David J. Hunter
Emeritus Faculty

David J. Hunter

Vincent L. Gregory Professor of Cancer Prevention, Emeritus

Epidemiology

dhunter@hsph.harvard.edu

Other Positions

Professor of Medicine, Emeritus

Emeritus

Harvard Medical School


Overview

David Hunter's principal research interests are the etiology of cancer, particularly breast, ovarian, prostate and skin cancer. He was an investigator on the Nurses' Health Study, a long-running cohort of 121,000 US women, and was project director for the Nurses' Health Study II, a newer cohort of 116,000 women. He analyzes inherited susceptibility to cancer and other chronic diseases using genetic techniques and studying molecular markers of environmental exposures. Dr. Hunter supervised laboratories at the Harvard School of Public Health in which gene sequence information from these samples is obtained. He was Co-Chair of the NCI Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium and co-director of the NCI Cancer Genetic Markers of Susceptibility (CGEMS) Special Initiative. He collaborated with investigators at the School and in Tanzania to understand the relationship of nutritional status to progression of HIV disease and perinatal transmission. Professor Hunter was the Director of the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention from 1997-2003, and was Founding Director of the Program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology (now Program in Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics), Harvard School of Public Health. Hunter was Acting Dean of the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in 2015-2016 and before that Dean for Academic Affairs at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2009-2015.

In 2017, Hunter moved to the University of Oxford as the Richard Doll Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, and as a Governing Board Fellow of Green Templeton College. He directs a Unit focused on translating disease risk information into population health and clinical practice. He is Chief Science Advisor to Our Future Health, a major cohort initiative of the UK Government. In 2021 he was elected as a Fellow by distinction of the UK Faculty of Public Health, and elected as a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.

MB, BS, 1982
University of Sydney Medical School

MPH, 1985
Harvard School of Public Health

ScD, 1988
Harvard School of Public Health


Bibliography

Characterizing prostate cancer risk through multi-ancestry genome-wide discovery of 187 novel risk variants.

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Nat Genet. 2023 Nov 09. PMID: 37945903

A genome-wide gene-environment interaction study of breast cancer risk for women of European ancestry.

Middha P, Wang X, Behrens S, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Dennis J, Michailidou K, Ahearn TU, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Arndt V, Aronson KJ, Auer PL, Augustinsson A, Baert T, Freeman LEB, Becher H, Beckmann MW, Benitez J, Bojesen SE, Brauch H, Brenner H, Brooks-Wilson A, Campa D, Canzian F, Carracedo A, Castelao JE, Chanock SJ, Chenevix-Trench G, Cordina-Duverger E, Couch FJ, Cox A, Cross SS, Czene K, Dossus L, Dugué PA, Eliassen AH, Eriksson M, Evans DG, Fasching PA, Figueroa JD, Fletcher O, Flyger H, Gabrielson M, Gago-Dominguez M, Giles GG, González-Neira A, Grassmann F, Grundy A, Guénel P, Haiman CA, Håkansson N, Hall P, Hamann U, Hankinson SE, Harkness EF, Holleczek B, Hoppe R, Hopper JL, Houlston RS, Howell A, Hunter DJ, Ingvar C, Isaksson K, Jernström H, John EM, Jones ME, Kaaks R, Keeman R, Kitahara CM, Ko YD, Koutros S, Kurian AW, Lacey JV, Lambrechts D, Larson NL, Larsson S, Le Marchand L, Lejbkowicz F, Li S, Linet M, Lissowska J, Martinez ME, Maurer T, Mulligan AM, Mulot C, Murphy RA, Newman WG, Nielsen SF, Nordestgaard BG, Norman A, O'Brien KM, Olson JE, Patel AV, Prentice R, Rees-Punia E, Rennert G, Rhenius V, Ruddy KJ, Sandler DP, Scott CG, Shah M, Shu XO, Smeets A, Southey MC, Stone J, Tamimi RM, Taylor JA, Teras LR, Tomczyk K, Troester MA, Truong T, Vachon CM, Wang SS, Weinberg CR, Wildiers H, Willett W, Winham SJ, Wolk A, Yang XR, Zamora MP, Zheng W, Ziogas A, Dunning AM, Pharoah PDP, García-Closas M, Schmidt MK, Kraft P, Milne RL, Lindström S, Easton DF, Chang-Claude J.

Breast Cancer Res. 2023 08 09. 25(1):93. PMID: 37559094

Understanding the genetic complexity of puberty timing across the allele frequency spectrum.

Kentistou KA, Kaisinger LR, Stankovic S, Vaudel M, de Oliveira EM, Messina A, Walters RG, Liu X, Busch AS, Helgason H, Thompson DJ, Santon F, Petricek KM, Zouaghi Y, Huang-Doran I, Gudbjartsson DF, Bratland E, Lin K, Gardner EJ, Zhao Y, Jia R, Terao C, Riggan M, Bolla MK, Yazdanpanah M, Yazdanpanah N, Bradfield JP, Broer L, Campbell A, Chasman DI, Cousminer DL, Franceschini N, Franke LH, Girotto G, He C, Järvelin MR, Joshi PK, Kamatani Y, Karlsson R, Luan J, Lunetta KL, Mägi R, Mangino M, Medland SE, Meisinger C, Noordam R, Nutile T, Concas MP, Polašek O, Porcu E, Ring SM, Sala C, Smith AV, Tanaka T, van der Most PJ, Vitart V, Wang CA, Willemsen G, Zygmunt M, Ahearn TU, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antoniou AC, Auer PL, Barnes CL, Beckmann MW, Berrington A, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen SE, Brenner H, Buring JE, Canzian F, Chang-Claude J, Couch FJ, Cox A, Crisponi L, Czene K, Daly MB, Demerath EW, Dennis J, Devilee P, Vivo I, Dörk T, Dunning AM, Dwek M, Eriksson JG, Fasching PA, Fernandez-Rhodes L, Ferreli L, Fletcher O, Gago-Dominguez M, García-Closas M, García-Sáenz JA, González-Neira A, Grallert H, Guénel P, Haiman CA, Hall P, Hamann U, Hakonarson H, Hart RJ, Hickey M, Hooning MJ, Hoppe R, Hopper JL, Hottenga JJ, Hu FB, Hübner H, Hunter DJ, Jernström H, John EM, Karasik D, Khusnutdinova EK, Kristensen VN, Lacey JV, Lambrechts D, Launer LJ, Lind PA, Lindblom A, Magnusson PK, Mannermaa A, McCarthy MI, Meitinger T, Menni C, Michailidou K, Millwood IY, Milne RL, Montgomery GW, Nevanlinna H, Nolte IM, Nyholt DR, Obi N, O'Brien KM, Offit K, Oldehinkel AJ, Ostrowski SR, Palotie A, Pedersen OB, Peters A, Pianigiani G, Plaseska-Karanfilska D, Pouta A, Pozarickij A, Radice P, Rennert G, Rosendaal FR, Ruggiero D, Saloustros E, Sandler DP, Schipf S, Schmidt CO, Schmidt MK, Small K, Spedicati B, Stampfer M, Stone J, Tamimi RM, Teras LR, Tikkanen E, Turman C, Vachon CM, Wang Q, Winqvist R, Wolk A, Zemel BS, Zheng W, van Dijk KW, Alizadeh BZ, Bandinelli S, Boerwinkle E, Boomsma DI, Ciullo M, Chenevix-Trench G, Cucca F, Esko T, Gieger C, Grant SF, Gudnason V, Hayward C, Kolcic I, Kraft P, Lawlor DA, Martin NG, Nøhr EA, Pedersen NL, Pennell CE, Ridker PM, Robino A, Snieder H, Sovio U, Spector TD, Stöckl D, Sudlow C, Timpson NJ, Toniolo D, Uitterlinden A, Ulivi S, Völzke H, Wareham NJ, Widen E, Wilson JF, Pharoah PD, Li L, Easton DF, Njølstad P, Sulem P, Murabito JM, Murray A, Manousaki D, Juul A, Erikstrup C, Stefansson K, Horikoshi M, Chen Z, Farooqi IS, Pitteloud N, Johansson S, Day FR, Perry JR, Ong KK.

medRxiv. 2023 Jun 20. PMID: 37503126

Evaluating approaches for constructing polygenic risk scores for prostate cancer in men of African and European ancestry.

Darst BF, Shen J, Madduri RK, Rodriguez AA, Xiao Y, Sheng X, Saunders EJ, Dadaev T, Brook MN, Hoffmann TJ, Muir K, Wan P, Le Marchand L, Wilkens L, Wang Y, Schleutker J, MacInnis RJ, Cybulski C, Neal DE, Nordestgaard BG, Nielsen SF, Batra J, Clements JA, Cancer BioResource AP, Grönberg H, Pashayan N, Travis RC, Park JY, Albanes D, Weinstein S, Mucci LA, Hunter DJ, Penney KL, Tangen CM, Hamilton RJ, Parent MÉ, Stanford JL, Koutros S, Wolk A, Sørensen KD, Blot WJ, Yeboah ED, Mensah JE, Lu YJ, Schaid DJ, Thibodeau SN, West CM, Maier C, Kibel AS, Cancel-Tassin G, Menegaux F, John EM, Grindedal EM, Khaw KT, Ingles SA, Vega A, Rosenstein BS, Teixeira MR, Kogevinas M, Cannon-Albright L, Huff C, Multigner L, Kaneva R, Leach RJ, Brenner H, Hsing AW, Kittles RA, Murphy AB, Logothetis CJ, Neuhausen SL, Isaacs WB, Nemesure B, Hennis AJ, Carpten J, Pandha H, De Ruyck K, Xu J, Razack A, Teo SH, Newcomb LF, Fowke JH, Neslund-Dudas C, Rybicki BA, Gamulin M, Usmani N, Claessens F, Gago-Dominguez M, Castelao JE, Townsend PA, Crawford DC, Petrovics G, Casey G, Roobol MJ, Hu JF, Berndt SI, Van Den Eeden SK, Easton DF, Chanock SJ, Cook MB, Wiklund F, Witte JS, Eeles RA, Kote-Jarai Z, Watya S, Gaziano JM, Justice AC, Conti DV, Haiman CA.

Am J Hum Genet. 2023 Jul 06. 110(7):1200-1206. PMID: 37311464

Genome-wide Association Study of Bladder Cancer Reveals New Biological and Translational Insights.

Koutros S, Kiemeney LA, Pal Choudhury P, Milne RL, Lopez de Maturana E, Ye Y, Joseph V, Florez-Vargas O, Dyrskjøt L, Figueroa J, Dutta D, Giles GG, Hildebrandt MAT, Offit K, Kogevinas M, Weiderpass E, McCullough ML, Freedman ND, Albanes D, Kooperberg C, Cortessis VK, Karagas MR, Johnson A, Schwenn MR, Baris D, Furberg H, Bajorin DF, Cussenot O, Cancel-Tassin G, Benhamou S, Kraft P, Porru S, Carta A, Bishop T, Southey MC, Matullo G, Fletcher T, Kumar R, Taylor JA, Lamy P, Prip F, Kalisz M, Weinstein SJ, Hengstler JG, Selinski S, Harland M, Teo M, Kiltie AE, Tardón A, Serra C, Carrato A, García-Closas R, Lloreta J, Schned A, Lenz P, Riboli E, Brennan P, Tjønneland A, Otto T, Ovsiannikov D, Volkert F, Vermeulen SH, Aben KK, Galesloot TE, Turman C, De Vivo I, Giovannucci E, Hunter DJ, Hohensee C, Hunt R, Patel AV, Huang WY, Thorleifsson G, Gago-Dominguez M, Amiano P, Golka K, Stern MC, Yan W, Liu J, Li SA, Katta S, Hutchinson A, Hicks B, Wheeler WA, Purdue MP, McGlynn KA, Kitahara CM, Haiman CA, Greene MH, Rafnar T, Chatterjee N, Chanock SJ, Wu X, Real FX, Silverman DT, Garcia-Closas M, Stefansson K, Prokunina-Olsson L, Malats N, Rothman N.

Eur Urol. 2023 07. 84(1):127-137. PMID: 37210288

Evaluating Approaches for Constructing Polygenic Risk Scores for Prostate Cancer in Men of African and European Ancestry.

Darst BF, Shen J, Madduri RK, Rodriguez AA, Xiao Y, Sheng X, Saunders EJ, Dadaev T, Brook MN, Hoffmann TJ, Muir K, Wan P, Le Marchand L, Wilkens L, Wang Y, Schleutker J, MacInnis RJ, Cybulski C, Neal DE, Nordestgaard BG, Nielsen SF, Batra J, Clements JA, Grönberg H, Pashayan N, Travis RC, Park JY, Albanes D, Weinstein S, Mucci LA, Hunter DJ, Penney KL, Tangen CM, Hamilton RJ, Parent MÉ, Stanford JL, Koutros S, Wolk A, Sørensen KD, Blot WJ, Yeboah ED, Mensah JE, Lu YJ, Schaid DJ, Thibodeau SN, West CM, Maier C, Kibel AS, Cancel-Tassin G, Menegaux F, John EM, Grindedal EM, Khaw KT, Ingles SA, Vega A, Rosenstein BS, Teixeira MR, Kogevinas M, Cannon-Albright L, Huff C, Multigner L, Kaneva R, Leach RJ, Brenner H, Hsing AW, Kittles RA, Murphy AB, Logothetis CJ, Neuhausen SL, Isaacs WB, Nemesure B, Hennis AJ, Carpten J, Pandha H, De Ruyck K, Xu J, Razack A, Teo SH, Newcomb LF, Fowke JH, Neslund-Dudas C, Rybicki BA, Gamulin M, Usmani N, Claessens F, GagoDominguez M, Castelao JE, Townsend PA, Crawford DC, Petrovics G, Casey G, Roobol MJ, Hu JF, Berndt SI, Van Den Eeden SK, Easton DF, Chanock SJ, Cook MB, Wiklund F, Witte JS, Eeles RA, Kote-Jarai Z, Watya S, Gaziano JM, Justice AC, Conti DV, Haiman CA.

medRxiv. 2023 May 15. PMID: 37292833


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