Charles Perkins Centre

Public Health expertise

The University is committed to building on its strong academic and research credentials in the areas of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by bringing together this unique research collaboration across all of its disciplines. The work of the centre will work in tandem with the medical research institutes affiliated with the University, and collaborate interstate and internationally with leading research universities, institutes and centres

The School of Public Health has many research clusters and individuals whose work will be of direct relevance to the scope of what the CODCD is interested in.

Below is a summary of individuals whose research focus is either directly or indirectly contributing to research in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A more detailed profile for each of the individuals listed below is available from the School, upon request, including information on grants and publications.

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

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Name: Lisa Askie PhD MPH BN
Position: Senior Research Fellow; Director, Systematic Reviews Health Technology Assessment
School, Department, Centre: NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Address: Level 6, Medical Foundation Building
Email: laskie@ctc.usyd.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): systematic reviews, clinical trials, prospective trial registration, evidence based medicine
Keywords: childhood obesity; reproductive, maternal and child health; systematic reviews; clinical trials; individual participant data; prospective meta-analyses
Databases: The Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) (approx 6000 registered trials) www.anzctr.org.au
Research networks and affiliations: The Early Prevention of Obesity in CHildren (EPOCH) Collaboration; The Neonatal Oxygenation Prospective Meta-Analysis (NeOProM) Collaboration; The Meta Analysis of Preterm Patients on inhaled Nitric Oxide (MAPPiNO) Collaboration; The Prevention of Ventilation Induced Lung Injury (PreVILIG) Group
Summary of research experience: 64 original articles, letters and abstracts in peer reviewed journals; 41 guest lectures/invited presentations; 1 book chapter, principally in the fields of reproductive, maternal and child health.
Awards: NHMRC Career Development Fellowship Award (2009); University of Sydney Research Establishment Award (2009); Academic Development Scheme Award, School of Public Health, University of Sydney (2007); CASS (Contributing to Australian Scholarship and Science) Foundation Postdoctoral Travel Award (2004); Kings College London, Menzies Centre, Australian Bicentennial Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2003); NHMRC Sidney Sax Public Health Postdoctoral Fellowship (Oxford, Sydney)(2003); International Clinical Trials Symposium, Best Oral Presentation Award (2002).
Recent and current research interests: prevention of childhood obesity; oxygen saturation targeting in extremely preterm infants; methods needed to improve the quality and transparency of research evidence via clinical trials, systematic reviews, individual patient data and prospective meta-analysis and prospective trial registration.
Potential interests: Do interventions implemented in the first year of life prevent childhood obesity?

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Name: Louise Baur AM, MBBS, BSc(Med), PhD, FRACP
Position: Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health AND Sydney School of Public Health
School, Department, Centre: CHW Clinical School; AND Prevention Research Collaboration, Sydney School of Public Health
Address: CHW Clinical School, Locked Bag 4001, Westmead NSW 2145 (also, C29)
Email:
Primary discipline(s): paediatrics, clinical nutrition, obesity, pre-diabetes
Keywords: obesity, child, adolescent, pre-diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity treatment, obesity prevention, public health nutrition, health service delivery aspects of obesity
Research networks and affiliations: The Australasian Child & Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN) (http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/acaorn/); the Early Prevention of Obesity in CHildhood (EPOCH) Prospective Meta-analysis Collaboration
Summary of research experience: 210 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 12 major reports and books; 11 book chapters, principally in the fields of obesity (causes, complications, treatment or prevention), pre-diabetes, physical activity or clinical nutrition.
Potential interests: Many aspects of CODCD work, including:
How can a preconception birth cohort be used to answer important questions about obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease? What are effective community-based treatments for child & adolescent obesity? How can they be implemented in community settings? How can new media help in managing or preventing obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease? How do poverty and social inequity influence chronic disease? What does a healthy environment look like for a child or young person?

