Professor Peymané Adab MD, MPH, MBChB, FFPH, FHKCCM

Professor Peymane Adab

Institute of Applied Health Research
Professor of Chronic Disease Epidemiology & Public Health

Contact details

College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Peymané is a public health physician and Professor of Chronic Disease Epidemiology & Public Health in the Institute of Applied Health, University of Birmingham.  She is also Lead of the PHRESH consortium, part of the NIHR School for Public Health Research.

Her research interests are in chronic disease epidemiology and behavioural medicine. This includes a portfolio of work on obesity prevention and management, particularly in children and minority ethnic groups, as well as research on the epidemiology, early identification and management of COPD. She has expertise in using mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative studies) to aid the development and evaluation of complex interventions.

Areas of research include:

-          School health promotion interventions (diet, physical activity, obesity)

-          Obesity prevention and management    

-          Evaluation of health policy interventions

-          Child wellbeing interventions

-          Screening and early diagnosis of chronic disease (undiagnosed COPD, cervical cancer and obesity)

-          Tobacco control (prevention and smoking cessation interventions)

-          Role of occupation and employment on health (including COPE-WM to examine the relative contribution of occupational, sociodemographic and clinical risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 infection among healthcare workers.

She currently chairs the NIHR Public Health Research Committee and is a member of the Obesity Health Alliance Independent Obesity Strategy Working Group. She was an expert advisor to the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on obesity, a Trustee of the Association for the Study of Obesity (UK), member of the MRC-NIHR Methodology Advisory Group, and part of the College of Experts for the European Respiratory Society Standing Evaluation Committee.  

Peymané also takes an active role in teaching, having previously been director of the Graduate Entry Course in Medicine, and deputy director of the Birmingham MPH course.


  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health (2007)
  • MD, University of Birmingham (2002)
  • Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (1999)
  • MPH, University of Birmingham (1996)
  • MBChB, University of Liverpool (1990)


Postgraduate supervision

Peymané Adab’s research interests are twofold, including behavioural epidemiology (specifically childhood obesity prevention) and chronic disease epidemiology (focusing on the epidemiology of COPD). She holds major grants in these areas from the National Institute for Health Research and, in the past, from the Medical Research Council.

Professor Adab has successfully supervised five PhD students in the last few years, who have moved on to academic careers. She currently supervises four PhD students working in childhood obesity prevention and COPD epidemiology.


Chronic disease epidemiology

Specifically: a) Behavioural medicine, focusing on childhood obesity prevention

b) Epidemiology of COPD

Other activities

Honorary clinical contract held with Public Health England

Honorary Professor of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong

Funding Boards:

  • Chair of NIHR PHR Funding Committee (July 2019--); deputy chair 2017- 2019; Member from 2014
  • Member NIHR COVID Recovery and Learning Committee (2020)
  • Member of ERS Standing Evaluation Committee for the review of fellowship applications (2013-17)
  • Member of NIHR RfPB committee, West Midlands (June 2009 – 2013)

Expert advisor:

  • Member of Obesity Health Alliance Independent Obesity Strategy Working Group, 2019-2020
  • Member of The Health Foundation Improvement Research Programme Scoping Panel, 2019-2020
  • Member of MRC-NIHR Methodology Advisory Group, 2019
  • Expert advisor to the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
  • Topic expert committee member for NICE Public Health Advisory Committee “Maintaining a healthy weight and preventing excess weight gain among children and adults” (2014-15)
  • Expert member on NICE Programme Development group on “Lifestyle weight management services for overweight and obese children and young people” (2012-2013)

Other Professional/expert roles:

  • Trustee for the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO), UK (2014-2017)
  • Member of Cardiovascular Health Working Group, Faculty of Public Health (2008-2011) 


  • Clinical appraiser for PHE
  • Chair TSC for NIHR PHR funded MapMe Trial (2020-)
  • Chair TSC for NIHR PHR funded feasibility study, Action 3:30 (2017-2019)
  • Chair TSC for NIHR funded fellowship, Leeds University – the HENRY study (2015-2018)
  • Chair Data Monitoring Committee for NIHR funded trial “Families for Health” Warwick University (2012-2015)
  • South Birmingham Local Research Ethics Committee (2004-2008)

Teaching related:

  • External panel member for Foundation degree programme development (Public Health in Practice) – Ipswich University, 2009
  • External examiner for UWE MSc in Public Health (2008 to 2012)


Recent publications


Fernandes, G, Williams, S, Adab, P, Gale, N, de Jong, C, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Cheng, KK, Chi, C, Cooper, BG, Dickens, AP, Enocson, A, Farley, A, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Maglakelidze, M, Maghlakelidze, T, Martins, S, Sitch, A, Stamenova, A, Stavrikj, K, Stelmach, R, Turner, A, Pan, Z, Pang, H, Zhang, J & Jordan, RE 2024, 'Engaging stakeholders to level up COPD care in LMICs: lessons learned from the "Breathe Well" programme in Brazil, China, Georgia, and North Macedonia', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 24, no. 1, 66.

Watson, JS, Jordan, RE, Gardiner, L, Adab, P & Jolly, K 2023, 'A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Interventions to Promote Referral; Adherence; and Uptake of Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease', International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, vol. 18, pp. 1637-1654.

