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Associate Professor Freddy Sitas

Former Director, Cancer Research Division, Cancer Council NSW

Associate Professor Freddy Sitas obtained a BSc in 1981, an MSC (MED) in 1987 from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), an MSC in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1987, and a DPhil in Epidemiology from the University of Oxford in 1990. Part of his work showed for the first time that Helicobacter pylori is a cause of stomach cancer.

He returned to South Africa in 1990 to the position of Head of the National Cancer Registry and in 1999 became Head of the South African MRC Cancer Epidemiology Research Group. In 2000, he was awarded a Readership in Epidemiology by the University of the Witwatersrand.

He was Director of the Cancer Research Division at Cancer Council NSW  from 2003 to 2015. His interests include cancer and mortality surveillance, viruses and cancer, and tobacco attributed disease.

While Director, Freddy managed the Cancer Causes Program and was a Chief Investigator on the Cervical Health Study, The Cancer Lifestyle, Evaluation And Risk Study (CLEAR), the Skin Health Study and the InterSCOPE study, amongst many others.