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Name: Stacy Carter PhD MPH(Hons)
Position: Senior Lecturer
School, Department, Centre: Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, School of Public Health
Address: Medical Foundation Building K25
Email:
Primary discipline(s): ethics, social science
Keywords: public health ethics, health promotion ethics, overweight and obesity, qualitative methodology, grounded theory, ethnography, case studies
Research networks and affiliations: Public Health Ethics research program http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/velim/research/publichealthethics.php; Qualitative Health Research Collaboration http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/public-health/research/qherc/index.php
Summary of research experience: Stacy has led and contributed to many NHMRC-funded projects, and has published on problems including weight, tobacco control, health promotion, direct to consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals and screening (http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/carters.php). She has authored key articles in qualitative methodology (e.g. http://qhr.sagepub.com/content/17/10/1316.abstract), and founded the Sydney Qualitative Health Research coursework program, which provides formal training in qualitative health research: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/public-health/future-student/study-program/coursework-degrees/qualitative-health-research.php.
Awards: NHMRC Career Development Fellowship, The Ethics of prevention and health promotion, 2012-2015. National Drug and Alcohol Awards, Excellence in Research Award, Highly Commended 2011 (AI). University of Sydney Thompson Fellowship 2011. Australian Postgraduate Award 2001-2004.
Recent and current research interests: Stacy leads the Sydney public health ethics research program, and conducts empirical public health ethics projects. She is particularly focused on the ethics of intervening in weight in populations, the ethics of screening, and the ethics of health promotion. She continues to write methodology.

Name: Alan Cass MBBS, BA, FRACP, PhD
Position: Senior Director, Professor in Medicine
School, Department, Centre: George Institute for Global Health, Renal and Metabolic Division
Address: The George Institute for Global Health, PO Box M201, Missenden Rd NSW 2050
Email:
Primary discipline(s): clinical research, population health, Aboriginal health research
Keywords: chronic kidney disease; vascular risk; clinical trials; health services research; Aboriginal health; mixed methods research
Databases: A range of relevant clinical trial and qualitative databases are housed at the George Institute for Global Health
Research networks and affiliations: Kanyini Vascular Collaboration http://www.kvc.org.au; Australasian Kidney Trials Network http://www.aktn.org.au;
Summary of research experience: More than 100 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 25 major reports and 5 book chapters; principally in the fields of chronic kidney disease, chronic vascular disease, Aboriginal health, health service planning and policy
Recent and current research interests: Generating rigorous evidence to address chronic vascular and metabolic diseases; mixed methods research aiming to improve health service delivery; cross-cultural communication in health; exploring the burden and impact of chronic disease on families and communities.
Potential interests: Cross-disciplinary approaches to reducing the burden of chronic disease amongst Indigenous peoples; developing innovative models of care to address chronic disease in resource-poor settings.


Name: Simon Chapman PhD FASSA
Position: Professor in Public Health
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: Edward Ford Building, room 320b
Email:
Primary discipline(s): medical sociology, mass communications
Keywords: tobacco control; public health advocacy; Web 2.0 media; media studies; research influence on public health policy.
Databases: The Australian Health News Research Collaboration (approx 30,000 digital television news items on health) http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/public-health/AHNRC/
Research networks and affiliations: The Australia Health News Research Collaboration; Global Tobacco Control Network (http://www.facebook.com/groups/GlobalTobacco/)
Summary of research experience: 435 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 17 books and major reports; 20 book chapters, principally in the fields of tobacco control, news media coverage of health and illness, risk communication and research dissemination.
Awards: World Health Organisation's World No Tobacco Day Medal (1997); American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Award for outstanding individual leadership in tobacco control (2003); Thoracic Society of Australia President’s medal (2006); NSW Premier’s Cancer Researcher of the Year (2008); Public Health Association of Australia’s Sidney Sax medal (2008).
Recent and current research interests: population focussed tobacco control policy and programs; how health and medical issues are covered in news media; the study of public health advocacy and health policy influence; risk communication; the implications for public health of web 2.0 technology; and characteristics of public health research (and its dissemination) which impact on public health policy.
Potential interests: How can private sector industries (eg: food, leisure, transport, built environment) and public sector interests (researchers, NGOs, governments) best collaborate to reduce the burden of chronic disease?

