PROF John Hopper

PROF John Hopper


  • Genetic epidemiology, statistical analysis of twin & family data (breast cancer, colorectal cancer, melanoma, prostate cancer, asthma, mammographic density)



  • Professor John Hopper, AM, was one of the nine inaugural Australia Fellows awarded by NHMRC in 2007 and is currently a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. He is a Professorial Fellow with a PhD in Mathematical Statistics, and is currently Director (Research) of the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Population Global Health at The University of Melbourne. He has published more than 700 papers, specialising in the statistical methodology and its application for analysing twin and family data, and addressing the genetic and environmental aetiology of diseases and health. He is principal or co-investigator on a number of case-control-family studies across a range of diseases and conditions, particularly breast cancer and colorectal cancer (both funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA)), prostate cancer, melanoma, childhood cancer and asthma. He is a co-investigator on several cohort studies, including Health 2020 and long term follow-up of the 1968 Tasmanian Asthma Study. Professor Hopper has been Director of the Australian Twin Registry since 1990 and has been awarded a NHMRC CRE grant in Twin Research in 2014.   


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Education and training

  • BA, University of Melbourne 1991
  • PhD, La Trobe University 1980
  • MSc, Monash University 1974
  • BSc (Hons), Monash University 1971

Awards and honors

  • Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, 2015
  • Member of the Order of Australia, AM, 2008
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2003
  • NHMRC Trans Tasman Award, 2003
  • The University of Melbourne, 2001



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