Professor Brenda Gannon is a Professor in the School of Economics and Affiliate Professor at the Centre for the Business and Economics of Health, The University of Queensland, and an affiliate member of CEPAR (ARC Centre for Research Excellence in Population Ageing Research). Professor Gannon is an international expert in the field of Health Economics of Ageing and has won over $28 million, as chief investigator, in collaborative research income, with economics, medicine and social science with academia and industry. She has developed a range of projects in Economics of Ageing and Longevity on topics of physical activity and cognition, health shocks and health care utilization, and consumer directed care and home care. She has worked extensively on interdisciplinary research with gerontologists, clinicians and methodologists. Her work has been influential in the development of programs for falls preventions and informing policy on disability and social inclusion, and has positively impacted on the health of many older people across the world.

Professor Gannon’s research carries a dual role, (1) as an applied health economist and econometrician using big and complex data, utilising health economics theory and concepts to test the validity of causal hypotheses, (2) collaborator across all Faculties leading critical economic evaluations. Her research is funded by her position as chief investigator on projects from the Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council, EU H2020, Health Research Board, Ireland and the National Institute for Health Research, UK. She is the lead economist on projects in dementia, emergency care and paediatric care. All studies incorporate methodological innovations and applied research. She has provided advice to government at senior levels, including to the Minister for Health, via the Medical Services Advisory Committee Economic Sub-Committee since 2017. She sits regularly as a panel member of various NHMRC and MRFF grant review committees. She was recently invited to give a key note talk on ageing and longevity at the National Academy of Medicine, Global Roadmap to Healthy Longevity, in Washington DC, 2019.

Professor Gannon is an elected Professorial member of the Academic Board at UQ.

Featured ProjectsDuration
Home hearing and vision care to improve quality of life for people with dementia and carers(2023–2026)
Rotary International District Human Brain Global Grant PhD Scholarship(2021–2025)
Centre of Research Excellence on Women and Non-communicable Disease (CRE WaND): Prevention and Detection(2019–2024)

Implementing the Tailored Activity Program for people with dementia and their family living at home: i-TAP (Australia)

Unlocking Benefits from Digital Investments through Meaningful Use(2019–2022)
Threshold models in micro-econometrics with applications to empirical models of health (ARC Discovery Project administered by Curtin University of Technology)(2014–2017)