Associate Professor Craig Munns

Staff Specialist - Endocrinology
Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead

C29 - Children's Hospital Westmead
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9845 3200
F: +61 2 9845 3170

Research interests

Improving the bone health, physical abilities and quality of life of children with musculoskeletal disorders through innovative diagnostics and therapies.

Current national competitive grants*


Bisphosphonate Treatment of childhood femoral head avascular necrosis due to Perthes disease
Cowell C, Little D, Munns C, Foster B, Zacharin M
NHMRC Project Grant ($1,305,625 over 5 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008


  • Biggin, A., Briody, J., Ormshaw, E., Wong, K., Bennetts, B., Munns, C. (2014), Fracture during Intravenous Bisphosphonate Treatment in a Child with Osteogenesis Imperfecta: An Argument for a More Frequent, Low-Dose Treatment Regimen. Hormone Research in Paediatrics. 81(3), 204-210. [Abstract]
  • Bhatt, R., Hibbert, S., Munns, C. (2014), The use of bisphosphonates in children: review of the literature and guidelines for dental management. Australian Dental Journal. 59(1), 9-19. [Abstract]
  • Lazarus, S., McInerney-Leo, A., McKenzie, F., Baynam, G., Broley, S., Cavan, B., Munns, C., Pruijs, J., Sillence, D., Terhal, P., Pryce, K., Brown, M., Zankl, A., Thomas, G., Duncan, E. (2014), The IFITM5 mutation c.-14C > T results in an elongated transcript expressed in human bone; and causes varying phenotypic severity of osteogenesis imperfecta type V. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 15, 107. [Abstract]
  • Bishop, N., Arundel, P., Clark, E., Dimitri, P., Farr, J., Jones, G., Makitie, O., Munns, C., Shaw, N. (2014), Fracture Prediction and the Definition of Osteoporosis in Children and Adolescents: The ISCD 2013 Pediatric Official Positions. Journal of Clinical Densitometry. 17(2), 275-280. [Abstract]


  • Ooi, H., Briody, J., Biggin, A., Cowell, C., Munns, C. (2013), Intravenous Zoledronic Acid Given Every 6 Months in Childhood Osteoporosis. Hormone Research in Paediatrics. 80(3), 179-184. [Abstract]
  • Rana, M., Munns, C., Selvadurai, H., Briody, J., Craig, M. (2013), The Impact Of Dysglycaemia On Bone Mineral Accrual In Young People With Cystic Fibrosis. Clinical Endocrinology. 78(1), 36-42. [Abstract]
  • O'Keefe, K., Orr, R., Huang, P., Selvadurai, H., Cooper, P., Munns, C., Singh, M. (2013), The effect of whole body vibration exposure on muscle function in children with cystic fibrosis: a pilot efficacy trial. Journal of Clinical Medicine Research. 5(3), 205-216. [Abstract]
  • Alcausin, M., Briody, J., Pacey, V., Ault, J., McQuade, M., Bridge, C., Engelbert, R., Sillence, D., Munns, C. (2013), Intravenous Pamidronate Treatment in Children with Moderate-to-Severe Osteogenesis Imperfecta Started under Three Years of Age. Hormone Research in Paediatrics. 79(6), 333-340. [Abstract]
  • Padhye, B., Dalla-Pozza, L., Little, D., Munns, C. (2013), Use of Zoledronic Acid for Treatment of Chemotherapy Related Osteonecrosis in Children and Adolescents: A Retrospective Analysis. Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 60(9), 1539-1545. [Abstract]
  • Biggin, A., Briody, J., Ramjan, K., Middleton, A., Waugh, M., Munns, C. (2013), Evaluation of bone mineral density and morphology using pQCT in children after spinal cord injury. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 16(6), 391-397. [Abstract]
  • Paxton, G., Teale, G., Nowson, C., Mason, R., McGrath, J., Thompson, M., Siafarikas, A., Rodda, C., Munns, C. (2013), Vitamin D and health in pregnancy, infants, children and adolescents in Australia and New Zealand: a position statement. The Medical Journal of Australia. 198(3), 142-143. [Abstract]
  • Munns, C. (2013), Adolescent Bone Health. In: A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine. (pp.479-490).United States: World Scientific Publishing.
  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Adams, R., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2013), Exercise in children with joint hypermobility syndrome and knee pain: a randomised controlled trial comparing exercise into hypermobile versus neutral knee extension. Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal. 11(1), 30. [Abstract]


