Dr Seema Mihrshahi

Senior Research Fellow
Public Health, School of Public Health

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Biographical details

Seema has recently been appointed as a Senior Research Fellow in the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Research Group (PANORG) based within the Prevention Research Collaboration at the School of Public Health. Her current research interests focus on population-based approaches to prevention of overweight and obesity in children and adults, effective monitoring and surveillance strategies, and program evaluation.

As part of her background in nutritional epidemiology she has been involved in projects that focus on malnutrition – both over and under nutrition in developing country contexts particularly related to the nutrition of women and children. She has participated in research projects in India, Vietnam, Thailand and Bangladesh. She is currently one of the Chief Investigators of the NH&MRC funded Mirpur Shishu Pushti Project in Bangladesh. The project is testing an extended peer counselling intervention to improve the prevalence of breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding practices and reduce rates of malnutrition in infants and children in urban Dhaka.

Seema is a founding member of the South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN) funded by AusAID. SAIFRN seeks to improve infant and young child feeding practices and reduce infant mortality in the South Asian region.

Seema’s previous roles were as Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Queensland, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Monash University, The University of Melbourne and previous to that at the University of Sydney and The George Institute for International Health Research.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Forrester, M., Srinivasan, J., Mihrshahi, S., Waugh, M., O'Flaherty, S., Rice, J., Graham, K., Scheinberg, A. (2012). Conscious sedation or general anaesthetic for intramuscular botulinum toxin injections in children - A two centre cross-sectional prospective audit. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 16, 215-217. [More Information]
  • Iqbal Kabir, A., Khanam, M., Agho, K., Mihrshahi, S., Dibley, M., Roy, S. (2012). Determinants of inappropriate complementary feeding practices in infant and young children in Bangladesh: secondary data analysis of Demographic Health Survey 2007. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 8(Suppl 1), 11-27. [More Information]
  • Daniels, L., Wilson, J., Mallan, K., Mihrshahi, S., Perry, R., Nicholson, J., Magarey, A. (2012). Recruiting and engaging new mothers in nutrition research studies: lessons from the Australian NOURISH randomised controlled trial. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9, 129- 1-129- 11. [More Information]
  • Mihrshahi, S., Battistutta, D., Magarey, A., Daniels, L. (2011). Determinants of rapid weight gain during infancy: baseline results from the NOURISH randomised controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics, 11(Article number 99), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Dibley, M., Roy, S., Senarath, U., Patel, A., Tiwari, K., Agho, K., Mihrshahi, S. (2010). Across-country comparisons of selected infant and young child feeding indicators and associated factors in four South Asian countries. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31(2), 366-375. [More Information]
  • Mihrshahi, S., Kabir, I., Roy, S., Agho, K., Senarath, U., Dibley, M. (2010). Determinants of infant and young child feeding practices in Bangladesh: Secondary data analysis of Demographic and Health Survey 2004. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31(2), 295-313.
  • Dibley, M., Mihrshahi, S., Kabir, I., Roy, S. (2010). Determinants of infant and young child feeding practices in Bangladesh: secondary data analysis of Demographic and Health Survey 2004. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31(2), 295-313.
  • Askie, L., Baur, L., Campbell, K., Daniels, L., Hesketh, K., Magarey, A., Mihrshahi, S., Rissel, C., Simes, R., Taylor, B., Voysey, M., et al (2010). The Early Prevention of Obesity in CHildren (EPOCH) Collaboration - an Individual Patient Data Prospective Meta-Analysis. BMC Public Health, 10, 728-1-728-8. [More Information]
  • Mihrshahi, S., Brand, C., Ibrahim, J., Evans, S., Jolley, D., Cameron, P. (2010). Validity of the indicator 'death in low-mortality diagnosis-related groups' for measuring patient safety and healthcare quality in hospitals. Internal Medicine Journal, 40(4), 250-257. [More Information]
  • Mihrshahi, S., Webb, K., Almqvist, C., Kemp, A. (2008). Adherence to allergy prevention recommendations in children with a family history of asthma. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 19, 355-362. [More Information]
  • Almqvist, C., Garden, F., Xuan, W., Mihrshahi, S., Leeder, S., Oddy, W., Webb, K., Marks, G. (2007). Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid exposure from early life does not affect atopy and asthma at age 5 years. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 119(6), 1438-1444. [More Information]
  • Almqvist, C., Garden, F., Xuan, W., Mihrshahi, S., Leeder, S., Oddy, W., Webb, K., Marks, G. (2007). Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid exposure from early life does not affect atopy and asthma at age 5 years. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 119(6), 1438-1444. [More Information]
