funding for Professor Young and her team. Additional funding for the group is derived from other grants, fellowships and scholarships awarded to group members from organisations such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Cancer Australia, The Cancer Council Australia, the Cancer Institute NSW and the University of Sydney.


Please view our Members page and click on individual staff members to view publications.

To view CESR technical reports, please visit our page on the Sydney eScholarship Repository: CESR eRepository page