About Us

The Cancer Prevention Research Centre (CPRC)  sits within the Disease Prevention and Control Division of the School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Queensland, located at the University's Herston Campus.

The Centre was established in 1990 with funding from Queensland Health and is now funded via a number of competitive sources including the National Health and Medical Research Council, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Heart Foundation and Medibank Health Research Fund.  We also receive anonymous bequests and donations from generous members of the public.

The Centre engages an interdisciplinary group of researchers with backgrounds in Psychology, Exercise science/physiotherapy, Nutrition & dietetics and Biological sciences/medicine.  The Centre is currently staffed by eight academic and four research and professional staff, with six PhD students.

Our research program focuses on how behaviour - physical activity/too much sitting, diet (and weight) - influence population health - particularly in relation to prevention and management of cancer and chronic diseases.

We have two primary research streams:

Behavioural Epidemiology
investigating the prevalence, patterns and relationship of these behaviours to health outcomes and the subgroups most at risk; and

Health Behaviour Interventions
investigating interventions with broad population reach (telephone, SMS, activity monitors) and designed to inform translation into practice