John Potter

Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology



MBBS Medicine, University of Queensland (Australia), 1971
PhD Epidemiology, University of Queensland (Australia), 1984




John D Potter is Chief Science Advisor, New Zealand (NZ) Ministry of Health, as well as: Professor at CPHR, Massey University, Wellington, NZ; Adjunct Professor at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ; and Senior Advisor, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) and Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the University of Washington,

After 5 years of clinical medicine, Potter worked at CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition, Adelaide (1977-1986), completing his PhD and beginning his close partnership with Tony McMichael. Then, in the US, he held increasingly senior posts at the Universities of Minnesota and Washington and FHCRC (including as Director of its Division of Public Health Sciences).

Potter chaired the international panel that produced Food, Nutrition, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective (1997). He is founding co-chair of the Asia Cohort Consortium, a collaborative cohort study across Asia of 1.1 million people.

International awards include: India’s Gopalan Oration Gold Medal for nutrition science (1996); American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) DeWitt Goodman Lectureship for international leadership in research in nutrition, cancer, and cancer prevention (2000); the US National Cancer Institute Annual Advances in Cancer Prevention Award (2005); AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention (2009); and the 2012 Medal of Honour of IARC.

Research Interests

Cancer biology, epidemiology, early detection, and prevention; nutrition; planetary health

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Human papillomavirus self-testing among unscreened and under-screened Māori, Pasifika and Asian women in Aotearoa New Zealand: A preference survey among responders and interviews with clinical-trial nonresponders.
(2022 Sep 26)
Health Expect
Sherman SM, Brewer N, Bartholomew K, Bromhead C, Crengle S, Cunningham C, Douwes J, Foliaki S, Grant J, Maxwell A, McPherson G, Scott N, Wihongi H, Potter JD

Pasifika women's knowledge and perceptions of cervical-cancer screening and the implementation of self-testing in Aotearoa New Zealand: A qualitative study.
(2022 Nov)
Lancet Reg Health West Pac 28(): 100551
Brewer N, Foliaki S, Gray M, Potter JD, Douwes J

Elevated inflammatory biomarkers and poor outcomes in intracerebral hemorrhage.
(2022 Jul 22)
J Neurol
Bader ER, Pana TA, Barlas RS, Metcalf AK, Potter JF, Myint PK

Identifying colorectal cancer caused by biallelic MUTYH pathogenic variants using tumor mutational signatures.
(2022 Jun 6)
Nat Commun 13(1): 3254
Georgeson P, Harrison TA, Pope BJ, Zaidi SH, Qu C, Steinfelder RS, Lin Y, Joo JE, Mahmood K, Clendenning M, Walker R, Amitay EL, Berndt SI, Brenner H, Campbell PT, Cao Y, Chan AT, Chang-Claude J, Doheny KF, Drew DA, Figueiredo JC, French AJ, Gallinger S, Giannakis M, Giles GG, Gsur A, Gunter MJ, Hoffmeister M, Hsu L, Huang WY, Limburg P, Manson JE, Moreno V, Nassir R, Nowak JA, Obón-Santacana M, Ogino S, Phipps AI, Potter JD, Schoen RE, Sun W, Toland AE, Trinh QM, Ugai T, Macrae FA, Rosty C, Hudson TJ, Jenkins MA, Thibodeau SN, Winship IM, Peters U, Buchanan DD

The relationship between nutritional status at the time of stroke on adverse outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies.
(2022 May 27)
Nutr Rev
Mehta A, De Paola L, Pana TA, Carter B, Soiza RL, Kafri MW, Potter JF, Mamas MA, Myint PK

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