  • Ooi, H., Briody, J., McQuade, M., Munns, C. (2012), Zoledronic acid improves bone mineral density in paediatric spinal cord injury. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 27(7), 1536–1540. [Abstract]
  • Munns, C., Simm, P., Rodda, C., Garnett, S., Zacharin, M., Ward, L., Geddes, J., Cherian, S., Zurynski, Y., Cowell, C. (2012), Incidence of vitamin D deficiency rickets among Australian children: an Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit study. Medical Journal of Australia. 196(7), 466-468. [Abstract]
  • Wang, C., Dowling, J., North, K., Schroth, M., Sejersen, T., Shapiro, F., Bellini, J., Weiss, H., Guillet, M., Amburgey, K., Apkon, S., Bertini, E., Bonnemann, C., Clarke, N., Connolly, A., Estournet-Mathiaud, B., Fitzgerald, D., Florence, J., Gee, R., Gurgel-Giannetti, J., Glanzman, A., Hofmeister, B., Jungbluth, H., Koumbourlis, A., Laing, N., Main, M., Morrison, L., Munns, C., Rose, K., Schuler, P., Sewry, C., Storhaug, K., Vainzof, M., Yuan, N. (2012), Consensus statement on standard of care for congenital myopathies. Journal of Child Neurology. 27(3), 363-382. [Abstract]
  • Cho, Y., Tchan, M., Roy, B., Halliday, R., Wilson, M., Dutt, S., Siew, S., Munns, C., Howard, N. (2012), Recombinant Parathyroid Hormone Therapy for Severe Neonatal Hypoparathyroidism. Journal of Pediatrics. 160(2), 345-348. [Abstract]
  • Joseph, P., Hemmens, V., Munns, C. (2012), Stability of oral cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) liquid formulations in olive oil. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. 42(3), 213-217.


  • Simm, P., Johannesen, J., Briody, J., McQuade, M., Hsu, B., Bridge, C., Little, D., Cowell, C., Munns, C. (2011), Zoledronic acid improves bone mineral density, reduces bone turnover and improves skeletal architecture over 2years of treatment in children with secondary osteoporosis. Bone. 49(5), 939-943. [Abstract]
  • Rana, M., Munns, C., Selvadurai, H., Simonds, S., Cooper, P., Woodhead, H., Hameed, S., Verge, C., Lafferty, A., Crock, P., Craig, M. (2011), Increased detection of cystic-fibrosis-related diabetes in Australia. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 96(9), 823-826. [Abstract]
  • Isaacs, D., Tobin, B., Hamblin, J., Slaytor, E., Donaghue, K., Munns, C., Kilham, H. (2011), Managing ethically questionable parental requests: Growth suppression and manipulation of puberty. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 47(9), 581-584. [Abstract]
  • Bridge, P., Pocock, N., Nguyen, T., Munns, C., Cowell, C., Forwood, N., Thompson, M. (2011), Validation of Longitudinal DXA Changes in Body Composition From Pre- to Mid-Adolescence Using MRI as Reference. Journal of Clinical Densitometry. 14(3), 340-347. [Abstract]


