Amelia Smit

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Amelia is the Study Coordinator of the Melanoma Genomics Managing Your Risk Study and PhD candidate with the Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research team, and Sydney Health Ethics, at the University of Sydney's School of Public Health. The Managing Your Risk Study is about understanding the impact of informing people about their personal genetic risk of melanoma, and finding out whether this could be used as a new approach for helping prevent melanoma and other skin cancers. This study will help inform her PhD research, the overarching objective of which is to generate new research evidence to guide the translation of knowledge about genomics into Australian healthcare to improve cancer prevention and screening strategies in the general population.

Amelia completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours I), majoring in Philosophy and German in 2014, before undertaking a Master of Public Health in Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistcs in 2017, both from the University of Sydney. 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Behavioural Science
  • Clinical trials
  • Psychosocial research
  • Risk prediction and reduction
  • Genotyping
  • Melanoma

 

Abstract:

Delivering personal genomic risk of melanoma information to the public: social implications

Communication triggered by receiving personal melanoma genomic risk may have social implications such as imfluencing how preventive behaviours are discussed with friends, family and health professionals. Delivering personal genomic risk information may also cause unnecessary harms  (e.g. over-screening).

 


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