Dr Alex Stephens

BBioMedSci(Hons) MBiostat PhD
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
School of Public Health
Director of Research
Northern NSW Local Health District


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Biographical details

Alex Stephens is the Director of Research at Northern NSW Local Health District and Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the School of Public Health, The University of Sydney. Alex has a background in both molecular bioscience and biostatistics/epidemiology, and has research interests at the interface between the two. In his role as the Director of Research, Alex is involved in developing and coordinating a curriculum of research education for clinical and health services staff. Alex is also involved in establishing an ongoing program of support and resources for research in the District.

Alex also engages in research in public health and health services in collaboration with colleagues and academics from Universities, hospitals, Local Health Districts and the NSW Ministry of Health. Alex has expertise in the analysis of large, linked administrative datasets ("big data") using advanced statistical methods, and has strong skills in the design of epidemiological studies. Alex has worked on numerous projects including the epidemiology and health outcomes in early childhood of infants born preterm and early term; variation in life span and life expectancy across different socioeconomic classes; and health services research.

Research interests

Epidemiology in public health

Inequalities in health

Lifespan variation and life expectancy

Genetic basis of disease

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Stephens, A., Blyth, F., Gupta, L., Broome, R. (2018). Age and cause-of-death contributions to area socioeconomic, sex and remoteness differences in life expectancy in New South Wales, 2010�2012. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 42(2), 180-185. [More Information]
  • Powell, K., Carrozzi, A., Stephens, A., Tasevski, V., Morris, J., Ashton, A., Dona, A. (2018). Utility of metabolic profiling of serum in the diagnosis of pregnancy complications. Placenta, 66, 65-73. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Broome, R. (2017). Patterns of low acuity patient presentations to emergency departments in New South Wales, Australia. EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia, 29(3), 283-290. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Gupta, L., Thackway, S., Broome, R. (2017). Socioeconomic, remoteness and sex differences in life expectancy in New South Wales, Australia, 2001-2012: a population-based study. BMJ Open, 7(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Lain, S., Roberts, C., Bowen, J., Nassar, N. (2016). Association of Gestational Age and Severe Neonatal Morbidity with Mortality in Early Childhood. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 30(6), 583-593. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Lain, S., Roberts, C., Bowen, J., Nassar, N. (2016). Survival, Hospitalization, and Acute-Care Costs of Very and Moderate Preterm Infants in the First 6 Years of Life: A Population-Based Study. The Journal of Pediatrics, 169, 61-68.e3. [More Information]
  • Powell, K., Stephens, A., Ralph, S. (2015). Development of a potent melanoma vaccine capable of stimulating CD8+ T-cells independently of dendritic cells in a mouse model. Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy, 64(7), 861-872. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Bentley, J., Taylor, L., Arbuckle, S. (2015). Diagnosis of fetal growth restriction in perinatal deaths using brain to liver weight ratios. Pathology, 47(1), 51-57. [More Information]
  • Spokes, P., Rosewell, A., Stephens, A., McAnulty, J. (2014). A state-wide information campaign during a pertussis epidemic in New South Wales, 2010. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 38(3), E201-E207.
  • Stephens, A., Toson, B., Close, J. (2014). Current and future burden of incident hip fractures in New South Wales, Australia. Archives of Osteoporosis, 9(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Rouf, R., Stephens, A., Spaan, L., Arndt, N., Day, C., May, T., Tiralongo, E., Tiralongo, J. (2014). G2/M cell cycle arrest by an N-acetyl-D-glucosamine specific lectin from Psathyrella asperospora. Glycoconjugate Journal, 31(1), 61-70. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Morrison, N. (2014). Novel target genes of RUNX2 transcription factor and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. Journal Of Cellular Biochemistry, 115(9), 1594-1608. [More Information]
  • Maggioni, A., von Itzstein, M., Rodriguez Guzman, I., Ashikov, A., Stephens, A., Haselhorst, T., Tiralongo, J. (2013). Characterisation of CMP-sialic acid transporter substrate recognition. ChemBioChem, 14(15), 1936-1942. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Purdie, S., Yang, B., Moore, H. (2013). Life expectancy estimation in small administrative areas with non-uniform population sizes: application to Australian New South Wales local government areas. BMJ Open, 3(12), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Morrison, N., Stephens, A., Osato, M., Pasco, J., Fozzard, N., Stein, G., Polly, P., Griffiths, L., Nicholson, G. (2013). Polyalanine repeat polymorphism in RUNX2 is associated with site-specific fracture in post-menopausal females. PloS One, 8(9), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Stephens, S., Morrison, N. (2011). Internal control genes for quantitative RT-PCR expression analysis in mouse osteoblasts, osteoclasts and macrophages. BMC Research Notes, 4, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Stephens, S., Hobbs, C., Hutmacher, D., Bacic-Welsh, D., Woodruff, M., Morrison, N. (2011). Myocyte enhancer factor 2c, an osteoblast transcription factor identified by dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)-enhanced mineralization. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286(34), 30071-30086. [More Information]
  • Kidd, L., Stephens, A., Kuliwaba, J., Fazzalari, N., Wu, A., Forwood, M. (2010). Temporal pattern of gene expression and histology of stress fracture healing. Bone, 46(2), 369-378. [More Information]