Name: Ruth Colagiuri RN, CDE, BEd, Grad Cert Health Policy & Management
Position: Director, Health & Sustainability Unit, The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders
School, Department, Centre: Sydney Medical School and School of Public Health
Address: K25 Medical Foundation Building
Email: ruth.colagiuri@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease; Chronic disease and ageing
Keywords: Diabetes; Health planning; Environmental health; Public health; Health policy
Research networks and affiliations: Oxford University - Lead the Asia pacific centre of the Oxford Health Alliance, Tonga Ministry of Health - Collaborate on diabetes and NCD prevention and care.
Nauru Ministry of Health - Collaborate on diabetes research and capacity building program.
Vanuatu Ministry of Health - Project director for World Diabetes Foundation project. Chair of the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF).
Awards: The MVDSC Distinguished Scientist Award. MV Diabetes Specialties Centre Chennai, India (2003), Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association – services to diabetes and to the Diabetes Educators Association (2002), 1992 Boehringer Mannheim Award for Excellence in Diabetes Education (1993), Best Oral Presentation – Australian Diabetes Society/Australian Diabetes Educators Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide (19920
Recent and current research interests: environmental determinants of chronic disease and the link between their causes.

Name: Jonathan Craig
Position: Professor Clinical Epidemiology
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: Room 301E, Edward Ford Building (a27)
Email: jonathan.craig@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health; Chronic disease and ageing
Keywords: Nephrology; Child health; Evidence-based medicine; Public health; chronic kidney disease
Research networks and affiliations: Screening and Test Evaluation Program (STEP), National Kidney Foundation(United States), Cochrane collaboration (United States), European Renal Association (Belgium), Oxford University -Clinical Trials Service Unit (United Kingdom), University of Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Summary of research experience: 305 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 12 books and major reports; 12 book chapters, principally in the fields of chronic kidney disease and child health.
Awards: National Kidney Foundation (USA) International Distinguished Medal (2010), TJ Neill award for outstanding contribution to science in nephrology(2010), Kidney Health Australia Clinical Research Award (2008), Honorary Membership of the Italian Society of Nephrology (2004)
Recent and current research interests: Chronic kidney disease in children and adults, randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, diagnostic test assessment, clinical practice guidelines and research translation.

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Name: Michael Dibley
Position: Associate Professor, International Public Health
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health,
Address: Room 307A, Edward Ford Building (a27)
Email: michael.dibley@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): nutritional epidemiology, obesity, micronutrient deficiencies, maternal and child undernutrition; reproductive, maternal and child health
Keywords: Child health; Obesity & overweight; Epidemiology; Public health; Nutrition and metabolism
Research networks and affiliations: Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, Pham Ngoc Thach university, Ho Chi minh City, Vietnam, National Institute of Nutrition, Hanoi, Vietnam, The George Institute for International Health, Research Partners in the South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network include International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Indian Council for Medical Research, New Delhi, India, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, India. University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Pakistan Institute for Medical Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan, New Era, and Nepali Technical Assistance Group, Kathmandu, Nepal
Summary of research experience: 114 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 18 major reports; 5 book chapters, principally in the fields of childhood obesity.
Recent and current research interests: behaviour change interventions for improved nutrition, obesity prevention, micronutrient supplementation in pregnancy to improve child survival, cluster randomized controlled trials
Potential interests: Social networks and child and adolescent obesity prevention, peer education to modify obesity related lifestyle behaviours.

