Focused Issue on Spatial Patterns in Cancer Epidemiology

Posted On 2019-06-24 10:20:35


This focused issue on “Spatial Patterns in Cancer Epidemiology” is edited by Dr. Peter Baade and Dr. Susanna Cramb, from Cancer Research Centre, Cancer Council Queensland, Spring Hill Queensland, Australia.

Dr. Peter Baade is a Senior Research Fellow (Biostatistics) at the Cancer Council Queensland (Australia) since 2003, where he leads a research program designed to describe the patterns of cancer-related outcomes both nationally and internationally, and specifically to better understand why these outcomes depend on where people live and the role of remoteness, area disadvantage and ethnicity on these patterns. His work has directly informed government strategic policy in reducing cancer inequalities based on residential location.

Dr. Susanna Cramb is a Strategic Research Fellow at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT. She is a biostatistician skilled in using complex modelling techniques to investigate the spatial and spatio-temporal patterns of diseases, risk factors and outcomes in Queensland and across Australia. Susanna has worked in epidemiological research for over a decade, and her publications have been cited over 2400 times. Susanna’s research has also been used by Queensland Health in setting their cancer care objectives.

Focused issue outline:
  1. Visualising cancer patterns interactively in R
  2. Assessing geographical patterns in cancer survival: statistical methods
  3. Multivariate spatial cancer modelling using directed graph models
  4. Cartogram mapping, with application in cancer outcomes
  5. Ranking spatial areas by risk of cancer: modelling in epidemiological surveillance
  6. Urban-rural differences in breast cancer incidence - a review of the literature
  7. Geospatial analysis of multiple primary cancers in individuals in the US, 2004-2014
  8. Geographical patterns in melanoma incidence across Australia: possible role of early detection