Dr Haider Mannan

Haider Mannan


Senior Lecturer in biostatistics


Dr Haider Mannan is a Senior Lecturer in biostatistics at the Translational Health Research Institute and the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. He has three roles-research, teaching and providing statistical consulting service to staffs and students. He has a research track record in the field of chronic conditions (e.g. obesity, eating disorders, diabetes)(2 external grant in eating disorders), lifestyle factors (e.g. smoking, diet) and treatments (e.g. CABG, angioplasty stenting) associated with cardiovascular disease with a focus on risk prevention using policy modelling (1 NHMRC grant). His other areas of expertise include functioning and disability among the elderly and evaluation (1 ARC grant) of population health interventions. His biostatistical expertise is wide including regression models for clustered and longitudinal data (e.g. multilevel mixed effects, GEE models), continuous, binary (e.g. logistic regression), time to event (e.g. Cox and Weibull regression), categorical and ordinal outcomes, nonparametric methods, analysis of small studies and state transition models (e.g. Markov simulation/model, latent Markov model), all in the context of epidemiological/medical studies. He has published four four computer programs for disease risk modelling using SAS macros. He has published two monographs, 74 peer reviewed journal articles in epidemiology and biostatistics with 31 as first authored and 35 in Q1 journals including American Journal of Epidemiology, Annals of Epidemiology, Psychological Medicine, Preventive Medicine, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, International Journal of Obesity, Nutrients, Obesity, International Journal of Eating Disorders, Appetite, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, BMJ Open, European Journal of Nutrition, Accident Analysis and Prevention and Statistical Methods in Medical Research. He has also authored 8 consultancy and government research reports. His current H index is 20, i-10 index 32 and 1413 citations. He has supervised two Phd students to completion-for one as primary-supervisor and one as co-supervisor. He has completed primary supervision of one Master of Research student and has co-supervised ten honours students with five completions. Currently, he is co-supervising two PhD students with one nearing submission. At Western he has also supervised (primary) an MPH  student to completion. Several of these students have obtained awards or high distinction for their theses.

He teaches and coordinates a full unit Statistical Methods in Epidemiology for Master of Epidemiology, MPH, MHSc, Master of Data Science and Master of Nursing courses during spring semester, another full unit Environmental Epidemiology/Epidemiology of Climate Change for Master of Epidemiology, MPH and MHSc students during autumn semester. He also teaches introductory biostatistics for Foundations of Medicine 2 to MBBS/MD students, a WesternX open learning platform short course Longitudinal Modelling for Population Health Researchers, and conducts workshops on multilevel and multivariate regression models at GRS and THRI.

He is currently a co-investigator in a 130,000 AUD external grant on treating eating disorders from Butterfly Foundation, 240,000 AUD external grant on ANZAED credentialing project from NSW Health and was the same for a 29,000 AUD consultancy grant from Baxter Healthcare and two nationally competitive grants around 450,000 AUD - one on modelling the relationship between obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the Australian population (NHMRC funded) and the other on developing, validating and using a disability policy model to better target the prevention or reduction of disability in the Australian population (ARC funded). He has an independent research program on investigating relationships between infant feeding factors/physical activity and childhood obesity and growth factors in Western Sydney and the Middle East (2 publications at Western). His other research is on adult obesity (8 publications from pre-Western period), obesity and comorbid eating disorders (12 at Western with 2 as lead author), life expectancy gains associated with smoking reductions due to targeting of high risk population subgroups compared to the entire population (2 at Western), and cardiovascular risk prevention (2 at Western in 2017/18 and 10 from pre-Western period). He collaborates extensively with centre and external researchers and has been involved in projects on eating disorders, mental health, CVD prevention, oral health, constipation (which all have resulted in publications), impact of NSAID on blood pressure & albumin reductions, opiate pain reduction and patient satisfaction following ceasarean delivery, COPD treatment (1 publication as lead author), impact of enhanced inpatient diabetes teams at SWSLHD on health outcomes. As a biostatistician he has expertise on designing and performing sample size estimations for various epidemiologic study designs and at Western has done these widely for single and multi-centred individual and cluster randomized trials, cross-over trials, cohort, prevalence and multiple baseline studies.

He earned a Ph.D. in biostatistics and epidemiology from University of Western Australia with distinction in 2008, and then worked for 6 years at the Monash University Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and James Cook University as Senior Research Fellow in the area of chronic disease risk prevention. During this time he obtained research funding from CSIRO preventative health flagship, Medibank Private Limited and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He has presented at many international conferences worldwide including 31 refereed conference papers/presentations.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Health effects of Smoking
  • Population nutrition


  • Statistical Society of Australia (2016 - to date)
  • Public Health Association of Australia

Qualifications and Recognition

  • Excellence in Research Award from the DVC and VP Research, Enterprise and International Award for Best Interdisciplinary Research as member of the Eating Disorder and Body Image (EDBI) Network at Translational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University
  • Foundations of University Learning & Teaching program, Western Sydney University, August 2017Award for fee waiver for attending conference on Improving Health through Data Analytics at Darling Harbour, Sydney 2015-11-12
  • National Heart Foundation travel award for presenting at an overseas international conference while working at Monash University, Melbourne 2012-08-04
  • Faculty travel award, Monash University for presenting at 2008 European Public Health Association at Lisbon, Portugal 2008-09-02
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and University Postgraduate Award, School of Population Health, University of Western Australia, 2004-2007
  • Special University Scholarship, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario September 1999-September 2001
  • International Graduate Student Scholarship and Special University Scholarship, Dept. of Sociology, University of Western Ontario January 1999-August 2001
  • PhD University of Western Australia
  • MSc The University of Western Ontario
  • MA The University of Western Ontario
  • MScStat University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • BScStat University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 4620 3951
LocationBuilding 3, Campbelltown Campus