Name: Timothy Driscoll
Position: Associate Professor in Public Health, Postgraduate Co-ordinator – Research(Public Health), MPH Academic Co-ordinator (Joint) - Master of Public Health
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: Room 317B, Edward Ford Building (A27)
Email: tim.driscoll@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Cancer; Chronic disease and ageing
Keywords: Occupational health; Injury prevention; Epidemiology; Cancer
Research networks and affiliations: Sound practice project
Summary of research experience: 84 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 24 major reports; 9 book chapters, principally in the fields of epidemiology, occupational medicine, burden of disease.
Recent and current research interests: epidemiology, occupational health and safety, occupational cancer, cancer clusters, injury, surveillance, data standards
Potential interests: epidemiology, occupational health and safety, occupational cancer, cancer clusters, injury, surveillance, data standards

Name: Sally Dunlop PhD, Ba(Psych)Hons
Position: Research Fellow (Cancer Research)
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Email: sallyd@health.usyd.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): medical sociology, mass communications
Keywords: cancer, smoking cessation, mass media,
Research networks and affiliations: Cancer Institute NSW
Summary of research experience: 13 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 4 books and major reports; principally in the fields of mass media and smoking cessation.
Awards: Dissertation of the Year Award – International Communication Association (ICA) (2009).
Current grants:
2012 - The natural history of unassisted smoking cessation in Australia. Dunlop S, Chapman S, Carter S, Freeman R.
NHMRC Project Grant ($562,030 over 3 years)
Recent and current research interests: Sally’s broad research interest lies in the influences and determinants of health-related behaviours, with a particular focus on the role of media in informing and influencing health decisions.

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Name: Becky Freeman PhD, MSc, BSc
Position: Lecturer
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: Room 226a, Edward Ford Building (A27)
Email: becky.freeman@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Cancer; Chronic disease and ageing
Keywords: Tobacco & tobacco control; Public health
Research networks and affiliations: Global Tobacco Control Network
Summary of research experience: 22 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 1 books and major reports; 3 book chapters, principally in the fields of online and social media and tobacco control.
Awards: Alberta Premier’s Award of Excellence (2005), AADAC CEO Award of Excellence, Outstanding Team Award (2004)
Recent and current research interests: social media, tobacco control policy, marketing and health
Potential interests: obesity advertising and marketing policy development.

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Name: Dr Jim Gillespie, PhD (U Cambridge)
Position: Sesquicentenary Senior Lecturer in Health Policy, Deputy Director - Menzies Centre for Health Policy
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: Room 126 Edward Ford Building (A27)
Email: james.gillespie@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Health Policy, Health Systems, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease; Chronic disease and ageing; Obesity
Keywords: Health Policy, Health services and management; Health inequalities; Medical history; Global health
Research networks and affiliations: Menzies Centre for Health Policy (University of Sydney and Australian National University); Oxford Health Alliance; Research Committee on Comparative Health Policy RC25, International Political Science Association; Health Services and Policy Research Group, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences,
University of Oxford
Summary of research experience: 2 books, 25 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 17 book chapters, principally in the fields of public policy, history of public health systems, Australian and global health policy, knowledge translation and health systems.
Recent and current research interests: Implications for health policy of models of chronic and palliative care; health system reform in Australia and comparable nations; global action on non-communicable diseases in the wake of the UN General Assembly Special Session; public opinion and the Australian Health Care System (director of Menzies Centre for Health Policy/Nous Group national surveys 2008, 2010)
Potential interests: comparative approaches to obesity policy; public opinion and policy formation in preventive health interventions.

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Name: Alison Hayes PhD
Position: Research Fellow in Health Economics
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: Edward Ford Building, room 314
Email:
Primary discipline(s): health economic modelling; risk modelling
Keywords: type 2 diabetes; simulation; obesity; cost-effectiveness analysis; risk models,
Research networks and affiliations: Health Economics Collaboration http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/public-health/heconomics/research/index.php; HERMES (Health Economics:Research , Modelling, Evaluation, - capacity building group on Health Economics; member of Australian Society for Health Economics; member International Health Economics Association.
Summary of research experience: Early Career 20 articles in peer reviewed journals and 1 book chapter, in the field of integrated control and population modelling of horticultural pests. Present Career (since 2006) 9 articles in peer reviewed journals in the field of health economics, modelling outcomes in type 2 diabetes, inequalities in health,
Awards: Royal Society of New Zealand Young Scientist Award 1987; NHMRC Clinical trials centre Honorary Associate 2007.
Recent and current research interests: Modelling outcomes in type 2 diabetes, prediction of CVD risk, prognostic modelling, health economic evaluation, evaluation of quality of life; cost-effectiveness of child obesity interventions
Potential interests: Modelling weight trajectories for adults and children in Australia.