  • Mihrshahi, S., Ichikawa, N., Shuaib, M., Oddy, W., Ampon, R., Dibley, M., Iqbal Kabir, A., Peat, J. (2007). Prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding in Bangladesh and its association with diarrhoea and acute respiratory infection: Results of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey. Journal of Health Population and Nutrition, 25(2), 195-204. [More Information]
  • Mihrshahi, S., Ampon, R., Webb, K., Almqvist, C., Kemp, A., Hector, D., Marks, G. (2007). The association between infant feeding practices and subsequent atopy among children with a family history of asthma. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. [More Information]
  • Marks, G., Mihrshahi, S., Kemp, A., Tovey, E., Webb, K., Almqvist, C., Ampon, R., Crisafulli, D., Belousova, E., Mellis, C., Peat, J., Leeder, S. (2006). Prevention of asthma during the first 5 years of life: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 118(1), 53-61. [More Information]
  • Almqvist, C., Garden, F., Kemp, A., Mihrshahi, S., Tovey, E., Xuan, W., Marks, G. (2006). The cat's grin is the same if it lives only outdoors. Respirology, 11(S2), A34.
  • Webb, K., Rutishauser, I., Katz, T., Knezevic, N., Lahti-Koski, M., Peat, J., Mihrshahi, S. (2005). Meat consumption among 18 month old Australian children participating in the CAPS study. Nutrition and Dietetics, 62(1), 12-20.
  • Peat, J., Mihrshahi, S., Ampon, R., Tovey, E., Marks, G., Mellis, C. (2004). Effect of Allergen Concentrations on Symptoms of Asthma at 18 months. Pediatric Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, 17(4), 237-243.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Webb, K., Oddy, W., Marks, G., Mellis, C. (2004). Effect Of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Concentrations In Plasma On Symptoms Of Asthma At 18 Months Of Age. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 15(6), 517-522.
  • Peat, J., Allen, J., Nguyen, N., Hayen, A., Oddy, W., Mihrshahi, S. (2004). Motherhood meets epidemiology: measuring risk factors for breast-feeding cessation. Public Health Nutrition, 7(8), 1033-1037.
  • Oddy, W., de Klerk, N., Kendall, G., Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J. (2004). Ratio Of Omega-6 To Omega-3 Fatty Acids And Childhood Asthma. Journal of Asthma, 41(3), 319-326.
  • Peat, J., Mihrshahi, S., Kemp, A., Marks, G., Tovey, E., Webb, K., Mellis, C., Leeder, S. (2004). Three-Year Outcomes Of Dietary Fatty Acid Modification And House Dust Mite Reduction In The Childhood Asthma Prevention Study. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 114(4), 807-813. [More Information]
  • Crisafulli, D., Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Tovey, E. (2003). Effectiveness of an intervention to reduce house dust mite allergen in children’s beds over three years. Respirology, 9(S2), A5.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Marks, G., Criss, S., Tovey, E., Vanlaar, C., Peat, J. (2003). Effectiveness of an intervention to reduce house dust mite allergen levels in children's beds. Allergy, 58(8), 784-789.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Marks, G., Mellis, C., Tovey, E., Webb, K., Britton, W., Leeder, S. (2003). Eighteen-month outcomes of house dust mite avoidance and dietary fatty acid modification in the Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (CAPS). Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 111(1), 162-168. [More Information]
  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Webb, K., Tovey, E., Mellis, C., Leeder, S. (2003). Plasma Omega-3 fatty acid levels and asthma in 18-month-old infants in the CAPS study: an 'as treated' analysis. Respirology, 8(S2), A31.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Belousova, E., Marks, G., Peat, J. (2003). Pregnancy and birth outcomes in families with asthma. Journal of Asthma, 40(2), 181-187.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Vukasin, N., Forbes, S., Wainwright, C., Krause, W., Ampon, R., Mellis, C., Marks, G., Peat, J. (2002). Are you busy for the next 5 years? Recruitment in the Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (CAPS). Respirology, 7(2), 147-151.
  • Marks, G., Mihrshahi, S., Mellis, C., Webb, K., Tovey, E., Leeder, S. (2002). Effects of house dust mite avoidance and dietary fatty acid modification during the first 18 months of life. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 165(8), A244.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Marks, G., Vanlaar, C., Tovey, E., Peat, J. (2002). Predictors of high house dust mite allergen concentrations in residential homes in Sydney. Allergy, 57(2), 137-142.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Webb, K., Tovey, E., Marks, G., Mellis, C., Leeder, S. (2001). The childhood asthma prevention study (CAPS): design and research protocol of a randomized trial for the primary prevention of asthma. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 22(3), 333-354.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Webb, K., Tovey, E., Marks, G., Mellis, C., Leeder, S. (2001). The Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (CAPS): Design and research protocol of a randomized trial for the primary prevention of asthma. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 22, 333-354.

