Associate Professor Abdullah Mamun

NHMRC Leadership Fellow

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 344 32760


Associate Professor Mamun is an internationally recognised leader in the areas of life course epidemiology 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 of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (MUSP) cohort. Over the past 14 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 competitive grants. 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 200 peer-reviewed publications, most of which are published in 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.

Research Interests:

  • Respiratory and cardiovascular health- development and early prevention
  • Maternal and child health- early life environment and critical windows
  • Social, structural and environmental basis of health and well-being
  • Methodological innovation in longitudinal studies, administrative data and meta-analysis


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Groningen
  • Masters (Coursework) of Science, University of Dhaka
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Dhaka


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Book Chapter

  • Fatima, Yaqoot, Cleary, Anne, King, Stephanie, Solomon, Shaun, McDaid, Lisa, Hasan, Md Mehedi, Al Mamun, Abdullah and Baxter, Janeen (2022). Cultural identity and social and emotional wellbeing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Family dynamics over the life course: foundations, turning points and outcomes. (pp. 57-70) edited by Janeen Baxter, Jack Lam, Jenny Povey, Rennie Lee and Stephen R. Zubrick. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-12224-8_4

  • Fatima, Yaqoot, Al Mamun, Abdullah and Skinner, Timothy (2020). Association between obesity and poor sleep: a review of epidemiological evidence. Pathophysiology of obesity-induced health complications. (pp. 155-167) edited by Paramjit S. Tappia, Bram Ramjiawan and Naranjan S. Dhalla. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-35358-2_9

  • Tran, Uyen N., O'Callaghan, Michael J., Mamun, Abdullah A., Najman, Jake M., Williams, Gail M. and Bor, William (2013). Childhood short stature and educational achievement. Educational Achievement: Teaching Strategies, Psychological Factors and Economic Impact. (pp. 149-164) Hauppage, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Tran, Uyen N., O'Callaghan, Michael J., Mamun, Abdullah A., Najman, Jake M., Williams, Gail M. and Bor, William (2012). The relationship between childhood height and adolescent intelligence. Adolescent behaviour. (pp. 55-70) edited by Cherylynn Bassani. Hauppage, NY United States: Nova Science Publishers.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision