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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Jason Gurney

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Public Health (Wellington)
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., Jackson, C., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Stage at diagnosis for Māori cancer patients: Disparities, similarities and data limitations. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1508), 43-64. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J. K., Campbell, S., Turner, S., & Scott, N. (2020). Addressing cancer inequities for indigenous populations: The New Zealand story. Journal of Cancer Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jcpo.2019.100209

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Regional variation in the risk of lower-limb amputation among patients with diabetes in New Zealand. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.15079

Chung, A. W., Ho, T. K. C., Hanson-Manful, P., Tritscheller, S., Raynes, J. M., Whitcombe, A. L., … Oliver, J. R., Gurney, J. K., … Moreland, N. J. (2019). Systems immunology reveals a linked IgG3-C4 response in patients with acute rheumatic fever. Immunology & Cell Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/imcb.12298

Znaor, A., Skakkebaek, N. E., Rajpert-De Meyts, E., Laversanne, M., Kuliš, T., Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., … Bray, F. (2019). Testicular cancer incidence predictions in Europe 2010-2035: A rising burden despite population ageing. International Journal of Cancer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ijc.32810

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., Jackson, C., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Stage at diagnosis for Māori cancer patients: Disparities, similarities and data limitations. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1508), 43-64. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Regional variation in the risk of lower-limb amputation among patients with diabetes in New Zealand. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.15079

Znaor, A., Skakkebaek, N. E., Rajpert-De Meyts, E., Laversanne, M., Kuliš, T., Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., … Bray, F. (2019). Testicular cancer incidence predictions in Europe 2010-2035: A rising burden despite population ageing. International Journal of Cancer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ijc.32810

Chung, A. W., Ho, T. K. C., Hanson-Manful, P., Tritscheller, S., Raynes, J. M., Whitcombe, A. L., … Oliver, J. R., Gurney, J. K., … Moreland, N. J. (2019). Systems immunology reveals a linked IgG3-C4 response in patients with acute rheumatic fever. Immunology & Cell Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/imcb.12298

Gurney, J. K., Florio, A. A., Znaor, A., Ferlay, J., Laversanne, M., Sarfati, D., … McGlynn, K. A. (2019). International trends in the incidence of testicular cancer: Lessons from 35 years and 41 countries. European Urology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2019.07.002

Huang, S., Signal, V., Sarfati, D., Shaw, C., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K., & Gurney, J. (2018). Physical activity and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review. BMC Cancer, 18, 189. doi: 10.1186/s12885-018-4093-3

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, 41(6), 1204-1211. doi: 10.2337/dc17-2557

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., & Sarfati, D. (2018). The M3 multimorbidity index outperformed both Charlson and Elixhauser indices when predicting adverse outcomes in people with diabetes. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 99, 144-152. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2018.04.002

Millar, E., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Stairmand, J., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., … Sarfati, D. (2018). Pill for this and a pill for that: A cross-sectional survey of use and understanding of medication among adults with multimorbidity. Australasian Journal on Ageing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12606

Stairmand, J., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Millar, E., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., Mangin, D., Lawrenson, R., & Sarfati, D. (2018). The impact of multimorbidity on people's lives: A cross-sectional survey. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1477), 78-90. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Millar, E., Stanley, J., Gurney, J., Stairmand, J., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., … Sarfati, D. (2018). Effect of multimorbidity on health service utilisation and health care experiences. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(1), 44-53. doi: 10.1071/HC17074

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., Rosenbaum, D., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Risk of lower limb amputation in a national prevalent cohort of patients with diabetes. Diabetologia, 61(3), 626-635. doi: 10.1007/s00125-017-4488-8

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., 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

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

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., 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

Gurney, J. K., Campbell, S., Turner, S., & Scott, N. (2020). Addressing cancer inequities for indigenous populations: The New Zealand story. Journal of Cancer Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jcpo.2019.100209

Baker, M. G., Gurney, J., Oliver, J., Moreland, N. J., Williamson, D. A., Pierse, N., … Merriman, T. R., … Murray, C., … Edwards, R., Foster Page, L., … Lennon, D. (2019). Risk factors for acute rheumatic fever: Literature review and protocol for a case-control study in New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 16(22), 4515. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16224515

Signal, V., Gurney, J., Inns, S., McLeod, M., Sika-Paotonu, D., Sowerbutts, S., Teng, A., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Helicobacter pylori, stomach cancer and its prevention in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2019.1650081

Gurney, J., Campbell, S., Jackson, C., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Equity by 2030: Achieving equity in survival for Māori cancer patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1506), 66-76. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Sarfati, D., Jackson, C. G. C. A., Macfarlane, S., Bissett, I., Robson, B., Gurney, J., Kemp, R., … McMenamin, J. (2019). Cancer Care at a Crossroads: Time to make a choice. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1493), 6-11. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J. K. (2019). The puzzling incidence of testicular cancer in New Zealand: What can we learn? Andrology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/andr.12584

Signal, V., Huang, S., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K. A., & Gurney, J. K. (2018). Dairy consumption and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review. Nutrition & Cancer, 70(5), 710-736. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2018.1470655

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K., Richiardi, L., Shaw, C., Edwards, R., Merriman, T. R., Robson, B., … McLeod, M., Kennedy, M. A., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Testicular Cancer in New Zealand (TCNZ) study: Protocol for a national case-control study. BMJ Open, 8, e025212. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025212

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., Stanley, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Lower-limb amputation in New Zealand: Temporal changes and the role of diabetes mellitus. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1484), 71-73. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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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