Conferences

  • Marks, G., Mihrshahi, S., Kemp, A., Tovey, E., Webb, K., Almqvist, C., Ampon, R., Crisafulli, D., Belousova, E., Mellis, C., Peat, J., Leeder, S. (2007). Prevention of asthma during the first five years of life: a randomised controlled trial of house dust mit avoidance and dietary fatty acid modification. 17th ASCIA Annual Scientific Meeting, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Almqvist, C., Garden, F., Kemp, A., Li, J., Mihrshahi, S., Tovey, E., Xuan, W., Marks, G. (2006). Cat ownership decreases the risk of atopy in children in a cohort without disease-related modification of exposure. 17th ASCIA Annual Scientific Meeting, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Marks, G., Webb, K., Tovey, E., Mellis, C., Leeder, S. (2002). Effects of house dust mite reduction and dietary Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation from birth on atopy and wheeze in 18-month-old children. Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, 54 University St,P O Box 378, Carlton, Australia, 3053: Blackwell Publishers.

2012

  • Forrester, M., Srinivasan, J., Mihrshahi, S., Waugh, M., O'Flaherty, S., Rice, J., Graham, K., Scheinberg, A. (2012). Conscious sedation or general anaesthetic for intramuscular botulinum toxin injections in children - A two centre cross-sectional prospective audit. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 16, 215-217. [More Information]
  • Iqbal Kabir, A., Khanam, M., Agho, K., Mihrshahi, S., Dibley, M., Roy, S. (2012). Determinants of inappropriate complementary feeding practices in infant and young children in Bangladesh: secondary data analysis of Demographic Health Survey 2007. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 8(Suppl 1), 11-27. [More Information]
  • Daniels, L., Wilson, J., Mallan, K., Mihrshahi, S., Perry, R., Nicholson, J., Magarey, A. (2012). Recruiting and engaging new mothers in nutrition research studies: lessons from the Australian NOURISH randomised controlled trial. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9, 129- 1-129- 11. [More Information]

2011

  • Mihrshahi, S., Battistutta, D., Magarey, A., Daniels, L. (2011). Determinants of rapid weight gain during infancy: baseline results from the NOURISH randomised controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics, 11(Article number 99), 1-8. [More Information]

2010

  • Dibley, M., Roy, S., Senarath, U., Patel, A., Tiwari, K., Agho, K., Mihrshahi, S. (2010). Across-country comparisons of selected infant and young child feeding indicators and associated factors in four South Asian countries. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31(2), 366-375. [More Information]
  • Mihrshahi, S., Kabir, I., Roy, S., Agho, K., Senarath, U., Dibley, M. (2010). Determinants of infant and young child feeding practices in Bangladesh: Secondary data analysis of Demographic and Health Survey 2004. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31(2), 295-313.
  • Dibley, M., Mihrshahi, S., Kabir, I., Roy, S. (2010). Determinants of infant and young child feeding practices in Bangladesh: secondary data analysis of Demographic and Health Survey 2004. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31(2), 295-313.
  • Askie, L., Baur, L., Campbell, K., Daniels, L., Hesketh, K., Magarey, A., Mihrshahi, S., Rissel, C., Simes, R., Taylor, B., Voysey, M., et al (2010). The Early Prevention of Obesity in CHildren (EPOCH) Collaboration - an Individual Patient Data Prospective Meta-Analysis. BMC Public Health, 10, 728-1-728-8. [More Information]
  • Mihrshahi, S., Brand, C., Ibrahim, J., Evans, S., Jolley, D., Cameron, P. (2010). Validity of the indicator 'death in low-mortality diagnosis-related groups' for measuring patient safety and healthcare quality in hospitals. Internal Medicine Journal, 40(4), 250-257. [More Information]

2008

  • Mihrshahi, S., Webb, K., Almqvist, C., Kemp, A. (2008). Adherence to allergy prevention recommendations in children with a family history of asthma. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 19, 355-362. [More Information]

2007

  • Almqvist, C., Garden, F., Xuan, W., Mihrshahi, S., Leeder, S., Oddy, W., Webb, K., Marks, G. (2007). Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid exposure from early life does not affect atopy and asthma at age 5 years. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 119(6), 1438-1444. [More Information]
  • Almqvist, C., Garden, F., Xuan, W., Mihrshahi, S., Leeder, S., Oddy, W., Webb, K., Marks, G. (2007). Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid exposure from early life does not affect atopy and asthma at age 5 years. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 119(6), 1438-1444. [More Information]
  • Mihrshahi, S., Ichikawa, N., Shuaib, M., Oddy, W., Ampon, R., Dibley, M., Iqbal Kabir, A., Peat, J. (2007). Prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding in Bangladesh and its association with diarrhoea and acute respiratory infection: Results of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey. Journal of Health Population and Nutrition, 25(2), 195-204. [More Information]
  • Marks, G., Mihrshahi, S., Kemp, A., Tovey, E., Webb, K., Almqvist, C., Ampon, R., Crisafulli, D., Belousova, E., Mellis, C., Peat, J., Leeder, S. (2007). Prevention of asthma during the first five years of life: a randomised controlled trial of house dust mit avoidance and dietary fatty acid modification. 17th ASCIA Annual Scientific Meeting, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Ampon, R., Webb, K., Almqvist, C., Kemp, A., Hector, D., Marks, G. (2007). The association between infant feeding practices and subsequent atopy among children with a family history of asthma. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. [More Information]

2006

  • Almqvist, C., Garden, F., Kemp, A., Li, J., Mihrshahi, S., Tovey, E., Xuan, W., Marks, G. (2006). Cat ownership decreases the risk of atopy in children in a cohort without disease-related modification of exposure. 17th ASCIA Annual Scientific Meeting, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Marks, G., Mihrshahi, S., Kemp, A., Tovey, E., Webb, K., Almqvist, C., Ampon, R., Crisafulli, D., Belousova, E., Mellis, C., Peat, J., Leeder, S. (2006). Prevention of asthma during the first 5 years of life: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 118(1), 53-61. [More Information]
  • Almqvist, C., Garden, F., Kemp, A., Mihrshahi, S., Tovey, E., Xuan, W., Marks, G. (2006). The cat's grin is the same if it lives only outdoors. Respirology, 11(S2), A34.

