John D 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)

Influence of Time to Achieve Target Systolic Blood Pressure on Outcome After Intracerebral Hemorrhage: The Blood Pressure in Acute Stroke Collaboration.
(2024 Feb 27)
Wang X, Yang J, Moullaali TJ, Sandset EC, Woodhouse LJ, Law ZK, Arima H, Butcher KS, Delcourt C, Edwards L, Gupta S, Jiang W, Koch S, Potter J, Qureshi AI, Robinson TG, Al-Shahi Salman R, Saver JL, Sprigg N, Wardlaw J, Anderson CS, Sakamoto Y, Bath PM, Chalmers J, Blood Pressure in Acute Stroke (BASC) Investigators

The looming spectres of public-private partnerships for hospitals and the resulting decline of government responsibility for comprehensive secondary healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand.
(2024 Feb 23)
N Z Med J 137(1590): 9-13
Bagshaw P, Potter JD, Bagshaw S

Dietary Factors Differ Between Young-Onset and Older-Onset Colorectal Cancer Patients.
Nutr Cancer 76(4): 352-355
Burnett-Hartman AN, Ton M, He Q, Malen RC, Potter JD, Reedy AM, Phipps AI, Newcomb PA

Efficacy of decentralised home-based antihypertensive treatment in older adults with multimorbidity and polypharmacy (ATEMPT): an open-label randomised controlled pilot trial.
(2024 Feb 8)
Lancet Healthy Longev
Majert J, Nazarzadeh M, Ramakrishnan R, Bidel Z, Hedgecott D, Perez-Crespillo A, Turpie W, Akhtar N, Allison M, Rao S, Gudgin B, McAuley M, A'Court C, Billot L, Kotecha D, Potter J, Rahimi K

Prospective and Mendelian randomization analyses on the association of circulating fatty acid binding protein 4 (FABP-4) and risk of colorectal cancer.
(2023 Oct 13)
BMC Med 21(1): 391
Nimptsch K, Aleksandrova K, Pham TT, Papadimitriou N, Janke J, Christakoudi S, Heath A, Olsen A, TjĂžnneland A, Schulze MB, Katzke V, Kaaks R, van Guelpen B, Harbs J, Palli D, Macciotta A, Pasanisi F, Yohar SMC, Guevara M, Amiano P, Grioni S, Jakszyn PG, Figueiredo JC, Samadder NJ, Li CI, Moreno V, Potter JD, Schoen RE, Um CY, Weiderpass E, Jenab M, Gunter MJ, Pischon T

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