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Associate Professor Costan Magnussen

BHM(Hons) | PhD, University of Tasmania

I am an epidemiologist motivated to understand the early life determinants of adult cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

My work, reminiscent of the long-term exploration seen in the ”Up” TV series, uses vast data from observational studies that began in childhood and spanned to mid adulthood. My research vision is to provide the best evidence on important clinical and public health questions that will provide young people with an optimal start — a path leading to a healthier, longer life.


  • NHMRC Emerging Leader (EL2) Fellowship (2020–2024)
  • Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship (2016–2020)
  • NHMRC Early Career Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2012–2016)


  • University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research Performance by Early Career Researchers at Level A or B
  • Silver achievement award, University of Turku, Finland

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