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Biography

Dr Monira Hussain is a clinical epidemiologist (MBBS, MPH, PhD). She was the Unit Coordinator for Introductory Epidemiology (Monash University, 2016-9). Her expertise lies in large surveillance projects, nationwide surveys, cohort studies, clinical trials, linkage studies, analysing health system data and systematic reviews.

Monira began her career as a project research physician at icddr,b; one of the leading research institutes of the Global South (Web of Science 2019), working on encephalitis surveillance after the completion of her MBBS. While working on the encephalitis project, she came across two NIPAH virus outbreaks in Bangladesh, and got involved in the outbreak investigation with the researchers from the Centre for Disease Control USA. She shifted her area of research from infectious to chronic disease (cardiovascular disease) when she figured out that developing countries endure dual burden of diseases. To increase her competency in epidemiology, Monira joined Mahidol University and completed a Master of Public Health in chronic disease epidemiology in 2007. After a few years, she developed a keen interest in exploring the cardiovascular disease risk factors in the pathogenesis of musculoskeletal disease. Monira completed her PhD on “Novel and systemic risk factors for knee and hip osteoarthritis” from Monash University in 2015.

Her work on risk factors for osteoarthritis resulted in a paradigm shift in the understanding of the pathogenesis of knee and hip osteoarthritis. The results of her work indicate that the relationship between obesity and knee osteoarthritis is not simply due to increased loading, but that metabolically driven inflammation has a major role; in-utero risk factors (low birth weight, preterm birth) are associated with hip osteoarthritis; and hip and knee osteoarthritis are susceptible to different risk factors. She is continuing her work in this field and extending her area of research in low back pain, determinants of poor patient outcome due to low back pain and osteoarthritis, and exploring in-utero risk factors for osteoarthritis through several collaborative projects.

Monira has been a recipient of Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2011-4), Australian Postgraduate Award (2011-4), Monash University Faculty Excellence Award (2011-4), Arthritis Australia Fellowships (2015), Monash University Faculty Bridging Fellowship (2016), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship (2018-21).

She has a history of strong, sustained publication outputs. Her first author paper published in the BMJ in 2019 (BMJ. 2019 Jan 30;364:l42) was the 50th most discussed scientific report (of 2.7 million papers) globally of any field in 2019 (https://www.altmetric.com/top100/2019/). In the JAMA network, a debate based on her paper became the second most viewed articles (web address): Does Skipping Breakfast Lead to Weight Loss or Weight Gain? JAMA | Medical News & Perspectives | May 1, 2019.

Monira is an Associate Editor for the journal “Arthritis Research and Therapy”, a highly reputed journal in the field of Rheumatology and Orthopaedic. She regularly reviews manuscripts, fellowship applications and grant applications, and sits on PhD review committees. She is a member of Osteoarthritis Research Society International and Australasian Epidemiological Association.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

MPH, Mahidol University

MBBS, University of Rajshahi

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

20132015

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 2007 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Association between metformin use and disease progression in obese people with knee osteoarthritis: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative - A prospective cohort study

Wang, Y., Hussain, S. M., Wluka, A. E., Lim, Y. Z., Abram, F., Pelletier, J. P., Martel-Pelletier, J. & Cicuttini, F. M., 24 May 2019, In : Arthritis Research and Therapy. 21, 1, 6 p., 127.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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11 Citations (Scopus)

Effect of breakfast on weight and energy intake: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Sievert, K., Hussain, S. M., Page, M. J., Wang, Y., Hughes, H. J., Malek, M. & Cicuttini, F. M., 30 Jan 2019, In : BMJ (Online). 364, 12 p., l42.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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High baseline fat mass, but not lean tissue mass, is associated with high intensity low back pain and disability in community-based adults

Brady, S. R. E., Urquhart, D. M., Hussain, S. M., Teichtahl, A., Wang, Y., Wluka, A. E. & Cicuttini, F., 5 Jul 2019, In : Arthritis Research and Therapy. 21, 1, 8 p., 165.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Knee effusion volume assessed by magnetic resonance imaging and progression of knee osteoarthritis: data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative

Wang, Y., Teichtahl, A. J., Pelletier, J. P., Abram, F., Wluka, A. E., Hussain, S. M., Martel-Pelletier, J. & Cicuttini, F. M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Rheumatology (Oxford, England). 58, 2, p. 246-253 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Nutrients and Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis

Lim, Y. Z., Hussain, M., Cicuttini, F. & Wang, Y., 2019, Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for Arthritis and Related Inflammatory Diseases. Watson, R. R. & Preedy, V. R. (eds.). 2 ed. London UK: Elsevier, p. 97-137 41 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Prizes

UNFPA Media Award

Monira Hussain (Recipient), 2003

Prize: National/international honour

United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) Print Media Award

Monira Hussain (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2007 2019

  • 14 Peer review responsibility
  • 6 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Cambridge University Press (Publisher)

Monira Hussain (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Arthritis Research and Therapy (Journal)

Monira Hussain (Associate editor)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

PLoS ONE (Journal)

Monira Hussain (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Climacteric (Journal)

Monira Hussain (Peer reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Diabetes Care (Journal)

Monira Hussain (Peer reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility