Dr Michael Hunter
BPMRI, Director Busselton Health Study Centre, Busselton
Research Interests: epidemiology, population health
Dr Michael Hunter was awarded a PhD with Distinction by the University of Western Australia for his studies in molecular biology and genetics conducted at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (now known as the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research) and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Royal Free Hospital, London. His investigations led to the discovery of the possible molecular basis of an inherited peripheral neuropathy through the identification of a novel interaction related to lipid metabolism, at the same time identifying a candidate gene regulating High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) levels.
Since 2005 his interests have extended to population health research where he is currently Director of the BPMRI Busselton Health Study Centre in Busselton, and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Western Australia. He has overseen onsite data collection, protocol and questionnaire development, as well as staff and technical management on numerous local, national & international collaborative research projects. These include investigations into asthma, COPD, allergy, sleep apnoea, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and cardiovascular disease. Dr Hunter is a Board member of the Busselton Population Medical Research Institute, member of the Busselton Healthy Ageing Study (BHAS) Scientific Management Committee and Chairs the Busselton Health Study Local Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia’s Local Advisory Group in Busselton.