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DSM staff profile

Professor David Skegg

PositionResearch Professor (part-time)
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine
QualificationsKNZM OBE BMedSc MB ChB HonLLD(Otago) DPhil(Oxf) FFPHM FAFPHM FRSNZ
Research summaryEpidemiology and public health
MembershipsChair, Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Research

  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Contraceptive and drug safety
  • Reproductive health

Additional details

  • Vice-Chancellor, University of Otago, 2004–2011
  • President, Royal Society of New Zealand, 2012–2015

Publications

Gluckman, P., & Skegg, D. (Eds.). (2015). Asbestos exposure in New Zealand: Review of the scientific evidence of non-occupational risks. Royal Society of New Zealand and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, 43p. Retrieved from http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/expert-advice/papers/yr2015/risks-from-asbestos-exposure-in-the-non-occupational-environment/

Gluckman, P., & Skegg, D. (Eds.). (2014). Health effects of water fluoridation: A review of the scientific evidence. Royal Society of New Zealand and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, 74p. Retrieved from http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/expert-advice/papers/yr2014/health-effects-of-water-fluoridation/

Skegg, D. C. G. (2014). Charting progress in the battle against cancer [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1400). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/

Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, including McCredie, M., Paul, C., Skegg, D. C. G., & Spears, G. F. S. (2012). Menarche, menopause, and breast cancer risk: Individual participant meta-analysis, including 118 964 women with breast cancer from 117 epidemiological studies. Lancet Oncology, 13(11), 1141-1151. doi: 10.1016/s1470-2045(12)70425-4

Harrison-Woolrych, M., Skegg, K., Ashton, J., Herbison, P., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2011). Nocturnal enuresis in patients taking clozapine, risperidone, olanzapine and quetiapine: Comparative cohort study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 199(2), 140-144. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.087478

Edited Book - Research

Gluckman, P., & Skegg, D. (Eds.). (2015). Asbestos exposure in New Zealand: Review of the scientific evidence of non-occupational risks. Royal Society of New Zealand and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, 43p. Retrieved from http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/expert-advice/papers/yr2015/risks-from-asbestos-exposure-in-the-non-occupational-environment/

Gluckman, P., & Skegg, D. (Eds.). (2014). Health effects of water fluoridation: A review of the scientific evidence. Royal Society of New Zealand and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, 74p. Retrieved from http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/expert-advice/papers/yr2014/health-effects-of-water-fluoridation/

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Chapter in Book - Research

Skegg, D. C. G. (2009). Foreword: The Cartwright Inquiry and its legacy. In J. Manning (Ed.), The Cartwright papers: Essays on the cervical cancer inquiry 1987-88. (pp. 7-12). Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books.

Skegg, D. C. G., Atkinson, P., Fennessy, P. F., Marbrook, J., Scott, B., & Wilks, C. R. (1997). Report from the BSE Expert Science Panel. In Meat and Human Health Symposium. (Miscellaneous Series (Royal Society of New Zealand), 38). (pp. 97-100). Wellington: Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Journal - Research Article

Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, including McCredie, M., Paul, C., Skegg, D. C. G., & Spears, G. F. S. (2012). Menarche, menopause, and breast cancer risk: Individual participant meta-analysis, including 118 964 women with breast cancer from 117 epidemiological studies. Lancet Oncology, 13(11), 1141-1151. doi: 10.1016/s1470-2045(12)70425-4

Harrison-Woolrych, M., Skegg, K., Ashton, J., Herbison, P., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2011). Nocturnal enuresis in patients taking clozapine, risperidone, olanzapine and quetiapine: Comparative cohort study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 199(2), 140-144. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.087478

McCredie, M. R. E., Paul, C., Sharples, K. J., Baranyai, J., Medley, G., Skegg, D. C. G., & Jones, R. W. (2010). Consequences in women of participating in a study of the natural history of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 3. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 50(4), 363-370. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2010.01170.x

International Collaboration of Epidemiological Studies of Cervical Cancer, including Skegg, D. (2009). Cervical carcinoma and sexual behavior: Collaborative reanalysis of individual data on 15,461 women with cervical carcinoma and 29,164 women without cervical carcinoma from 21 epidemiological studies. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 18(4), 1060-1069. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-08-1186

Dickson, N. P., Ryding, J., van Roode, T., Paul, C., Herbison, P., Dillner, J., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2009). Male circumcision and serologically determined human papillomavirus infection in a birth cohort. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 18(1), 177-183. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-08-0353

McCredie, M. R. E., Sharples, K. J., Paul, C., Baranyai, J., Medley, G., Jones, R. W., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2008). Natural history of cervical neoplasia and risk of invasive cancer in women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 3: A retrospective cohort study. Lancet Oncology, 9(5), 425-434. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(08)70103-7

Skegg, K., Nada-Raja, S., Paul, C., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2007). Body piercing, personality, and sexual behavior. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, 47-54.