Name: Kirsten Howard, BSc(Hons1), MAppSci(Biopharm), MPH, MHlthEc, PhD
Position: Associate Professor - Health Economics, Researcher -Screening and Test Evaluation Program
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: Room 316A, Edward Ford Building (A27)
Email: kirsten.howard@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Cancer; Chronic disease and ageing
Keywords: Patient and consumer preferences; Health economics; Public health
Research networks and affiliations: Screening and Diagnostic Test Evaluation Program (STEP), Health Economics Collaboration (HEC).
Summary of research experience: 72 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 33 major reports; 3 book chapters, principally in the fields of health economics.
Recent and current research interests: patient and consumer preferences, utility based quality of life, cancer screening, chronic kidney disease.

Name: Cynthia Hunter PhD
Position: Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, and International Public Health
School, Department, Centre: School of Social and Political Sciences, and Public Health
Address: Room 325A, Edward Ford Building (A27)
Email: cynthia.hunter@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Medical anthropology, Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases;; Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health; Culture and Public Health,
Keywords: Culture; Health and Development; Medical education; Medical anthropology; Social science; Communication; Qualitative research methodologies; Local Knowledges
Research networks and affiliations: Sydney Institute for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (SEIB) University of Sydney; Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Universitas Udayana, Bali, Universitas Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia) Research collaborations
Summary of research experience: 22 original articles, 2 editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 5 major reports; 4 book chapters, principally in the fields of medical anthropology, public health and development.
Awards: WHO – Indonesia Avian Influenza Research (2009),
Recent and current research interests: Community responses to Avian Influenza in Indonesia; Rabies in Indonesia
Potential interests: the impact of zoonotic diseases on communities; new directions in medical anthropology (syndemics; appraisal of evidence based medicine)


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Name: Les Irwig B.Sc., M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D.
Position: Professor, Screening and Test Evaluation Program
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health,
Address: Room 301B, Edward Ford Building (a27)
Email: les.irwig@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease; Cancer; Chronic disease and ageing
Keywords: Cardiovascular diseases; Colorectal cancers; Breast cancer; Evidence-based medicine
Research networks and affiliations: Screening and Test Evaluation Program (STEP)
Summary of research experience: 219 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 5 books and major reports; 13 book chapters, principally in the fields of screening, monitoring and tests.
Awards: W. Harding le Riche Medal for contributions to epidemiology (1986), University of the Witwatersrand. Excellence in Teaching Award (1995) .
Recent and current research interests: Epidemiological methods for screening, diagnostic test evaluation and meta-analysis. Les is especially interested in the application of epidemiological methods to provide the evidence on which to base Public Health and Clinical decisions. His particular area of expertise is the assessment of screening and diagnostic tests through systematic review (meta-analysis) and the conduct of new studies.
Potential interests: application of epidemiological methods to provide the evidence on which to base Public Health and Clinical decisions. Recommendations for cardiovascular risk monitoring - how frequently patients should be monitored, and with which tests - are currently based on little or no evidence. Our established multidisciplinary team of epidemiologists, clinicians, biostatisticians, psychologists and health economists is working to identify the monitoring strategies that best meet the needs and preferences of patients and clinicians without consuming unnecessary resources. We have already explored implications of different monitoring tests and schedules for blood pressure and blood lipids. Publications are listed on the STEP website. Further work, including assessment of monitoring absolute risk of a cardiovascular event is under way, together with collaborators in the School, Faculty of Medicine, interstate and internationally

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Name: Heather E Jeffery
Position: Professor of International Maternal and Child Health
School, Department, Centre: Sydney School of Public Health,
Address: Room 325B , Edward Ford Building (a27)
Email: heather.jeffery@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Maternal, perinatal and child health; perinatal mortality and morbidity; perinatal infections; newborn body composition and risk assessment
Keywords: Nutrition and metabolism; Educational models; Infection and immunity; Child health; Medical education
Research networks and affiliations: Australian and New Zealand Newborn Network (ANZNN); Australia and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA)
Databases: NSW stillbirth study (1200 stillbirths); RPAH Placental histopathology all preterm births to 34 weeks (4000); RPAH newborn body composition and associated factors (602)
Summary of research experience: 95 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 15 major reports; 5 book chapters, principally in the fields of neonatal medicine and perinatal infection
Awards: University of Sydney International Development Program Grant Awards 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
Recent and current research interests: Classification, causes and prevention of maternal, perinatal and infant death including Sudden Unexpected Death Infancy in low, middle and high income countries. Prevention of perinatal infection. Newborn body composition, assessment of risk and clinical outcomes. Educational methods of translating evidence into clinical and preventive practice.

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Name: Stephen Leeder AO, MD, PhD, BSc (Med), FRACP, FAFPHM, FFPH(UK), FRACGP(Hon)
Position: Director - Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Professor - Public Health
School, Department, Centre: Menzies Centre for Health Policy & Sydney Health Policy Network - School of Public Health
Address: D02 - Coppleson Building
Email: stephen.leeder@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Epidemiology, health policy
Keywords: Global health; Cardiovascular diseases; Public health; Health policy; Health services and management; chronic diseases management
Research networks and affiliations: Australian National University, Oxford Health Alliance (OxHA), United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Member of the APRU World Institute. Initiative for Cardiovascular Health Research in the Developing Countries (IC-Health. Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Adjunct Professor of Public Health, The University of Western Sydney
Summary of research experience: Over 300 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; principally in the fields of healthy policy, health services and cardiovascular disease.
Awards: Officer in the Order of Australia
Recent and current research interests: health policy, serious and continuing illness, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. research ethics

Name: Mu Li
Position: Associate Professor in International Public Health
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: Room 307, Edward Ford Building (A27)
Email: mu.li@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease; Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health
Keywords: Health programs; Public health; Nutrition and metabolism
Research networks and affiliations: Member of: Board of International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, Asia Oceania Thyroid Association, Australia New Zealand Obesity Association, Chinese Medical Association, Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Theme, Sydney University and Executive Committee, China Studies Centre, Sydney University
Summary of research experience: 34 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 10 books and major reports; 4 book chapters, principally in the fields of Public health nutrition
Awards: Teaching Award, Sydney Medical School (2007)
Recent and current research interests: childhood obesity prevention (breastfeeding and infant feeding practices), impact of mild iodine deficiency on the development of young children
Potential interests: childhood obesity prevention (food and beverage marketing targeted at children)

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Name: Kevin McGeechan
Position: Lecturer, Biostatistics
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health,
Address: Room 32, Edward Ford Building (a27)
Email: kevin.mcgeechan@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Keywords: Biostatistics, Public health; Cardiovascular diseases; Preventive health services
Research networks and affiliations: Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making
Summary of research experience: 27 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals
Recent and current research interests: statistical methods to evaluate new predictors of cardiovascular disease, retinal signs and CVD.
Potential interests: statistical methods to evaluate new predictors of cardiovascular disease.