  • Rana, M., Munns, C., Selvadurai, H., Donaghue, K., Craig, M. (2010), Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes in children-gaps in the evidence?. Nature reviews. Endocrinology. 6(7), 371-8. [Abstract]
  • Pacey, V., Nicholson, L., Adams, R., Munn, J., Munns, C. (2010), Generalized joint hypermobility and risk of lower limb joint injury during sport: a systematic review with meta-analysis. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 38(7), 1487-1497. [Abstract]
  • David-Vizcarra, G., Briody, J., Ault, J., Fietz, M., Fletcher, J., Savarirayan, R., Wilson, M., McGill, J., Edwards, M., Munns, C., Alcausin, M., Cathey, S., Sillence, D. (2010), The natural history and osteodystrophy of mucolipidosis types II and III. Journal of paediatrics and child health. 46(6), 316-22. [Abstract]
  • Simm, P., Briody, J., McQuade, M., Munns, C. (2010), The successful use of pamidronate in an 11 year old girl with complex regional pain syndrome; response to treatment demonstrated by serial peripheral quantitative computerised tomography (pQCT) scans. Bone. 46(0), 885-8. [Abstract]
  • Birke, O., Schindeler, A., Ramachandran, M., Cowell, C., Munns, C., Bellemore, M., Little, D. (2010), Preliminary experience with the combined use of recombinant bone morphogenetic protein and bisphosphonates in the treatment of congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia. Journal of Children's Orthopaedics. 4(6), 507–517.


  • Johannesen, J., Briody, J., McQuade, M., Little, D., Cowell, C., Munns, C. (2009), Systemic effects of zoledronic acid in children with traumatic femoral head avascular necrosis and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Bone. 45(5), 898-902. [Abstract]
  • Cross, S., Pozza, L., Munns, C. (2009), Hypercalcemia and osteoblastic lesions induced by 13-Cis-retinoic acid mimicking relapsed neuroblastoma. Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 53(4), 666-668. [Abstract]
  • Bridge, P., Pocock, N., Nguyen, T., Munns, C., Cowell, C., Thompson, M. (2009), Prediction of appendicular skeletal and fat mass in children: excellent concordance of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism. 22(9), 795-804. [Abstract]
  • Rauch, F., Munns, C., Land, C., Cheung, M., Glorieux, F. (2009), Risedronate in the treatment of mild pediatric osteogenesis imperfecta: a randomized placebo-controlled study. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 24(7), 1282-1289. [Abstract]
  • Benitez-Aguirre, P., Wood, N., Biesheuvel, C., Moreira, C., Munns, C. (2009), The natural history of vitamin D deficiency in African refugees living in Sydney. Medical Journal of Australia. 190(8), 426-428. [Abstract]
  • Ramjan, K., Roscioli, T., Rutsch, F., Sillence, D., Munns, C. (2009), Generalized arterial calcification of infancy: treatment with bisphosphonates. Nature Clinical Practice Endocrinology & Metabolism. 5(3), 167-172. [Abstract]
  • Tofts, L., Elliott, E., Munns, C., Pacey, V., Sillence, D. (2009), The differential diagnosis of children with joint hypermobility: a review of the literature. Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal. 7(0), 1. [Abstract]


  • Gleeson, H., Wiltshire, E., Briody, J., Hall, J., Chaitow, J., Sillence, D., Cowell, C., Munns, C. (2008), Childhood chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis: pamidronate therapy decreases pain and improves vertebral shape. The Journal of Rheumatology. 35(4), 707-712. [Abstract]
  • Waugh, M., Liu, A., Briody, J., Munns, C. (2008), Regional changes in bone mineral density following spinal cord injury in children. Developmental neurorehabilitation. 11(0), 51-9. [Abstract]
  • Rauch, F., Plotkin, H., DiMeglio, L., Engelbert, R., Henderson, R., Munns, C., Wenkert, D., Zeitler, P. (2008), Fracture prediction and the definition of osteoporosis in children and adolescents: the ISCD 2007 Pediatric Official Positions. Journal of clinical Densitometry. 11(1), 22-28. [Abstract]