Dockerty, J. D., Herbison, P., Skegg, D. C. G., & Elwood, M. (2007). Vitamin and mineral supplements in pregnancy and the risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: A case-control study. BMC Public Health, 7, 136. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-7-136

International Collaboration of Epidemiological Studies of Cervical Cancer, including Skegg, D. (2007). Cervical cancer and hormonal contraceptives: Collaborative reanalysis of individual data for 16573 women with cervical cancer and 35509 women without cervical cancer from 24 epidemiological studies. Lancet, 370, 1609-1621. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61684-5

International Collaboration of Epidemiological Studies of Cervical Cancer, including Skegg, D. (2006). Comparison of risk factors for invasive squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma of the cervix: Collaborative reanalysis of individual data on 8,097 women with squamous cell carcinoma and 1,374 women with adenocarcinoma from 12 epidemiological studies. International Journal of Cancer, 120(4), 885-891. doi: 10.1002/ijc.22357

Parkin, L., Bell, M. L., Herbison, G. P., Paul, C., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2006). Air travel and fatal pulmonary embolism. Thrombosis & Haemostasis, 95, 807-814.

International Collaboration of Epidemiological Studies of Cervical Cancer, including Skegg, D. (2006). Carcinoma of the cervix and tobacco smoking: Collaborative reanalysis of individual data on 13,541 women with carcinoma of the cervix and 23,017 women without carcinoma of the cervix from 23 epidemiological studies. International Journal of Cancer, 118, 1481-1495. doi: 10.1002/ijc.21493

Cox, B., Sneyd, M. J., Paul, C., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2006). Risk factors for prostate cancer: A national case-control study. International Journal of Cancer, 119, 1690-1694.

McCredie, M. R. E., Medley, G., Sharples, K. J., Jones, R. W., Baranyai, J., Paul, C., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2006). Review of cytologic slides from the National Women's Hospital, New Zealand, cohort of women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 3 diagnosed in 1955-1976. Acta Cytologica, 50(6), 632-636.

International Collaboration of Epidemiological Studies of Cervical Cancer, including Skegg, D. (2006). Cervical carcinoma and reproductive factors: Collaborative reanalysis of individual data on 16,563 women with cervical carcinoma and 33,542 women without cervical carcinoma from 25 epidemiological studies. International Journal of Cancer, 119(5), 1108-1124. doi: 10.1002/ijc.21953

Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, including Skegg, D. C. G., Paul, C., & McCredie, M. R. E. (2004). Breast cancer and abortion: Collaborative reanalysis of data from 53 epidemiological studies, including 83000 women with breast cancer from 16 countries. Lancet, 363, 1007-1016.

Parkin, L. R., Skegg, D. C. G., Herbison, G. P., & Paul, C. E. (2003). Psychotropic drugs and fatal pulmonary embolism. Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety, 12, 647-652.

Dockerty, J. D., Skegg, D. C. G., & Williams, S. M. (2003). Economic effects of childhood cancer on families. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 39, 254-258.

Sneyd, M. J., Cox, B., Paul, C. E., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2003). PSA testing and digital rectal examination in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27(5), 502-506.

Cox, B., Sneyd, M. J., Paul, C. E., Delahunt, B., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2002). Vasectomy and risk of prostate cancer. JAMA, 287, 3110-3115.

Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, including Skegg, D. C. G., & McCredie, M. R. E. (2002). Alcohol, tobacco and breast cancer - Collaborative reanalysis of individual data from 53 epidemiological studies, including 58515 women with breast cancer and 95067 women without the disease. British Journal of Cancer, 87(11), 1234-1245. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6600596

Skegg, D. C. G., & McCredie, M. R. E. (2002). Comparison of cancer mortality and incidence in New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand Medical Journal, 115(1150), 205-208.

Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, including Skegg, D. C. G., & McCredie, M. R. E. (2002). Breastfeeding and breast cancer: Collaborative reanalysis of individual data from 47 epidemiological studies in 30 countries, including 50302 women with breast cancer and 96973 women without the disease. Lancet, 360(9328), 187-195.

Skegg, D. C. G. (2002). Oral contraceptives, parity, and cervical cancer. Lancet, 359, 1080-1081.

Skegg, D. C. G. (2001). Hormone therapy and heart disease after the menopause. Lancet, 358, 1196-1197.

Sneyd, M. J., Cox, B., Paul, C. E., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2001). High prevalence of vasectomy in New Zealand. Contraception, 64, 155-159.

Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, including Skegg, D. C. G., & McCredie, M. R. E. (2001). Familial breast cancer: Collaborative reanalysis of individual data from 52 epidemiological studies including 58, 209 women with breast cancer and 101, 986 women without the disease. Lancet, 358, 1389-1399.

Dockerty, J. D., Williams, S. M., McGee, R. O., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2000). Impact of childhood cancer on the mental health of parents. Medical & Pediatric Oncology, 35(5), 475-483.

Skegg, D. C. G. (2000). Pitfalls of pharmacoepidemiology. British Medical Journal, 321, 1171-1172.

