Associate Professor Mamun is an internationally recognised leader in the areas of developmental stages of life and intergenerational perspectives. An approach that situates the individual risk factors and their interaction within a context that determines health outcomes has been the underlying basis of his research. He is one of the Principal Investigator’s of the Mater-University Study of Pregnancy (MUSP) cohort. Over the past 12 years, he has been leading the respiratory and cardiovascular epidemiology research in the MUSP that included 30 years follow-up of the MUSP offspring cohort (Gen 2) and the first follow-up of the children-of-the-offspring cohort (Gen 3). In recent years, he expanded his research in the low & middle income countries focusing on the rapid socio-economic development and the demographic and epidemiological transitions.

Mamun has made significant contributions to understand the critical stages of life and early life determinants of health. From the life course perspective, some of his papers are influential while thinking about the early development of health and well-being. For instance, his research confirmed that parents, especially mothers, are the role model for offspring health and well-being development from early life to adolescence and then to young adulthood. His research shows that weight management and prevention of obesity should start as early as possible even before or during pregnancy. He is interested to contribute new knowledge about the extent that socioeconomic, family and environmental factors track from generation to generation and how this impacts on health and well-being of the future generations.

Mamun has received several national (e.g. ARC, NHMRC, and NHF) and international (e.g. CIDA, APEX) competitive grants of up to $10 million. He was awarded several highly competitive fellowships (e.g. NHMRC CDF Level 2, 2012-2016, NHMRC CDF Level 1, 2008-2011) and awards (UQ Foundation Research Excellence Awards, 2009 and NHF Grants-in-Aid 2008). He has more than 190 publications overall, most of which are in peer-reviewed high impact journals. He has an outstanding track-record of supervising RHD students. For instance, in the last five years, he has supervised 16 PhD students- 10 as Primary Advisor, who have been awarded their degrees.

Mamun has recently joined the ISSR team. Prior to joining ISSR he was the Theme Leader of the Population Health, Methods and Innovations group at UQ’s School of Public Health. 

Research Interests:

  • Obesity and co-morbidities- development and early prevention
  • Maternal and child health- critical windows in life
  • Intergenerational transmission of risk factors and diseases
  • Socio-economic inequalities in health
  • Social and structural basis of health and well-being
  • Demographic and epidemiological transition in low & middle  income countries
  • Methodological innovation in longitudinal studies and meta-analysis
  • Publications

    Lahmann PH, Williams GM, Najman GM, Mamun   AA. Mother-adult offspring resemblance in dietary intake: a community based cohort study in Australia, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2017; 105(1):185-193. 

    Khatun M, Mamun AA, Scott J, Williams G, Clavarino A, Najman J. Do children born to teenage parents have lower adult intelligence? A prospective birth cohort study. PLoS One. 2017;12(3):e0167395.

    Hoque ME, Mannan M, Long KZ, Mamun AA. Economic burden of underweight and overweight among adults in the Asia‐Pacific region: a systematic review. Tropical Medicine & International Health. 2016;21:458-469.

    Hasan MTSoares Magalhaes RJWilliams GMMamun AA. The role of maternal education in the 15-year trajectory of malnutrition in children under 5 years of age in Bangladesh. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2016; 12(4):929-39.

    Husain MA. Huxley R, Mamun AA. Multimorbidity prevalence and pattern in Indonesian adults: an exploratory study using national survey data, BMJ Open. 2016,5(12): e009810. 

    Alati A, Betts K, Williams G, Najman J, Zalbahar N, Mamun AA. Generational increase in obesity among young women: a prospective analysis of mother daughter dyads International Journal of Obesity. 2016; 40(1):176-80.

    Fatima Y, Doi S, Mamun AA. Sleep quality and obesity in young subjects: a meta‐analysis, Obesity Review. 2016 Jul 15. doi: 10.1111/obr.12444

    Mamun AA, Finlay J. Shifting of undernutrition to overnutrition and its determinants among women of reproductive ages in the 36 low to medium incom countries Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. 2014; 9(1):75 - 86.

    Mamun AA, O'Callaghan MJ, Williams M, Najman JM. Adolescents bullying and young adults body mass index and obesity: a longitudinal study, International Journal of Obesity, 2013. 37(8):1140 - 1146.

    Mamun AA, Lawlor DA, O’Callaghan MJ, Williams GM, Najman JM. Family and early life factors associated with changes in overweight status between ages 5 and 14 years: findings from the Mater University Study of Pregnancy and its outcomes. International Journal of Obesity, 2005. 29(5): p. 475-482.

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Associate Professor

  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics (with Honours), Dhaka University
  • MSc in Population Studies (with Cumlaude), University of Groningen
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (The University of Queensland) 
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Demography & Epidemiology (Life Course of Cardiovascular Diseases)