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Dr. Rakib Islam is a clinical epidemiologist with a specific interest in non-communicable diseases in women, and currently working at the Women's Health Research Program, Monash University, Australia. His current projects address sex hormones and their impact on cardiovascular disease risk as well as on cancer, cognition and frailty in older Australian women that has attractive possibilities for pharmacological interventions aimed at prolonging the morbidity-free life span of older women. He is also a lead researcher in a large study of the physical and psychological health of young Australian women.

Dr. Islam is a highly experienced women's health epidemiologist with over 60 publications in reputed journals, including the Lancet Diab & Endo, BMJ, JCEM. Dr. Islam was an invited speaker in the full-day workshop in Berlin, Germany to develop the first “global consensus position statement on the use of testosterone therapy for women.” His role was to ensure all the leading clinicians from 11 international societies understood the major meta-analysis that he undertook.  Hence, he was awarded the Australasian Menopause Society Scientific Prize in 2020, which is highly prestigious.

He earned his PhD from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia. He completed his first year of post-doctoral fellowship at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Australia in collaboration with CDC, USA.

Prior to moving to Australia in 2012, Dr. Islam was a Lecturer/Asst. Professor at the University of Dhaka, and Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh. He holds Honours and Master of Social Sciences (Sociology) from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He also holds a Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies, and a Master in Public Health from the University of Tromso, Norway.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Sex Steroids
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Dementia
  • Menstruation


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