Skegg, D. C. G. (2000). Third generation oral contraceptives. British Medical Journal, 321, 190-191.

Parkin, L., Skegg, D. C. G., Wilson, M., Herbison, G. P., & Paul, C. (2000). Oral contraceptives and fatal pulmonary embolism. Lancet, 355, 2133-2134.

Paul, C. E., Wilson, M., Dickson, N. P., Sharples, K. J., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2000). Enhanced surveillance of HIV infections in New Zealand, 1996 - 1998. New Zealand Medical Journal, 113, 390-394.

Skegg, D. C. G. (1999). Oral contraception and health. British Medical Journal, 318, 69-70.

Skegg, D. C. G. (1999). Safety and efficacy of fertility-regulating methods: a decade of research. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 77, 713-721.

Dockerty, J. D., Elwood, J. M., Skegg, D. C. G., & Herbison, G. P. (1999). Electromagnetic field exposures and childhood leukaemia in New Zealand. Lancet, 354(9194), 1967-1968.

Dockerty, J. D., Skegg, D. C. G., Elwood, J. M., Herbison, G. P., Becroft, D. M. O., & Lewis, M. E. (1999). Infections, vaccinations, and the risk of childhood leukaemia. British Journal of Cancer, 80(9), 1483-1489.

McCredie, M. R. E., Paul, C. E., Skegg, D. C. G., & Williams, S. M. (1999). Breast cancer in Maori and non-Maori women. International Journal of Epidemiology, 28, 189-195.

Skegg, D. C. G. (1998). BSE and CJD. New Zealand Science Review, 55, 52.

Dockerty, J. D., Elwood, J. M., Skegg, D. C. G., & Herbison, G. P. (1998). Electromagnetic field exposures and childhood cancers in New Zealand. Cancer Causes & Control, 9, 299-309.

McCredie, M. R. E., Paul, C. E., Skegg, D. C. G., & Williams, S. M. (1998). Reproductive factors and breast cancer in New Zealand. International Journal of Cancer, 76, 182-188.

Skegg, D. C. G. (1998). Mission-oriented research: a case study. Lancet, 351, 1952-1954.

Skegg, D. C. G. (1997). Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: epidemic or false alarm? Nature, 385(6613), 200.

McCredie, M. R., Paul, C. E., Skegg, D. C. G., & Williams, S. M. (1997). Family history and risk of breast cancer in New Zealand. International Journal of Cancer, 73(4), 503-507.

Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, including Paul, C., & Skegg, D. C. G. (1997). Breast cancer and hormone replacement therapy: Collaborative reanalysis of data from 51 epidemiological studies of 52 705 women with breast cancer and 108 411 women without breast cancer. Lancet, 350(9084), 1047-1059.

Paul, C. E., Skegg, D. C. G., & Williams, S. M. (1997). Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate: patterns of use and reasons for discontinuation. Contraception, 56(4), 209-214.

Skegg, D. C. G. (1997). Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. New Zealand Medical Journal, 110(1044), 177-178.

Skegg, D. C. G. (1997). Oral contraceptives and venous thromboembolic disease. WHO Drug Information, 11(2), 53-56.

Sharples, K. J., Dickson, N. P., Paul, C. E. A., & Skegg, D. C. G. (1996). HIV/AIDS in New Zealand: an epidemic in decline? AIDS, 10, 1273-1278.

Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, including Paul, C., & Skegg, D. C. G. (1996). Breast cancer and hormonal contraceptives: collaborative reanalysis of individual data on 53,297 women with breast cancer and 100,239 women without breast cancer from 54 epidemiological studies. Lancet, 347, 1713-1727.

Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, including Skegg, D. C. G. (1996). Breast cancer and hormonal contraceptives: further results. Contraception, 54, 1-106.

Skegg, D. C. G. (1996). Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate and cancer risk. Gynaecology Forum, 1, 7-9.

Skegg, D. C. G. (1996). Sacred cows, science and uncertainties. Nature, 382, 755-756.

Skegg, D. C. G., Paul, C., Spears, G. F. S., & Williams, S. M. (1996). Progestogen-only oral contraceptives and risk of breast cancer in New Zealand. Cancer Causes & Control, 7, 513-519.

Paul, C., Skegg, D. C. G., & Spears, G. F. S. (1995). Oral contraceptive use and risk of breast cancer in older women (New Zealand). Cancer Causes & Control, 6, 485-491.

Skegg, D. C. G. (1995). Breast cancer: progress at last? Lancet, 346, S15.

Skegg, D. C. G. (1995). Risk assessment issues in breast cancer. Mutation Research: Fundamental & Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis, 333, 51-58.

Skegg, D. C. G., Cox, B., & Broughton, J. R. (1995). Suicide among New Zealand Maori: is history repeating itself? Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 92, 453-459.

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Journal - Research Other

Skegg, D. C. G. (2014). Charting progress in the battle against cancer [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1400). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/

Skegg, D. C. G. (2003). Autism and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination: A challenge for pharmacoepidemiology. Pharmacotherapy, 23(12), 1521-1523.

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