Dr Nicholas Osborne is an epidemiologist and toxicologist. He has experience in epidemiology studies examining the complex genetic and environmental aetiology of disease.
He is a co-investigator of the environment strand at The Centre for Improvement in Population Health through E-records Research (CIPHER). It is one of the four co-ordinating centres of the Farr Institute. It is a multinational research partnership between academia, the UK national health service (NHS) and industry, focussed on improving the lives of patients and the population through informatics.
Dr Osborne was previously employed at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne in the Gut & Liver group as a postdoctoral research fellow. Here he worked on the HealthNuts study which was designed to determine the prevalence and risk factors for food allergy in a cohort of Australian children.
In addition Dr Osborne is an investigator on a Department of Human Services Public Health Research Project (2007-08) examining the health risk assessment for cyanobacterial toxins in seafood from the Gippsland Lakes.
Dr Osborne’s previous post-doctoral position was with the HealthIron study at the University of Melbourne/Cancer Council Victoria examining the association of haemochromatosis-related genotypes with specific chronic diseases, the natural history of the disease in susceptible people, and the genetic and environmental modifiers of disease expression. Prior to that he was senior research fellow at the University of Portsmouth/King’s College Hospital examining novel drug therapy approaches for brain tumours.
He completed his PhD at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland/National Research Centre of Environmental Toxicology working on the toxicology and public health effects of cyanobacterial toxins in southeast Queensland.