About Professor Robert G Cumming

Bob is passionate about conducting research that will contribute to improving the health of older people.

Bob Cumming is Professor of Epidemiology and Geriatric Medicine, with an international reputation for his research on osteoporosis, falls and fractures.

Professor Cumming completed his medical degree in 1979 and, after four years in clinical medicine, trained as an epidemiologist in Sydney and New York. Professor Cumming’s main research interests are falls, fractures and osteoporosis; health of older men; epidemiology of ageing; and non-communicable disease control in Africa. He leads the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (n=1705) and is a Chief Investigator on the Blue Mountains Eye Study (n=3654) and the Fracture Risk Epidemiology in the Elderly Study, a large prospective study of nursing home residents (n=2000). Professor Cumming has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers. He was Head of the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney in 2000-2001 and Secretary of the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) from 1996 to 2001. In 2002 Professor Cumming was appointed Professor of Epidemiology and Geriatric Medicine in the University of Sydney. He spent part of 2008 on sabbatical at Makerere University in Uganda and now heads the Master of International Health program at the University of Sydney.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Professor Cummings's publicatons, please visit his Sydney Medical School profile page.