Professor Adrian Sleigh

MD (Monash); MPH (Harvard); DTM&H (London); FRCP (London); MBBS Hons (Monash)
Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 6125 2145

Areas of expertise

  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Health Information Systems (Incl. Surveillance) 111711
  • Infectious Diseases 110309
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117

Research interests

  • Infectious disease transmission and control
  • Health transitions associated with development
  • Health impacts of large dams
  • International cohort studies



Adrian Sleigh has over 40 years of contribution to community medicine and global health. Expertise includes epidemiology, infectious diseases, health impact of large dams, infections of poverty and population health-risk transitions. In the past 10 years his expertise has been sought on emerging infections - for WHO (SARS, Hong Kong), AusAID (avian flu, Thailand) and WHO-TDR (malaria and TB, China and Myanmar).

He has lived in the developing world for many years, including long periods in Papua New Guinea and Brazil. He has conducted field work in many other settings, most frequently in Thailand and China. Research over the last 10 years has been primarily focused on the health-risk transition as Thailand moves from infectious diseases-malnutrition to non-communicable diseases, injury and obesity. He has teamed with Thai and Australian collaborators to develop and consolidate a large multi-faceted national cohort study. This study began in 2004 and has produced much information and postgraduate training on many aspects of this transition.

Researcher's projects

  • Thai Health-Risk Transition: a National Cohort Study Phase I and II (2004-present)
  • TB (Pacific and China) - links to migration and diabetes
  • Emerging infections in Australasia
  • Health impact of large dams (esp middle and upper Yangtze - Three Gorges & Ertan) 

Current student projects

Traffic injury and health system response in Vietnam (Tam Tran). (underway)

Past student projects

  • (ANU graduates - completed 2013 to 2018)
  • Nutrition, diet and diabetes in transitional Thailand (Keren Papier). (awarded 2018)
  • Food labelling, nutriition x health in Thailand (Wimalin Rimpeekool).(awarded 2017)
  • Visceral Leishmaniasis in Bangladesh (Kazi Rahman)(awarded 2015).
  • TB, diabetes and traditional healers in the Pacific (Kerri Viney)(awarded 2015).
  • Emerging infections and wildlife in Australasia (Ro McFarlane) (awarded 2014).
  • Nutrition transition x food environment in Thailand (Matthew Kelly)(awarded 2014).
  • Maternal-child HIV preventive care, Botswana (Dintle Molosiwa)(awarded 2014)
  • Multi-drug resistant TB in China (Sun Yanni)(awarded 2013).
  • Climate change x thermal stress in Thailand (Benjawan Tawatsupa)(awarded 2013)
  • Mortality transition in Shanghai, Hong Kong,Taipei (Zhao Jiaying)(awarded 2013) 
  • (ANU graduates - completed 2006 to 2012)
  • Inequalities in health service use and health status in Thailand (Dr Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan)
  • Sexual health transition in Chiang Mai youth (Dr Arunrat Tangmunkongvorakul)
  • Smoking and life expectancy in Thailand (Dr Cha-aim Pachanee)
  • New Cooperative Medical Scheme in Shandong Province, China (Dr Sun Xiaoyun)
  • East Asia disease x security: nature's plagues,bio-weapons (Dr Christian Enemark)


Projects and Grants

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Updated:  14 July 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers