Last updated on: 2/28/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Nigel Dickson, MD Biography

Title:
Director & Researcher of the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago Medical School in Dunedin
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“These findings show that much same-sex attraction is not exclusive and is unstable in early adulthood, especially among women. The proportion of women reporting some same-sex attraction in New Zealand is high compared both to men, and to women in the UK and US.

These observations, along with the variation with education, are consistent with a large role for the social environment in the acknowledgement of same-sex attraction. The smaller group with major same-sex attraction, which changed less over time, and did not differ by education, is consistent with a basic biological dimension to sexual attraction.

Overall these findings argue against any single explanation for homosexual attraction.”

“Same-Sex Attraction in a Birth Cohort: Prevalence and Persistence in Early Adulthood,” Social Science & Medicine, Apr. 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director and Researcher, AIDS Epidemiology Group, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago Medical School in Dunedin, 1990-present
  • Senior Lecturer & Co-Director of the New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit at the University of Otago Medical School in Dunedin
  • Principal Investigator in Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study
  • Specialist Paediatrician, New Zealand, 1983-present
  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM), 1994
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP)
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
Education:
  • Postgraduate Training, Epidemiology, London, 1986
  • MD, School unknown, 1975
  • MB, (Bachelor of Medicine), School unknown
  • BS, School unknown
Other:
  • Research interests:
  • National surveillance of HIV infection and AIDS, through the notification process of AIDS, voluntary reporting of HIV infection, and special prevalence surveys of HIV infection.
  • Studies of sexual and reproductive health among the cohort enrolled in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study.
  • Surveillance of uncommon childhood conditions through the New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit.
Quoted in:
  1. What is the Prevalence of People with Same-Sex Attraction?