Researcher Biography

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