Name: Rachael Morton, PhD, MScMed(Clin Epi)(Hons), Grad Dip(Renal), BN(Merit)
Position: Research Fellow, Health Economics
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: Room 315A, Edward Ford Building (A27)
Email: rachael.morton@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease; Cancer; Chronic disease and ageing
Keywords: Health economics; Nephrology; Surgery; Melanoma and skin cancer
Databases: Cohort database of 721 incident dialysis, transplant and conservative patients with chronic kidney disease
Research networks and affiliations: Health Economics Collaboration (HEC), Australia and New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group (ANZMTG), Melanoma Institute Australia, Screening and Test Evaluation Program (STEP)
Summary of research experience: 22 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 1 book
Awards: Commendation - Dean’s prize for Student Research publications, Sydney Medical School (2010), Best research paper and the best oral presentation at the Renal Society of Australasia conference (2009),
Recent and current research interests: Health Economics, Economics of Kidney Disease, Melanoma, Economics of Surgery, Patient preferences for treatment in Chronic Kidney Disease, Discrete choice analysis, Trial-based economic evaluation, Modelling economic costs and consequences of cardio-vascular disease, End-of-life care, Health services research
Potential interests: Trial-based economic evaluations of new interventions in diabetes and cardio-vascular disease.

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Name: Joel Negin
Position: Senior Lecturer in International Public Health
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: Edward Ford Building, room 328
Email:
Primary discipline(s): international public health, health policy, aid effectiveness, Africa, Pacific
Keywords: health systems; global health; health policy; aid effectiveness; integration; infectious and NCD co-morbidities; aging; HIV
Summary of research experience: 17 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; principally in the fields of HIV, global health, African food security, NCDs in Africa, Pacific Islands health policy.
Recent and current research interests: assessment of health policy process in Pacific Islands; HIV and NCD co-morbidities in Africa; health workforce challenges in the Pacific; Australian aid effectiveness.
Potential interests: How can NCD evidence make its way into policy in the Pacific (eg. trade, food policy, health reform processes)

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Name: Philayrath Phongsavan PhD MPH BA(Hons)
Position: Senior Lecturer - Prevention Research Collaboration
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: K25 - Medical Foundation Building, The University of Sydney
Email: philayrath.phongsavan@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Health Promotion; Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease; Chronic disease and ageing
Keywords: Socioeconomic factors; Public health; Health practice; Behavioural sciences; Health inequalities
Summary of research experience: 37 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 30 major reports; 4 book chapters, principally in the fields of health promotion and socio-ecological determinants of chronic diseases.
Recent and current research interests: Implementing and evaluating behaviour-change interventions in general and clinical populations in various settings (community, allied health facilities, primary health care) to promote physical activity and healthy weight; investigating the contextual factors influencing effective large-scale interventions, and how these impact on program delivery, replication and uptake for population-wide public health impact. Other research areas include: examining the effects of physical activity on alleviating psychological distress in general as well as clinical populations, especially for those with clinical depression and generalised anxiety disorders; exploring the relationships between urban public open space (parks and greenery), physical activity, individual health, and community health, and; investigating the impact of social cohesion, social connectedness, and social capital on health behaviours and health outcomes.
Potential research interests: Exploring factors that drive successful translation of efficacious studies to ‘real-world’ settings, in particular around programs for preventing and managing cardiovascular disease, as well as the promotion of maintaining healthy body weight through physical activity.

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Name: Chris Rissel PhD
Position: Professor in Public Health
School, Department, Centre: Prevention Research Collaboration, School of Public Health
Address: Medical Foundation Building, K25
Email: Primary discipline(s): health promotion, epidemiology
Keywords: active travel (cycling and walking); physical activity; falls prevention; tobacco control; public health advocacy.
Summary of research experience: 221 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 55 reports; 1 book; 4 book chapters, principally in the fields of health promotion interventions, active travel, cycling advocacy, and tobacco control.
Awards: The Hugo G. Beigel Award 2006, granted for ‘Richters J, de Visser R, Rissel C, Smith A. Sexual practices at last heterosexual encounter and occurrence of orgasm in a national survey. The Journal of Sex Research 2006: 43(3): 217-226’ (2006); Cycling Achievement Award of the Year – Professional Category – From the Cycling Promotion Fund for contributions in advancing cycling in the health sector (2005); Australian Study of Health and Relationships - Award for excellence in health promotion research, Victorian Health Promotion Awards (2003); Lester Breslow Award for Academic Excellence in Health Promotion, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, USA (1994);
Recent and current research interests: active travel; cycling research and advocacy; obesity prevention; physical activity; falls prevention; research translation.
Potential interests: The influence of the built environment on health; co-benefits of strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change, application of obesity prevention strategies into new settings.

