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Health Sciences profile

Dr Jason Gurney

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Public Health (UOW)
QualificationsBSc Hons PhD
Research summaryCancer control

Research

Jason is a Senior Research Fellow in the Cancer Control and Screening Research Group, and a HRC Eru Pomare Post-Doctoral Fellow. He currently divides his time between cancer and rheumatic fever research. Jason's Eru Pomare Fellowship will be spent focusing on testicular cancer – a disease which remains poorly understood in terms of development. Previous work by the Cancer Control and Screening Research Group discovered that Māori men suffer the highest rates of testicular cancer in New Zealand – a finding completely at-odds with the rest of the world, where it is the White population who suffer by far the highest rates of this disease. Jason’s Fellowship aims to understand the key drivers of this ethnic disparity, which will also lead to a greater understanding of the key exposures in the development of testicular cancer.

Publications

Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Rumball-Smith, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Postoperative death after lower-limb amputation in a national prevalent cohort of patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2337/dc17-2557

Hei Āhuru Mōwai – National Māori Cancer Leadership Group, including Gurney, J. K. (2018). New Zealand’s revised ethnicity data protocols must not become a shelved document: A challenge from Hei Āhuru Mōwai. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1470), 104-106. [Letter].

Gurney, J. K., Kersting, U. G., Rosenbaum, D., Dissanayake, A., York, S., Grech, R., … Sarfati, D. (2017). Pedobarography as a clinical tool in the management of diabetic feet in New Zealand: A feasibility study. Journal of Foot & Ankle Research, 10, 24. doi: 10.1186/s13047-017-0205-6

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., Rosenbaum, D., & Sarfati, D. (2017). Risk of lower limb amputation in a national prevalent cohort of patients with diabetes. Diabetologia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00125-017-4488-8

Gurney, J., Richiardi, L., McGlynn, K. A., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2017). Analgesia use during pregnancy and risk of cryptorchidism: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction, 32(5), 1118-1129. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dex047

Chapter in Book - Research

Sarfati, D., & Gurney, J. (2016). What is comorbidity? In B. Koczwara (Ed.), Cancer and chronic conditions: Addressing the problem of multimorbidity in cancer patients and survivors. (pp. 1-33). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-1844-2

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Journal - Research Article

Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Rumball-Smith, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Postoperative death after lower-limb amputation in a national prevalent cohort of patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2337/dc17-2557

Gurney, J. K., Kersting, U. G., Rosenbaum, D., Dissanayake, A., York, S., Grech, R., … Sarfati, D. (2017). Pedobarography as a clinical tool in the management of diabetic feet in New Zealand: A feasibility study. Journal of Foot & Ankle Research, 10, 24. doi: 10.1186/s13047-017-0205-6

Gurney, J., Richiardi, L., McGlynn, K. A., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2017). Analgesia use during pregnancy and risk of cryptorchidism: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction, 32(5), 1118-1129. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dex047

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., Rosenbaum, D., & Sarfati, D. (2017). Risk of lower limb amputation in a national prevalent cohort of patients with diabetes. Diabetologia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00125-017-4488-8

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Shaw, C., & Sarfati, D. (2016). Ethnic patterns of hypospadias in New Zealand do not resemble those observed for cryptorchidism and testicular cancer: Evidence of differential aetiology? Andrology, 4(1), 82-86. doi: 10.1111/andr.12121

Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Lim, B. T., Bagheri, N., Simpson, A., Koea, J., & Dennett, E. (2016). Identifying important comorbidity among cancer populations using administrative data: Prevalence and impact on survival. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 12(1), e47-e56. doi: 10.1111/ajco.12130

Wernham, E., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Ellison-Loschmann, L., & Sarfati, D. (2016). A comparison of midwife-led and medical-led models of care and their relationship to adverse fetal and neonatal outcomes: A retrospective cohort study in New Zealand. PLoS Medicine, 13(9), e1002134. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002134

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Baker, M. G., Wilson, N. J., & Sarfati, D. (2016). Estimating the risk of acute rheumatic fever in New Zealand by age, ethnicity and deprivation. Epidemiology & Infection, 144(14), 3058-3067. doi: 10.1017/s0950268816001291

Gurney, J., Chong, A., Culliford-Semmens, N., Tilton, E., Wilson, N. J., & Sarfati, D. (2016). The benefits and harms of rheumatic heart disease screening from the perspective of the screened population. International Journal of Cardiology, 221, 734-740. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.07.025

