Cancer Epidemiology Research Unit

About the Unit

The Cancer Epidemiology Research Unit, led by A/Prof Claire Vajdic has moved to the Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW.

This group aims to better understand the causes of cancer and factors that influence outcomes after cancer diagnosis. The CERU employs classical and innovative cancer epidemiological methods and includes large-scale studies of cancer incidence, survival and risk factors in people with immune dysfunction. It also includes studies of two complex, common and poorly understood cancers, lymphoid malignancies and cancer of unknown primary origin. The studies involve national and international collaborations that integrate cancer epidemiology with biostatistics, biological sciences, pharmacoepidemiology and health services research. The research program builds an evidence base for preventative strategies that will reduce the burden of cancer.

You can contact A/Prof Claire Vajdic at

Collaborators related to this Unit

  • National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, UNSW
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
  • St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney
  • Australia and New Zealand Cardiothoracic Organ Transplant Registry
  • Australia and New Zealand Liver Transplant Registry
  • National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
  • Burnet Institute, Melbourne
  • Cancer Council NSW
  • University of Western Sydney
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Sydney
  • Concord Hospital
  • University of Western Australia
  • InterLymph Consortium members
  • National Cancer Institute
  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Department of Histopathology, Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Cancer Voices NSW
  • Children’s Cancer Institute Australia
  • Australasian Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient Registry


Grants and Funding

2012-15: NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. Cancer epidemiology in high-risk populations and complex cancers: $432,568 (CI: Vajdic CM)

2011-15: NHMRC Project Grant. A population-based family study of follicular lymphoma: $1,619,364 (CIs: Vajdic CM, Giles GG, Seymour J, Miliken S, Benke G, Cozen W)

2011-13: Cancer Institute NSW Cancer Epidemiology Linkage Program Grant. Health service utilisation and risk factors for cancer of unknown primary: $296,558 (CIs: Vajdic CM, Pearson SA, Dobbins T)

2011-13: Cancer Institute NSW Career Development Fellowship. Cancer epidemiology in high-risk populations and complex cancers: $246,576 (CI: Vajdic CM)

2011-14: NHMRC Postdoctoral Training Fellowship (Public Health). Integration of epidemiological, biological and health services data in cancer research: $290,032 (CI: van Leeuwen MT)

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