Tobacco, cancer, mortality, incidence, BMI, Alcohol, lifestyle, epidemiology, infection and cancer
Field of Research (FoR)
A/Prof Freddy Sitas has a D Phil in Epidemiology from Oxford University, an MSc in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MSc (MED) from WITS University, South Africa. He has made a significant contribution in the design and implementation of policy relevant population and clinical infrastructure studies on chronic disease prevention. He has led several collaborations and consortiums and has published...view more
A/Prof Freddy Sitas has a D Phil in Epidemiology from Oxford University, an MSc in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MSc (MED) from WITS University, South Africa. He has made a significant contribution in the design and implementation of policy relevant population and clinical infrastructure studies on chronic disease prevention. He has led several collaborations and consortiums and has published extensively on the effects of environmental and lifestyle factors such as smoking, BMI, alcohol and infection on cancer and premature mortality. He has worked extensively with cancer, mortality statistics and other large health related datasets. He is Conjoint Professor at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney and Honorary Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney. His current interests include how the primary care sector can become more involved in prevention of chronic disease.
Membership of external committees
Chair, Efficacy section, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia. Smoking cessation after cancer working Group.
Assistant Editor: Cancer Epidemiology, Elsevier Press
Assistant Editor: International Journal of Epidemiology, Oxford University Press
Editorial Board: Infectious Agents and Cancer (Biomed Central)
Member: Chronic Care Network, Agency for Clinical Innovation (NSW Ministry of Health)
BSc (U. WITS), MSc (Med) (U. WITS), MSc (Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), D.Phil (Epidemiology) (U. Oxford)
George Oettle Award (2015) for contribution to cancer research
My Research Activities
Using pathology tests to enhance GP/patient conversation around prevention (CPHCE, Charles Perkins Centre, RPA Pathology)
Smoking questions on death notification forms - Analysis of records from South Africa and Tianjin Municipality (MRC South Africa, University of Oxford, CDC Tianjin).
Smoking cessation after cancer; Clinical Oncological Society of Australia policy review
EVOLVING RISK FACTORS FOR CANCERS IN AFRICAN POPULATIONS: Lifestyle, infection, genetic susceptibility and cancer in South Africa:
development of research capacity and an evidence base for cancer control (MRC South Africa, German Cancer Research Centre, Kings College London, MRC AIDS Virus Research Institute, Uganda, National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa)
Hormone replacement Therapy and high risk cervical lesions (Cancer Council NSW, SPHCM UNSW, SPH USyd)
HPV and skin cancer (Cancer Council NSW, USyd, UNSW)
COVID-19 and Smoking.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Lifestyle modification in primary care
Quantifying benefits of smoking cessation after cancer / serious hospitalisation
COVID and smoking
infectious respiratory disease and smoking
Melitah Mothlale- PhD - WITS University - Epidemiology of Kaposi Sarcoma in South Africa
Mwiza Gideon Singini - PhD - WITS University - seroepidemiology of high risk HPV and detection of cervical cancer