Gurney, J. K., Sarfati, D., & Stanley, J. (2015). Obscure etiology, unusual disparity: The epidemiology of testicular cancer in New Zealand. Cancer Causes & Control, 26(4), 561-569. doi: 10.1007/s10552-015-0533-4

Signal, V., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Gurney, J., Koea, J., & Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2015). Indigenous inequities in the presentation and management of stomach cancer in New Zealand: A country with universal health care coverage. Gastric Cancer, 18(3), 571-579. doi: 10.1007/s10120-014-0410-y

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., & Stanley, J. (2015). The impact of patient comorbidity on cancer stage at diagnosis. British Journal of Cancer, 113, 1375-1380. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2015.355

Gurney, J., Shaw, C., Stanley, J., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2015). Cannabis exposure and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Cancer, 15, 897. doi: 10.1186/s12885-015-1905-6

Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Salmond, C., Crampton, P., Dennett, E., … Pearce, N. (2014). Cancer-specific administrative data—based comorbidity indices provided valid alternative to Charlson and National Cancer Institute Indices. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 67(5), 586-595. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2013.11.012

Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., & Koea, J. (2014). A retrospective cohort study of patients with stomach and liver cancers: The impact of comorbidity and ethnicity on cancer care and outcomes. BMC Cancer, 14, 821. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-14-821

Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Lim, B. T., & McSherry, C. (2014). Development of a pharmacy-based comorbidity index for patients with cancer. Medical Care, 52(7), 586-593. doi: 10.1097/mlr.0000000000000149

Swart, E. M., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Dennett, E., Signal, V., Gurney, J., & Stanley, J. (2013). Ethnicity and rectal cancer management in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1384). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., & Studd, R. (2013). Do ethnic patterns in cryptorchidism reflect those found in testicular cancer? Journal of Urology, 190(5), 1852-1857. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2013.05.002

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., Dennett, E., Johnson, C., Koea, J., Simpson, A., & Studd, R. (2013). Unstaged cancer in a population-based registry: Prevalence, predictors and patient prognosis. Cancer Epidemiology, 37(4), 498-504. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2013.03.005

Chamberlain, J., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Koea, J., Gurney, J., & Blakely, T. (2013). Incidence and management of hepatocellular carcinoma among Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(6), 520-526. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12108

Gurney, J. K., Kuch, C., Rosenbaum, D., & Kersting, U. G. (2012). The Māori foot exhibits differences in plantar loading and midfoot morphology to the Caucasian foot. Gait & Posture, 36(1), 157-159. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.01.013

Gurney, J. K., Kersting, U. G., & Rosenbaum, D. (2009). Dynamic foot function and morphology in elite rugby league athletes of different ethnicity. Applied Ergonomics, 40(3), 554-559. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2008.11.001

Gurney, J. K., Kersting, U. G., & Rosenbaum, D. (2008). Between-day reliability of repeated plantar pressure distribution measurements in a normal population. Gait & Posture, 27(4), 706-709. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2007.07.002

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Journal - Research Other

Hei Āhuru Mōwai – National Māori Cancer Leadership Group, including Gurney, J. K. (2018). New Zealand’s revised ethnicity data protocols must not become a shelved document: A challenge from Hei Āhuru Mōwai. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1470), 104-106. [Letter].

Gurney, J. K., McGlynn, K. A., Stanley, J., Merriman, T., Signal, V., Shaw, C., Edwards, R., … Sarfati, D. (2017). Risk factors for cryptorchidism. Nature Reviews Urology, 14, 534-548. doi: 10.1038/nrurol.2017.90

Gurney, J. K., Chong, A., Culliford-Semmens, N., Tilton, E., Wilson, N. J., & Sarfati, D. (2017). High levels of rheumatic fever and sore throat awareness among a high-risk population screened for rheumatic heart disease. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1450), 107-110. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., Wilson, N., & Webb, R. (2015). The incidence of acute rheumatic fever in New Zealand, 2010-2013. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1417). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J. K., Marshall, P. W. M., Rosenbaum, D., & Kersting, U. G. (2013). Test-retest reliability of dynamic plantar loading and foot geometry measures in diabetics with peripheral neuropathy [Short communication]. Gait & Posture, 37(1), 135-137. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.06.007

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Dennett, E., & Koea, J. (2013). The completeness of cancer treatment data on the national health collections. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1381). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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