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Dr Bircan Erbas Professor, Public Health

Dr Bircan Erbas is currently an Associate Professor at La Trobe University. Prior to this, Erbas was working on an NHMRC Public Health (Australia) fellowship at The University of Melbourne. She is a biostatistician with a Masters (Statistics) degree and PhD (Biostatistics) from the University of Melbourne. Dr Erbas's doctoral research was supported by an NHMRC scholarship and as a result of her doctoral work she was invited to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, North Carolina, USA. For the past couple of years she has worked at the interface between modern statistical methods, environmental epidemiology, asthma and allergic disease in both children and adults and other chronic diseases.
In 2008, Dr Erbas and colleagues were awarded an NHMRC project grant to assess the relationship between environmental pollen, fungi and the admission of children with poorly controlled asthma. Dr Erbas is also a chief investigator on several competitive (NHMRC and other) funded projects on environmental and respiratory health. She has received a fully funded prestigious Harvard fellowship from the International Union Against Cancer - UICC. She was shortlisted as a potential awardee for the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Prestigious Paediatric Research Awards and in 2010, she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor Award for Excellence in Research - La Trobe University.
Dr Erbas has achieved and continues to attract strong funding with over $1 million as Principal Investigator and over $7 million as key co-investigator.
Dr Erbas has co-authored over 100 academic refereed publications mostly in high quality international journals. Her research has also been presented at a number of leading national and prominent international conferences including the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Dr Erbas has completed supervision of 6 PhD, 6 Masters/Honors thesis and currently supervising 6 PhD and 6 Masters thesis students. Her completed PhD students average 4 publications each from their PhD research. Dr Don Vicendese was awarded the Nancy Mills Prize for top 5% theses submitted to La Trobe University. Dr Erbas is on the editorial board of Respirology, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and regional editor of International Journal of Environmental Health Research. As an expert Biostatistician her opinions are highly sought after by both national and International grant agencies and research committees. Dr Erbas regularly reviews grant applications for NHMRC, the Hong Kong Research Council, public health training fellowship applications for European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology and the UK Asthma Foundation. Dr Erbas also serves as an elected member of the University Human Ethics committee.


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