Associate Professor Jennifer Stone

Started at UWA: 2013

Improving breast cancer detection to save lives

The people and the possibilities motivate me to do what I do. I believe that surrounding yourself with the best people will produce the best results – and not just academics and clinicians, but everyday people from whom to listen and learn.Associate Professor Jennifer Stone

Associate Professor Jennifer Stone is an epidemiologist and internationally recognised breast density research expert. Dr Stone is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Genetic Origins of Health and Disease at UWA, funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Her research aims to support accumulating evidence for the clinical use of measures of breast density to improve breast cancer screening.

Most recently, A/Professor Stone has worked to establish her own research team at UWA, leading several nationally funded grants investigating novel measures of breast density in young women. Through this research, she is also working to build upon the knowledge and awareness of breast density in the general population, the impact of breast density notification in Western Australia, and breast density in Western Australian Aboriginal women.

A/Professor Stone is involved with several national and international projects investigating the genetic determinants of breast density as a strong and highly heritable intermediate phenotype for breast cancer risk.

A/Professor Stone guest lectures for the following units:

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Received the Mavis Robertson Leadership Award, National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2017

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Awarded the Government of Western Australia’s New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Prize, 2014

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Received the Research Collaborative Award, UWA, 2014

Breast density matters in the detection of breast cancer



Associate Professor Stone has received competitive research funding from Cancer Australia, Cancer Council WA, the Raine Medical Research Foundation, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation. The details of recent grants can be found below.


Department of Health

  • BreastScreen WA Breast Density Survey
  • Stone, J., Saunders, C. & Thompson, S.

2017 – 2020

National Breast Cancer Foundation

  • Career Development Fellowship - Towards better breast screening for Australian women
  • Stone, J.

2015 – 2016

Cancer Australia

  • Mammographic density as a predictor of breast cancer risk and mortality in Western Australian Aboriginal women
  • Saunders, C., Thompson, S., Wylie, L., Stone, J. & Redfern, A.

National Breast Cancer Foundation

  • Pilot Study Grant - A Novel Method to Measure Breast Density in Young Women
  • Stone, J. & Sampson, D.


Royal Perth Hospital

  • The Effects of Rapid Weight Loss on Mammographic Density a Strong Predictor of Breast Cancer Risk
  • Stone, J., Hamdorf, J. & Saunders, C.


Breast Cancer Research Centre WA

  • Identifying Rare Genetic Variants Associated with Mammographic Density a Strong and Heritable Breast Cancer Risk Factor
  • Stone, J.

2012 – 2015

National Breast Cancer Foundation

  • Understanding Mammographic Density & Making it a Clinically Useful Predictor of Breast Cancer Risk
  • Stone, J.

More grants and publications.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – looking at Associate Professor Stone’s research into breast density

A/Professor Stone's latest projects

Contact Associate Professor Jennifer Stone