Distinguished Professor Alison Venn

Distinguished Professor Alison Venn has been the Director of Menzies since January 2016 and prior to that was the Institute's Deputy Director, Associate Director (Research) and leader of the Public Health and Primary Care research theme.

She began her career as a biomedical scientist specialising in immunology and biochemistry,   but an interest in public health and the social factors affecting health drew her into epidemiology, where she has focused on cardiovascular disease through the life course and cancer. She has more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles published, including in The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  She has been awarded more than $35 million in research funding over her career.

Professor Venn leads the NHMRC-funded Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study, is the Director of the Tasmanian Cancer Registry and the Tasmanian Data Linkage Unit and contributes to numerous partnerships with the Tasmanian Government.

As Director of Menzies Professor Venn is a member of the University's College of Health and Medicine Management Team.