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Professor Anna deFazio

Professor Anna deFazio is the Head of the Gynaecological Oncology Research Group at the Westmead Millennium Institute.

Anna has other roles as head of research within the Gynaecological Oncology Department at Westmead Hospital and Professor of Translational Cancer Research at the Sydney West Translational Cancer Research Centre.

She graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1981 (BSc, Hons) and went on to complete a PhD in the Department of Cancer Medicine / Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of Sydney in 1987.

She embarked on postdoctoral studies at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney (1988-1995) and moved to the Department of Gynaecological Oncology at Westmead Hospital in 1995. Associate Professor deFazio was appointed a Senior Clinical Lecturer of the University of Sydney in 1999.

Professor deFazio has a long-standing commitment to translational research with an emphasis on gynaecological malignancies. Her research program is focused on improving treatment outcome, particularly for women with ovarian cancer, and on identifying factors that modify risk of developing cancer.

She works with a team of postdoctoral researchers, postgraduate students, research assistants and clinical colleagues, and has active collaborations with other local, national and international research groups. The group is supported by national and international peer-reviewed grants.

Professor deFazio is on the management committee of the Australian Ovarian Cancer Study (AOCS), a national molecular epidemiology study on ovarian cancer, in collaboration with colleagues at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Queensland Institute for Medical Research, and is the head of the AOCS Clinical Follow-up Core. She is also a chief investigator for the Australasian Biospecimens Network (ABN-Oncology).

Professor Anna deFazio's research has been published in major medical journals including, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Clincial Cancer Research and PLOS Genetics.

Click here for a full listing of Professor deFazio's publications.