2018

  • Stephens, A., Blyth, F., Gupta, L., Broome, R. (2018). Age and cause-of-death contributions to area socioeconomic, sex and remoteness differences in life expectancy in New South Wales, 2010�2012. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 42(2), 180-185. [More Information]
  • Powell, K., Carrozzi, A., Stephens, A., Tasevski, V., Morris, J., Ashton, A., Dona, A. (2018). Utility of metabolic profiling of serum in the diagnosis of pregnancy complications. Placenta, 66, 65-73. [More Information]

2017

  • Stephens, A., Broome, R. (2017). Patterns of low acuity patient presentations to emergency departments in New South Wales, Australia. EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia, 29(3), 283-290. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Gupta, L., Thackway, S., Broome, R. (2017). Socioeconomic, remoteness and sex differences in life expectancy in New South Wales, Australia, 2001-2012: a population-based study. BMJ Open, 7(1), 1-8. [More Information]

2016

  • Stephens, A., Lain, S., Roberts, C., Bowen, J., Nassar, N. (2016). Association of Gestational Age and Severe Neonatal Morbidity with Mortality in Early Childhood. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 30(6), 583-593. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Lain, S., Roberts, C., Bowen, J., Nassar, N. (2016). Survival, Hospitalization, and Acute-Care Costs of Very and Moderate Preterm Infants in the First 6 Years of Life: A Population-Based Study. The Journal of Pediatrics, 169, 61-68.e3. [More Information]

2015

  • Powell, K., Stephens, A., Ralph, S. (2015). Development of a potent melanoma vaccine capable of stimulating CD8+ T-cells independently of dendritic cells in a mouse model. Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy, 64(7), 861-872. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Bentley, J., Taylor, L., Arbuckle, S. (2015). Diagnosis of fetal growth restriction in perinatal deaths using brain to liver weight ratios. Pathology, 47(1), 51-57. [More Information]

2014

  • Spokes, P., Rosewell, A., Stephens, A., McAnulty, J. (2014). A state-wide information campaign during a pertussis epidemic in New South Wales, 2010. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 38(3), E201-E207.
  • Stephens, A., Toson, B., Close, J. (2014). Current and future burden of incident hip fractures in New South Wales, Australia. Archives of Osteoporosis, 9(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Rouf, R., Stephens, A., Spaan, L., Arndt, N., Day, C., May, T., Tiralongo, E., Tiralongo, J. (2014). G2/M cell cycle arrest by an N-acetyl-D-glucosamine specific lectin from Psathyrella asperospora. Glycoconjugate Journal, 31(1), 61-70. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Morrison, N. (2014). Novel target genes of RUNX2 transcription factor and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. Journal Of Cellular Biochemistry, 115(9), 1594-1608. [More Information]

2013

  • Maggioni, A., von Itzstein, M., Rodriguez Guzman, I., Ashikov, A., Stephens, A., Haselhorst, T., Tiralongo, J. (2013). Characterisation of CMP-sialic acid transporter substrate recognition. ChemBioChem, 14(15), 1936-1942. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Purdie, S., Yang, B., Moore, H. (2013). Life expectancy estimation in small administrative areas with non-uniform population sizes: application to Australian New South Wales local government areas. BMJ Open, 3(12), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Morrison, N., Stephens, A., Osato, M., Pasco, J., Fozzard, N., Stein, G., Polly, P., Griffiths, L., Nicholson, G. (2013). Polyalanine repeat polymorphism in RUNX2 is associated with site-specific fracture in post-menopausal females. PloS One, 8(9), 1-8. [More Information]

2011

  • Stephens, A., Stephens, S., Morrison, N. (2011). Internal control genes for quantitative RT-PCR expression analysis in mouse osteoblasts, osteoclasts and macrophages. BMC Research Notes, 4, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Stephens, A., Stephens, S., Hobbs, C., Hutmacher, D., Bacic-Welsh, D., Woodruff, M., Morrison, N. (2011). Myocyte enhancer factor 2c, an osteoblast transcription factor identified by dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)-enhanced mineralization. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286(34), 30071-30086. [More Information]

2010

  • Kidd, L., Stephens, A., Kuliwaba, J., Fazzalari, N., Wu, A., Forwood, M. (2010). Temporal pattern of gene expression and histology of stress fracture healing. Bone, 46(2), 369-378. [More Information]

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