Faculty

John D Potter

Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology


Education

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

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Bio

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)

Dietary Factors Differ Between Young-Onset and Older-Onset Colorectal Cancer Patients.
(2024 Feb 12)
Nutr Cancer
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, Tjønneland 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

Combining Asian and European genome-wide association studies of colorectal cancer improves risk prediction across racial and ethnic populations.
(2023 Oct 2)
Nat Commun 14(1): 6147
Thomas M, Su YR, Rosenthal EA, Sakoda LC, Schmit SL, Timofeeva MN, Chen Z, Fernandez-Rozadilla C, Law PJ, Murphy N, Carreras-Torres R, Diez-Obrero V, van Duijnhoven FJB, Jiang S, Shin A, Wolk A, Phipps AI, Burnett-Hartman A, Gsur A, Chan AT, Zauber AG, Wu AH, Lindblom A, Um CY, Tangen CM, Gignoux C, Newton C, Haiman CA, Qu C, Bishop DT, Buchanan DD, Crosslin DR, Conti DV, Kim DH, Hauser E, White E, Siegel E, Schumacher FR, Rennert G, Giles GG, Hampel H, Brenner H, Oze I, Oh JH, Lee JK, Schneider JL, Chang-Claude J, Kim J, Huyghe JR, Zheng J, Hampe J, Greenson J, Hopper JL, Palmer JR, Visvanathan K, Matsuo K, Matsuda K, Jung KJ, Li L, Le Marchand L, Vodickova L, Bujanda L, Gunter MJ, Matejcic M, Jenkins MA, Slattery ML, D'Amato M, Wang M, Hoffmeister M, Woods MO, Kim M, Song M, Iwasaki M, Du M, Udaltsova N, Sawada N, Vodicka P, Campbell PT, Newcomb PA, Cai Q, Pearlman R, Pai RK, Schoen RE, Steinfelder RS, Haile RW, Vandenputtelaar R, Prentice RL, Küry S, Castellví-Bel S, Tsugane S, Berndt SI, Lee SC, Brezina S, Weinstein SJ, Chanock SJ, Jee SH, Kweon SS, Vadaparampil S, Harrison TA, Yamaji T, Keku TO, Vymetalkova V, Arndt V, Jia WH, Shu XO, Lin Y, Ahn YO, Stadler ZK, Van Guelpen B, Ulrich CM, Platz EA, Potter JD, Li CI, Meester R, Moreno V, Figueiredo JC, Casey G, Lansdorp Vogelaar I, Dunlop MG, Gruber SB, Hayes RB, Pharoah PDP, Houlston RS, Jarvik GP, Tomlinson IP, Zheng W, Corley DA, Peters U, Hsu L

Genome-wide interaction analysis of folate for colorectal cancer risk.
(2023 Nov)
Am J Clin Nutr 118(5): 881-891
Bouras E, Kim AE, Lin Y, Morrison J, Du M, Albanes D, Barry EL, Baurley JW, Berndt SI, Bien SA, Bishop TD, Brenner H, Budiarto A, Burnett-Hartman A, Campbell PT, Carreras-Torres R, Casey G, Cenggoro TW, Chan AT, Chang-Claude J, Conti DV, Cotterchio M, Devall M, Diez-Obrero V, Dimou N, Drew DA, Figueiredo JC, Giles GG, Gruber SB, Gunter MJ, Harrison TA, Hidaka A, Hoffmeister M, Huyghe JR, Joshi AD, Kawaguchi ES, Keku TO, Kundaje A, Le Marchand L, Lewinger JP, Li L, Lynch BM, Mahesworo B, Männistö S, Moreno V, Murphy N, Newcomb PA, Obón-Santacana M, Ose J, Palmer JR, Papadimitriou N, Pardamean B, Pellatt AJ, Peoples AR, Platz EA, Potter JD, Qi L, Qu C, Rennert G, Ruiz-Narvaez E, Sakoda LC, Schmit SL, Shcherbina A, Stern MC, Su YR, Tangen CM, Thomas DC, Tian Y, Um CY, van Duijnhoven FJ, Van Guelpen B, Visvanathan K, Wang J, White E, Wolk A, Woods MO, Ulrich CM, Hsu L, Gauderman WJ, Peters U, Tsilidis KK

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