Aung Ko Win

Profile photo of Aung Ko WinAssociate Professor Aung Ko Win, MBBS, MPH, PhD, is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellow. He is a Principal Research Fellow and the Deputy Head of Colorectal Cancer Unit, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and Deputy Lead of Precision Prevention and Early Detection, University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research in Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He is the Centre Graduate Research Training Coordinator. He also has an honorary research appointment in the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Genetic Medicine.

With the aim of reducing the population cancer burden through precision prevention and early detection, Dr Win has developed and led several large-scale research programs in the field of genetic epidemiology, in collaboration with multiple international consortia including Colon Cancer Family Registry, International Mismatch Repair Consortium, International MUTYH Collaboration and Asian Cohort Consortium. His current research focuses on colorectal cancer, in particular: identifying risk factors for inherited genetic syndromes, mainly Lynch syndrome and MUTYH-associated polyposis, colorectal cancer subtypes, early-onset colorectal cancer and second primary cancers; and personalised risk prediction based on a wide range of risk factors.

Dr Win has widely published, in the field of hereditary colorectal cancer, more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and reviews in top-ranking journals including JAMA, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Gastroenterology and Gut. He has been funded over $4 million via fellowships and projects as a Chief Investigator. He has been an invited speaker at more than 40 national and international conferences and research institutions. He actively contributes to the scientific community nationally and globally via involvement in clinical guideline committees, research working groups, grant review panels, and grant and manuscript peer-reviews.

Throughout his career, Dr Win’s academic leadership and contributions have been recognised by multiple prestigious research excellence awards, including 2013 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research and 2017 University of Melbourne Award for Excellence in Team-based Research Programs.