Dr Haider Mannan

Haider Mannan


Lecturer in biostatistics


Dr Haider Mannan is a 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), 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 softwares for disease risk modelling using SAS macros. He has published two monographs, 50 peer reviewed journal articles in epidemiology and biostatistics with 22 as first authored and 16 in category 'A' journals including American Journal of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, International Journal of Obesity, Obesity, Appetite, Annals of Epidemiology, European Journal of Nutrition, Accident Analysis and Prevention and Statistical Methods in Medical Research. He has also authored 4 consultancy and government research reports. His current h index is 12, i-10 index is 16. He is currently a primary supervisor of one doctoral student and co-supervisor of two doctoral and one honours students. At Western he has supervised the theses of an MPH  student and several Honours students towards completion, two of whom have obtained high distinction in their theses.

He teaches and coordinates a full unit Statistical Methods in Epidemiology for Master of Epidemiology, MPH and MHSc courses during spring semester. He also teaches introductory biostatistics for Foundations of Medicine 2 to MBBS students, conducts workshops on multilevel and multivariate regression models at GRS and THRI.

He is a co-chief investigator in two ongoing nationally competitive grants worth 400,000 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 temporal relationships between infant feeding factors and childhood obesity and growth factors in Western Sydney and the Middle East. His other research is on obesity and comorbid eating disorders (3 publications in 2017/18, 8 from 2010-13), life expectancy gains associated with smoking reductions due to targeting of high risk population subgroups compared to the entire population (1 publication in 2016 and another in 2012), and cardiovascular risk prevention (2 publications in 2017/18 and 10 from 2007-13). 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 cesarean delivery, COPD treatment, impact of enhanced inpatient diabetes teams at SWSLHD on health outcomes and recently on fresh water fish contamination and its adverse health effects and promotion of export, drinkable water for all and arsenic contaminated groundwater management in Bengal basin, all in context of South Asia. 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, 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. Previously, he was Assistant Professor at University of Dhaka. He has presented at many international conferences worldwide including 24 refereed conference papers/presentations.

Research Interests

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Obesity


  • Statistical Society of Australia (2016 - 2017)
  • Public Health Association of Australia

Qualifications and Recognition

  • Award 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 Associtation at Lisbon,Portugal 2008-09-02
  • Special University Scholarship, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Australia 1999-08-15
  • 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