About us

Meet the Director

Ian OlverProfessor Ian Olver, AM is the Director of the Sansom Institute for Health Research and was recently Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Council Australia. A renowned oncologist, cancer researcher and bioethicist, Ian has held senior positions in Australia and abroad.

With research interests in anticancer drug studies, symptom control, bio-ethics and psycho-oncology, Ian is the author of more than 200 journal articles and is a regular commentator on cancer issues in Australia and internationally.

Ian was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medical oncology as a clinician, researcher, administrator and mentor, and to the community through leadership roles with cancer control organisations.

About the Institute

Named after eminent Australian pharmacist Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, the Sansom Institute encompasses a unique breadth of research that extends across the entire health spectrum.

More than 250 researchers and 250 PhD students collaborate across a diverse range of cutting edge projects, with an annual research income of over $20m. We have many valued national and international collaborations, and the institute currently collaborates with around 600 institutions in 50 countries.

Sansom Institute Research Strengths


The Sansom Institute for Health Research is an institute that began in 2004. It was originally aligned to the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences with a research focus on pharmaceutical sciences. Through success and growth the Sansom Institute expanded its base to cover the three schools that make up the Division of Health Sciences:

  • School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Health Sciences

The Sansom Institute is administratively responsible for SANT Datalink and has links with the Centre for Cancer Biology.

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Areas of study and research

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