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DSM staff profile

Professor David Skegg

PositionEmeritus Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsKNZM OBE BMedSc MB ChB HonLLD(Otago) DPhil(Oxford) HonDSc(Queen’s, Canada) FFPHM FAFPHM FRSNZ
Research summaryEpidemiology and public health


  • 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
  • Chair, Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, 2011–2016


Paul, C., Sharples, K. J., Baranyai, J., Jones, R. W., & Skegg, D. C. G. (2018). Outcomes for women without conventional treatment for stage 1A (microinvasive) carcinoma of the cervix. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12753

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

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

Skegg, D. C. G. (2014). Charting progress in the battle against cancer. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1400). Retrieved from

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