School Seminars and Colloquia

The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study: a long-term, epidemiological study of chronic disease in Melbourne


by Professor Dallas English

Institution: School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne
Date: Wed 30th August 2006
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Russell Love Theatre, Richard Berry Building, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study is a longitudinal
study of 41,528 Melburnians recruited between 1990 and 1994. Its aim is to identify lifestyle and genetic risk factors for common diseases in mid to late life, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Disease outcomes are ascertained from follow-up questionnaires, linkage to
registries such as state cancer registries and from death records. Analyses to date have focussed mostly on cancer and diabetes. Extensive
analyses have been conducted on measures of obesity and risk of cancer, and on diet and risk of diabetes. Analytical techniques mostly involve Cox regression for censored data and logistic regression. Multiple
imputation techniques have been explored to avoid bias due to missing data and will become increasingly important as participants drop out or are lost to follow-up. The presentation will focus on results relating to risk
factors for cancer.

For More Information: Ole Warnaar tel. 8344 5214 or Paul Pearce tel. 8344 4470

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