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Susan Peters

Dr Susan Peters

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
Population and Public Health

Contact details
Population and Public Health
The University of Western Australia (M431)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7091
+61 8 6488 1611
Dr Peters' work field is where exposure assessment and occupational epidemiology come together. Her research activities are focused on occupational causes of cancer. Within a range of projects she performs occupational exposure assessment, with an emphasis on the methodology, as well as statistical analyses and work on publications.
Key research
Occupational Cancer Epidemiology
Key publications:

Peters S, Glass DC, Milne E, Fritschi L. Rule-based exposure assessment versus case-by-case expert assessment using the same information in a community-based study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2014) 71(3):215-9

Peters S, Reid A, Fritschi L, Musk AW, de Klerk N. Cancer incidence and mortality among underground and surface gold miners in Western Australia. British Journal of Cancer (2013) 108(9):1879-82

Peters S, Kromhout H, Olsson A, Wichmann HE, Brüske I, Consonni D, et al. Vermeulen R. Occupational exposure to organic dust increases lung cancer risk in the general population. Thorax (2012) 67(2):111-6

Peters S, Vermeulen R, Portengen L, Olsson A, Kendzia B, Vincent R, et al. Kromhout H. Modelling of occupational respirable crystalline silica exposure for quantitative exposure assessment in community-based case-control studies. Journal of Environmental Monitoring (2011) 13:3262-8

Olsson A, Gustavsson P, Kromhout H, Peters S, Vermeulen R, Brüske I, et al. Straif K. Exposure to diesel motor exhaust and lung cancer risk in a pooled analysis from case-control studies in Europe and Canada. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (2011) 183(7):941-8

Peters S, Vermeulen R, Cassidy A, ‘t Mannetje A, van Tongeren M, Boffetta P, Straif K, Kromhout H. Comparison of exposure assessment methods for occupational carcinogens in a multi-centre lung cancer case-control study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2011) 68(2):148-53
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Occupational exposures; Quantitative exposure assessment; Cancer epidemiology
Funding received
Institute for Respiratory Health (2016)
WA miners’ morbidity from lower respiratory infections and association with exposure to diesel exhaust and silica dust.
CIA (Lead Chief Investigator) with N Sodhi-Berry, N de Klerk, F Brims, AW Musk.

Australian Research Council #DP160100660 (2016-2018)
Exposure to workplace hazards among migrant workers in Australia.
CIE with A Reid, L Fritschi, A LaMontagne, D Glass, A Milner, M Schenker.

Dust Diseases Board (2015-2017) Lung Cancer Risk and Screening Guidelines after Asbestos Exposure.
CIC with N de Klerk, AW Musk, A Reid, P Franklin, F Brims, M Tammemagi, A McWilliams.

NHMRC project grant #1069535 (2014-2016)
Exposure to diesel exhaust and lung cancer risk in Australia
Lead Chief Investigator (CIA) with A Reid, L Fritschi, AW Musk and R Vermeulen

NHMRC Partnership grant #1056684 (2013-2015)The extended Australian Workplace Exposures Study – AWES2
CIE with L Fritschi, M Abramson, T Driscoll, D Glass, A Reid, G Benke and R Carey

WA Department of Health (2013-2014)
Today’s lung cancer risk in WA miners: using the power of linked data
CIB with L Fritschi, AW Musk, A Reid and N de Klerk

Cancer Council Australia (2013-2014)
Estimating the proportion of cancers in Australia that are preventable.
AI with D Whiteman, P Webb, A Green, R Neale and L Fritschi
Editorial board member, Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health

Member, British Occupational Hygiene Society

Scientific committee member, X2016 - the 8th International Conference on the Science of Exposure Assessment in Epidemiology and Practice

Secretary, Perth Epidemiology Group (local chapter of the Australasian Epidemiological Association)
Honours and awards
New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Award (WA Dept of Health, 2014)
Previous positions
Research Fellow, Epidemiology Group, Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR), University of Western Australia, Australia

PhD-Student, Environmental Epidemiology Division, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Junior researcher, Environmental Epidemiology Division, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Research assistant, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) Quality of Life, Zeist, the Netherlands
Current projects
Quantitative exposure assessment of dusts and lung carcinogens in the mining industry

Lung cancer risk due to occupational exposures among miners, particularly exposure to diesel exhaust

Non-malignant respiratory diseases in miners

Parental occupational exposures and risk of childhood brain tumours (Aus-CBT)

Australian Workplace Exposure Study (AWES)

Joint effects of occupational carcinogens and smoking in the development of lung cancer (SYNERGY)
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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