Associate Investigators

 


Adrian Bauman

MB BS MPH PhD FAFPHM FAHMS

 

Background

Adrian is Professor of Public Health, and Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration, at the University of Sydney.  His background is in prevention research, and in methods for research translation, and he has a particular interest in physical activity. He also co-directs the WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical activity, nutrition and obesity.

 

Research Interests

His research interests are in physical activity and obesity surveillance, policy informing research, and in large scale epidemiological studies. His focus has increasingly been on research translation, on methods for evaluating scaled up population level interventions, and developing methods for evaluating complex public health programs.

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Adrian is as associate investigator of the CRE, and has a particular interest in the works of stream 4 – Translation of evidence in policy and practice.

 

Profile

http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/adrian.bauman.php


Lisa Bero

 

Background

Professor Lisa Bero is a pharmacologist and researcher in evidence-based health care who is in ternationally renowned for her studies on the integrity of clinical and basic research evidence that is used to influence health policy, and the manner in which evidence is communicated to key groups such as physicians, policy-makers, journalists and the community. She leads the Bias and Research Integrity Node at the Charles Perkins Centre.

 

Prior to joining the University of Sydney in 2014, she was Professor at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Professor Bero is recognised for her methodological studies on bias (including publication/reporting, design and funding biases) in the fields of clinical medicine (pharmaceuticals), tobacco control and environmental research, and on the use and implications of the evidence for prescribing decisions/policy. Her expertise lies in investigating hidden biases in the design, conduct and publication of research, and includes ground-breaking work that demonstrated the selective reporting of data for drugs approved by the FDA (PLoS Medicine 2008) and a paper (BMJ 2012) which showed that including unpublished outcomes of drug studies in meta-analyses changes the results of all relevant meta-analyses.

 

These findings have contributed to open access data reforms such as access to information from drug regulatory agencies and improved reporting requirements for clinical trials on the clinicaltrials.gov registry. Additionally her interest in evidence-based policy led to work examining influences on the production and dissemination of science. At the University of Sydney, she directs a multidisciplinary team analysing research quality (initially in nutrition research). She notes, “the overall objective is to improve the conduct and reporting standards of research and facilitate the development of sound evidence-based health policy that will help reduce the burden of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes”.

 

Professor Bero’s interest in medicines use in low-resource settings has seen her work extensively with the WHO as Chair of its Essential Medicines Committee, helping assess research submissions for categorisation of essential medicines.


Profile

http://sydney.edu.au/pharmacy/about/people/profiles/lisa.bero.php


Professor Lynne Daniels

School Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and Institute Health Biomedical Innovation, QUT

 

Background

Professor Lynne Daniels is an academic dietitian with over 35 years of experience and a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia.  She is currently Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Lynne spent the first 10 years of her career as a clinical paediatric dietitian and in 1986 completed a research masters evaluating nutritional status of children with cystic fibrosis.

 

She then spent 18 years in an academic post in the School of Medicine at Flinders University and in 1995 completed her PhD examining the selenium status of preterm infants. At Flinders her primary role was co-ordinator of the nutrition and dietetic education programs. She has >120 peer reviewed publications; over 70 published abstracts from presentations in Australia and overseas since 2000. Her work has been cited >2300 times. She has secured $9.5M grant funding, including four NHRMC grants.

 

Her research interests include feeding practices in early childhood and the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. She was the lead investigator of the NH&MRC-funded NOURISH project that evaluated a complementary feeding intervention to prevent childhood obesity.  She currently leads the TRIM Kids project that will deliver PEACH Ô, a weight management program for overweight primary school aged children and their families across Queensland. She currently supervises 4 PhD students and has supervised14 students to completion


Elizabeth Denney-Wilson

 

Background

Elizabeth Denney-Wilson conducts research into the prevention and management of chronic disease- in particular overweight and obesity-in primary health care settings. She is a chief investigator on a new Centre of Research Excellence in obesity management and prevention (COMPaRE-PHC) and leads the families with young children stream of research. 

 

Elizabeth has designed and managed cross-sectional, cohort and RCTs in both the public and private sector. Her PhD examined the association of risk factors for heart disease, fatty liver and diabetes and weight in a sample of 500 teenagers. This research found that overweight teenagers are at substantial risk of chronic disease even if they are only moderately overweight. Her research focus since then has been on prevention and management of excess weight.

 

Profile

http://www.uts.edu.au/staff/elizabeth.denney-wilson


Tim Gill

 

Background

Tim Gill is Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Research Programs Manager, Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, University of Sydney, Knowledge Broker, prevention Research Collaboration, University of Sydney, and Public Health Nutrition Coordinator, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.

 

Tim has significant experience in all aspects of the development of public policy and communication of messages around nutrition with specific expertise in obesity prevention and management. He has undertaken a series of policy-related reviews on nutrition and obesity and has been a lead contributor to several key reports on obesity for Australian State and Federal Government departments as well as national and international agencies.

 

His research interests are in the epidemiology of obesity and improving food environments and public guidance for the prevention and management of obesity both within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

 

Profile

http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/tim.gill.php

Kirsten Howard

BSc(Hons), MAppSc (Biopharm), MPH, MHealthEc, PhD

 

Background

Kirsten Howard is a Professor of Health Economics in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

 

Research Interests

Her research focuses on methodological and applied health economics research predominantly in the areas of assessment of patient and consumer preferences using discrete choice (DCE) methods as well as in economic evaluation, and modelling. Professor Howard has over 200 publications and has attracted career funding as a Chief Investigator of over $25 million (NHMRC, ARC and US (NIH and PCORI)).  She has been a member of the Economics Sub Committee of the Australian Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) since 2005. 

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

She has considerable experience in supervision and mentoring of PhD students and early career fellows. She will collaborate with researchers in Stream 3, especially with regard to discrete choice modelling.

 

Profile

http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/kirsten.howard.php


Rachel Laws

BSc, MSc, PhD

 

Background

Rachel is Research Fellow at Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition. Rachel holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (2015-2019).  She has a background in dietetics and health promotion and is passionate about conducting research that makes a difference and translating research into the real world.

 

Research Interests

Rachel’s fellowship is focused on translating effective approaches to prevent child obesity in disadvantaged families into policy and routine practice.  Rachel’s research involves the development and testing of scalable interventions for child obesity prevention in early life as well as studies exploring the utility and translation of effective interventions into routine practice. Rachel has co-led the Growing healthy study focussed on promoting best practice infant feeding across the first 9 months of life using a novel mobile phone app

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Rachel is co-leading stream 4 – Translation of evidence in policy and practice.

 

Profile

http://www.deakin.edu.au/profiles/rachel-laws

 

Anthea Magarey

 

Background

A/Prof Magarey is an experienced researcher and Accredited Practicing Dietitian who holds an appointment at Flinders University. She is an expert in dietary assessment methods, particularly with children and adolescents. She currently manages several research projects, including the translation of the effective child weight management program, PEACH™, into community practice.

 

Through the latter, she is involved with the EPOCH study, involving nine CIs/AIs. A/Prof Magarey has been involved in the evaluation of several community-wide primary prevention programs for obesity focusing on environmental change – the Eat Well Be Active community programs and OPAL projects in South Australia, and the Fun ‘n’ Healthy in Moreland project in Victoria. She will be involved in the work of Streams 1 and 2, advising on the best components of interventions and methods of dietary assessment and how they can be used in practice


Stavros Petrou

BSc MPhil PhD

 

Background

Stavros Petrou was appointed as Professor of Health Economics by the University of Warwick in September 2010. He aims to work collaboratively across Warwick Medical School. Emphasis is placed on leading high quality economic evaluations and research alongside large Phase III clinical trials and within health technology appraisal reviews. In addition, he pursues a methodological and applied research agenda on economic aspects of perinatal and paediatric health and health care.

 

Prior to his appointment at Warwick, Stavros was employed as a health economist by the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford over a 13 year period from March 1997 to August 2010. He had responsibility for economic research broadly related to the fields of perinatal and paediatric health care. In 2006, he was awarded a UK Medical Research Council Senior Non-Clinical Research Fellowship to conduct a 5 year programme of methodological and applied research on economic aspects of perinatal and paediatric health care.

 

Research Interests

Stavros has successfully completed a number of studies in the perinatal and paediatric contexts with an economic focus, including trial-based economic evaluations, economic evaluations based upon decision-analytic models, systematic reviews, preference elicitation studies, and econometric studies based upon large scale survey datasets. Stavros is the economic advisor to Cochrane Collaboration ‘Pregnancy and Childbirth Group’. He has acted as an expert advisor to US Institute of Medicine ‘Committee on Understanding Premature Birth and Assuring Healthy Outcomes’, and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on ‘Critical Care Decisions in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine’.

 

Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Stavros is as associate investigator of the CRE, and has a particular interest in the work of stream 3: Economic Evaluation of childhood obesity prevention initiatives.

 

Profile

https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/staff/petrou/


Li Ming Wen

MD, MMed, Phd

Email: LiMing.Wen@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

 

Background

Li Ming Wen has extensive research experience in the fields of medicine, social science and public health in China and Australia. Since 2000, he has been the Research and Evaluation Manager in the Health Promotion Unit of Sydney Local Health District. He is an Associate Professor in Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, and also holds a position as Adjunct Professor in both the School of Public Health, Fudan University, and the Faculty of Medicine, Tongji University, China

 

Research Interests

A/Prof Wen has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals including BMJ, IJO and JAMA Paediatrics as well as a number of book chapters.  His current research interests include clinical trials and practice in the areas of obesity prevention, physical activity, nutrition, active transport, sexual health, and tobacco control with specific expertise in the evaluation of public health and health promotion initiatives.

 

Over the past 10 years he has received more than $5 million in peer-reviewed national and international competitive grants. He was the Winner of 2014 NSW Health Awards for the Preventive Health category.


Role in the Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE)

Prof Wen was the Principal Investigator of the Healthy Beginnings Trial (http://www.healthybeginnings.net.au/) funded by NHMRC #393112 in 2007 and NHMRC #1003780 in 2011, which was the world-first RCT of an early obesity intervention with young mothers and families in socially and economically disadvantaged areas of Sydney(http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e3732). The Healthy Beginnings Trial is an integral part of the Centre of Research Excellence on EPOCH.

 

Profile

http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/liming.wen.php