2005

  • Webb, K., Rutishauser, I., Katz, T., Knezevic, N., Lahti-Koski, M., Peat, J., Mihrshahi, S. (2005). Meat consumption among 18 month old Australian children participating in the CAPS study. Nutrition and Dietetics, 62(1), 12-20.

2004

  • Peat, J., Mihrshahi, S., Ampon, R., Tovey, E., Marks, G., Mellis, C. (2004). Effect of Allergen Concentrations on Symptoms of Asthma at 18 months. Pediatric Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, 17(4), 237-243.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Webb, K., Oddy, W., Marks, G., Mellis, C. (2004). Effect Of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Concentrations In Plasma On Symptoms Of Asthma At 18 Months Of Age. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 15(6), 517-522.
  • Peat, J., Allen, J., Nguyen, N., Hayen, A., Oddy, W., Mihrshahi, S. (2004). Motherhood meets epidemiology: measuring risk factors for breast-feeding cessation. Public Health Nutrition, 7(8), 1033-1037.
  • Oddy, W., de Klerk, N., Kendall, G., Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J. (2004). Ratio Of Omega-6 To Omega-3 Fatty Acids And Childhood Asthma. Journal of Asthma, 41(3), 319-326.
  • Peat, J., Mihrshahi, S., Kemp, A., Marks, G., Tovey, E., Webb, K., Mellis, C., Leeder, S. (2004). Three-Year Outcomes Of Dietary Fatty Acid Modification And House Dust Mite Reduction In The Childhood Asthma Prevention Study. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 114(4), 807-813. [More Information]

2003

  • Crisafulli, D., Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Tovey, E. (2003). Effectiveness of an intervention to reduce house dust mite allergen in children’s beds over three years. Respirology, 9(S2), A5.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Marks, G., Criss, S., Tovey, E., Vanlaar, C., Peat, J. (2003). Effectiveness of an intervention to reduce house dust mite allergen levels in children's beds. Allergy, 58(8), 784-789.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Marks, G., Mellis, C., Tovey, E., Webb, K., Britton, W., Leeder, S. (2003). Eighteen-month outcomes of house dust mite avoidance and dietary fatty acid modification in the Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (CAPS). Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 111(1), 162-168. [More Information]
  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Webb, K., Tovey, E., Mellis, C., Leeder, S. (2003). Plasma Omega-3 fatty acid levels and asthma in 18-month-old infants in the CAPS study: an 'as treated' analysis. Respirology, 8(S2), A31.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Belousova, E., Marks, G., Peat, J. (2003). Pregnancy and birth outcomes in families with asthma. Journal of Asthma, 40(2), 181-187.

2002

  • Mihrshahi, S., Vukasin, N., Forbes, S., Wainwright, C., Krause, W., Ampon, R., Mellis, C., Marks, G., Peat, J. (2002). Are you busy for the next 5 years? Recruitment in the Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (CAPS). Respirology, 7(2), 147-151.
  • Marks, G., Mihrshahi, S., Mellis, C., Webb, K., Tovey, E., Leeder, S. (2002). Effects of house dust mite avoidance and dietary fatty acid modification during the first 18 months of life. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 165(8), A244.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Marks, G., Webb, K., Tovey, E., Mellis, C., Leeder, S. (2002). Effects of house dust mite reduction and dietary Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation from birth on atopy and wheeze in 18-month-old children. Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, 54 University St,P O Box 378, Carlton, Australia, 3053: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Marks, G., Vanlaar, C., Tovey, E., Peat, J. (2002). Predictors of high house dust mite allergen concentrations in residential homes in Sydney. Allergy, 57(2), 137-142.

2001

  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Webb, K., Tovey, E., Marks, G., Mellis, C., Leeder, S. (2001). The childhood asthma prevention study (CAPS): design and research protocol of a randomized trial for the primary prevention of asthma. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 22(3), 333-354.
  • Mihrshahi, S., Peat, J., Webb, K., Tovey, E., Marks, G., Mellis, C., Leeder, S. (2001). The Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (CAPS): Design and research protocol of a randomized trial for the primary prevention of asthma. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 22, 333-354.

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