Gjorgjievski, D, Stavrikj, K, Jordan, R, Adab, P, Stanoevski, G, Stamenova, A, Krstevska, E, Simonovska, S, Trpcheski, F, Adams, R, Easter, C, Rai, K, Cheng, KK, Chi, C, Cooper, BG, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Dickens, AP, Enocson, A, Gale, N, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Maglakelidze, M, Maghlakelidze, T, Martins, S, Sitch, A, Stelmach, R, Turner, A, Williams, S & Farley, A 2023, 'Randomised controlled trial testing effectiveness of feedback about lung age or exhaled CO combined with very brief advice for smoking cessation compared to very brief advice alone in North Macedonia: findings from the Breathe Well group', BMC Public Health, vol. 23, no. 1, 1887.

Pallan, M, Murphy, M, Morrison, B, Pokhilenko, I, Sitch, A, Frew, E, Rawdin, C, Adams, R, Adamson, A, Bartington, S, Dobell, A, Duff, R, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Lancashire, E, McLeman, L, Passmore, S, Ravaghi, V, Spence, S & Adab, P 2023, 'School food policy in secondary schools in England and its impact on adolescents’ diets and dental health: the FUEL multiple-methods study', NIHR Journals Library.

Wood, G, Goodyear, V, Adab, P, Al-Janabi, H, Fenton, S, Jones, K, Michail, M, Morrison, B, Patterson, P, Sitch, A, Wade, M & Pallan, M 2023, 'Smartphones, social Media and Adolescent mental well-being: the impact of school policies Restricting dayTime use-protocol for a natural experimental observational study using mixed methods at secondary schools in England (SMART Schools Study)', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 7, e075832.

Pallan, M, Mason, F, Parretti, H, Adab, P, Abbott, S & Jolly, K 2023, 'Supporting healthcare professionals to address child weight with parents: a qualitative study', British Journal of General Practice .

Martins, SM, Dickens, A, Salibe-Filho , W, Albuquerque Neto , AA, Adab, P, Enocson, A, Cooper, BG, Sousa, LVA, Sitch, A, Jowett, S, Adams, R, Cheng, KK, Chi, C, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Farley, A, Gale, N, Jolly, K, Maglakelidze, M, Maghlakelidze, T, Stavrikj, K, Turner, A, Williams, S, Jordan, R & Stelmach, R 2022, 'Accuracy and economic evaluation of different screening tests and their combinations for undiagnosed COPD among people with hypertension in Brazil', NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, vol. 32, 55 .

Pang, H, Pan, Z, Adams, R, Duncan, E, Chi, C, Kong, X, Adab, P, Cheng, KK, Cooper, B, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Dickens, A, Enocson, A, Farley, A, Gale, N, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Maglakelidze, M, Maglakelidze, T, Martins, S, Sitch, A, Stavrikj, K, Stelmach, R, Turner, A, Williams, S & Jordan, R 2022, 'Community lung health service design for COPD patients in China by the Breathe Well group', NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, vol. 32, no. 1, 27.

Adams, R, Jordan, R, Adab, P, Barrett, T, Bevan, S, Cooper, L, DuRand, I, Hardy, P, Heneghan, N, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Marshall, T, O'Hara, M, Rai, K, Rickards, H, Riley, R, Sadhra, S, Tearne, S, Walters, G & Sapey, E 2022, 'Enhancing the health of NHS staff: eTHOS. Protocol for a randomised controlled pilot trial of an employee health screening clinic for NHS staff to reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, compared with usual care', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, 155.

Maglakelidze , M, Kurua, I, Maglakelidze, N, Maglakelidze, T, Chkhaidze, I, Gogvadze, K, Chkhaidze, N, Beadle, H, Redden-Rowley, K, Adab, P, Adams, R, Chi, C, Cheng, KK, Cooper, B, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Dickens, A, Enocson, A, Farley, A, Gale, N, Jowett, S, Martins, SM, Rai, K, Sitch, A, Stavrikj, K, Stelmach , R, Turner, A, Williams, S, Jordan, R & Jolly, K 2022, 'Feasibility of a pulmonary rehabilitation programme for patients with symptomatic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Georgia: a single site, randomized controlled trial from the Breathe Well Group', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 9, e056902.

Watson, J, Jordan, R, Adab, P, Vlaev, I, Enocson, A & Greenfield, S 2022, 'Investigating primary health care practitioners’ barriers and enablers to referral of patients with COPD to pulmonary rehabilitation: a mixed methods study using the Theoretical Domains Framework', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 1, e046875.

Abdel-Aal, A, Lisspers, K, Williams, S, Adab, P, Adams, R, Agarwal, D, Barnard, A, Bouloukak, I, van Boven, JFM, Chavannes, N, Dickens, A, van Gemert, F, Escarrer, M, Haroon, S, Kayongo, A, Kirenga, B, Kocks, JWH, Kotz, D, Newby, C, McNulty, CAM, Metting, E, Moral, L, Papadakis, S, Pinnock, H, Price, D, Ryan, D, Singh, SJ, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Ställberg, B, Szefler, SJ, Taylor, SJC, Tsiligianni, I, Turner, A, Weller, D, Yusuf, O, Tabyshova, AK & Jordan, R 2022, 'Prioritising primary care respiratory research needs: results from the 2020 International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) global e-Delphi exercise', NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, vol. 32, no. 1, 6.

Zanganeh, M, Adab, P, Li, B, Pallan, M, Liu, WJ, Lin, R, Liu, W, Martin, J, Cheng, KK & Frew, E 2022, 'Relationship between weight status and health-related quality of life in school-aged children in China', Journal of Health Economics and Outcomes Research, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 75-81.


Pallan, M & Adab, P 2023, 'Preventing obesity through school-based approaches to improve nutrition', BMJ Medicine, vol. 2, e000463.

Adab, P, Haroon, S, O'Hara, M & Jordan, R 2022, 'Comorbidities and covid-19: better understanding is essential for health system planning', BMJ, vol. 377, o1431.

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