Professor Emily Banks is a public health physician and epidemiologist. She leads the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU and is Scientific Director of the 45 and Up Study. From 2010-2016 she Chaired the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines. From 1995-2003, she was Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford, UK, and joint Principal Investigator of the Million Women Study. Professor Banks was awarded the UK Woman of Achievement in Science and Technology in 2000, was a finalist for Young Cancer Researcher of the Year in 2005. She has also received awards for career achievement (2010), media engagement (2011), research translation (2011) and supervision (2016). In 2014, she received the National Breast Cancer Foundation Patron’s Award for services to breast cancer research. In 2015, she was awarded the Medical Journal of Australia/MDA National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research, with colleagues from the University of Sydney and in 2016 she was named as a Westpac/Financial Review Woman of Influence.