Professor of Global GI Health - leader of the research teams (molecular biology, cell biology, population screening, nutrition)
Chairman of the Governing Council (board) of the FCIC.
2015 onwards; Chair, The Salvation Army Moral and Social Issues Council, Australia Southern Territory.
2012-2013 Consultant, Zinc Panel, NICHD funded BOND (Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development) initiative.
2012-ongoing Chairman of the Governing Council (board) of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer
2005-2013 Chairman, Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee, World Endoscopy Organization (WEO)
He has an international reputation, especially in the broad field of colorectal cancer and its prevention and colorectal epithelial biology. He has many publications including articles on intestinal cell biology, mechanisms of dietary prevention, screening and surveillance for colorectal cancer, dietary impact on colorectal disease, colonic fermentation of dietary substances and public health issues related to bowel health and bowel cancer. He is the senior editor on several comprehensive textbooks and contributes chapters to major textbooks on gastrointestinal medicine.
He currently heads a multidisciplinary research initiative at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. He has several teams of research personnel covering population screening, clinical research, epithelial biology and molecular biology. He has attracted funding from Australian and overseas bodies, including NHMRC, Cancer Councils, NIH, industry, Australian Cancer Research Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NGOs and government.
University medal - DEC 2012
In terms of leadership and peer processes, he is now Chairman of the Governing Council (board) of the FCIC. He has participated in and/or chairs national committees or boards including the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, NHMRC, and National Cancer Control Initiative. He has served as a council member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia for 12 years. He has advised several international research bodies (including US National Cancer Institute), organisations involved in management of cancer (e.g. WEO, UICC) and biotechnology companies. He is a founding Board Member of the International Digestive Cancer Alliance and is the Chair of the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO) Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee.
He has advised health authorities in Australia, and a number of countries around the world including New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Netherlands and other countries on aspects of prevention of colorectal cancer. In 2012, he was invited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a global process re-examining the role of zinc therapy in diarrhoea and malnutrition in developing countries.
From 2015 onwards; he became Chair of The Salvation Army Moral and Social Issues Council, Australia Southern Territory.