Name: Lucie Rychetnik
Position: Senior Research Fellow - Screening & Test Evaluation Program (STEP) and Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM)
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address:
Tue-Wed= SPH | Level 3 | Rm 301F | Edward Ford Building | A27 | University of Sydney
Mon, Thur, Fri = VELiM | Medical Foundation Building | K25 (92-94 Parramatta Road) | University of Sydney
Email: lucie.rychetnik@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Public Health, Social Sciences
Keywords: evidence-based practice, research translation, qualitative research methods
Summary of research experience: 22 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 18 major reports; 2 book chapters, principally in the fields of public health.
Recent and current research interests: Values, evidence and ethics in obesity prevention, psychosocial aspects of melanoma follow-up, social research in cancer screening
Potential interests: research translation in disease prevention

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Name: Anne Marie Thow, PhD
Position: Lecturer in Health Policy
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health, Menzies Centre for Health Policy
Address: Victor Coppleson Building (D02), Room 223
Email: annemarie.thow@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): public health nutrition, health policy
Keywords: nutrition, trade and economic policy, policy analysis and implementation research
Research networks and affiliations: Public Health Association of Australia
Summary of research experience: 10 original research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 8 book chapters and reports, principally in the field of public health nutrition policy.
Awards: James Kentley Memorial Scholarship (2007), University Medal (2003)
Recent and current research interests: Identifying effective and feasible economic policy interventions to promote healthy diets; Evaluating policy interventions for policy learning; Developing strategies to encourage cross-sectoral policy change to promote healthy diets and reduce chronic disease.
Potential interests: Identifying new policy interventions to promote healthy diets and reduce chronic disease. Improving implementation of policy interventions for diets and health

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Name: Hidde van der Ploeg
Position: Senior Research Fellow, Cluster for Physical Activity and Health
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health
Address: K25 - Medical Foundation Building
Email: hidde.vanderploeg@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease; Cancer
Keywords: Obesity & overweight; Epidemiology; Physical activity; Sedentary behavior; Public health
Research networks and affiliations: Australian Physical Activity Network, International Society for Physical Activity and Health, International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, The Netherlands Epidemiological Society
Summary of research experience: 40 original articles in peer reviewed journals; 2 books and major reports; 2 book chapters, principally in the fields of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and public health
Recent and current research interests: Research in physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health. Main interests are interventions studies in working populations and populations with chronic disease, as well as measurement and surveillance of physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
Potential interests: How can new technologies and social media be used to improve physical activity and sedentary behaviours in order to reduce the burden of chronic disease?

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Name: Merrilyn Walton BA (UQ) BSW (UQ) MSW (USyd) PhD (USyd)
Position: Professor of Medical Education ( Patient Safety),
School, Department, Centre: School of Public Health,
Address: Room 321 A, Edward Ford Building (a27)
Email: merrilyn.walton@sydney.edu.au
Primary discipline(s): Chronic disease and ageing
Keywords: Patient safety; Health practice; Educational models; Health services and management; Health regulation and accreditation.
Research networks and affiliations: Member Management Committee Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency(AHPRA) member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee ( NH&MRC) ,Patient Safety expert curricula writer, World Health Organization, Switzerland. Visiting Professor, Bueler Centre for Aging and Welfare, Northwestern University Chicago, United States. Medical education (Patient safety, professionalism) Hanoi Medical School, Vietnam.
Summary of research experience: 56 original articles, editorials and letters in peer reviewed journals; 9 books and major reports; 16 book chapters, principally in the fields of Ethical practice , patient safety and medical regulation
Awards: Public Service Board Fellowship in Management (1984). Inaugural Annual Social Justice Award( 1999
Recent and current research interests: patient safety, health practice, medical regulation
Potential interests: The Burden of Treatment for patients with multiple co-morbidities. How to prioritise patient wishes when they are multiple chronic conditions