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

Professor Peymané 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 has been Professor of Public Health at the University of Birmingham since 2013 and leads the Chronic Disease Management Team in the Institute of Applied Health Research. Over the last 18 years she has developed a national and international portfolio of work in public health and chronic disease epidemiology, focusing on prevention and behavioural medicine. This includes programmes 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.

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

Funding Boards:

  • Member of NIHR PHR Funding Board (2014-2020); deputy director from 2017
  • 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:

  • 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 funded Action 330, Bristol University (2017-18)
  • 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


Retat, L, Pimpin, L, Webber, L, Jaccard, A, Lewis, A, Tearne, S, Hood, K, Christian-Brown, A, Adab, P, Begh, R, Jolly, K, Daley, A, Farley, A, Lycett, D, Nickless, A, Yu, L-M, Jebb, S & Aveyard, P 2019, 'Screening and brief intervention for obesity in primary care: cost-effectiveness analysis in the BWeL trial', International Journal of Obesity, vol. 43, no. 10, pp. 2066-2075.

Keene , SJ, Jordan, R, Franssen, FME, Martin, J, Sitch, A, Turner, A, Dickens, A, Fitzmaurice, D & Adab, P 2019, 'External validation of the updated ADO score in COPD patients from the Birmingham COPD cohort', International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Watson, J, Adab, P, Jordan, R, Enocson, A & Greenfield, S 2019, 'Barriers & enablers for primary health care practitioners when referring patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to pulmonary rehabilitation : a qualitative study', British Journal of General Practice .

Canaway, A, Frew, E, Lancashire, E, Pallan, M, Hemming, K & Adab, P 2019, 'Economic evaluation of a childhood obesity prevention programme for children: results from the WAVES cluster randomised controlled trial conducted in schools', PLoSONE, vol. 14, no. 7, e0219500.

Pallan, M, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Lancashire, E, Blissett, J, Frew, E, Gill, P, Griffith, L, Jolly, K, Mcgee, E, Parry, J, Thompson, J & Adab, P 2019, 'Cultural adaptation of a children's weight management programme: Child weigHt mANaGement for Ethnically diverse communities (CHANGE) study', BMC Public Health, vol. 19, 848.

Jolly, K, Griffin, T, Sidhu, M, Adab, P, Burgess, A, Collins, C, Daley, A, Entwistle, A, Frew, E, Hardy, P, Hurley, K, Jones, L, Mcgee, E, Pallan, M, Sun, Y, Young, M & Morgan, P 2019, 'A weight management programme for fathers: cultural adaptation of Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids UK and feasibility RCT', Public Health Research.

Rai, K, Dogra, S, Barber, S, Adab, P & Summerbell, C 2019, 'A scoping review and systematic mapping of health promotion interventions associated with obesity in Islamic religious settings in the UK', Obesity Reviews.

Pan, J, Adab, P, Jiang, CQ, Zhang, WS, Zhu, X-F, Jin, YL, Thomas, GN & Lam, TH 2019, 'All-cause and cause-specific mortality from restrictive and obstructive spirometric patterns in Chinese adults with and without dyspnea: Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study', Respiratory Medicine.

Lambe, T, Adab, P, Jordan, R, Sitch, A, Enocson, A, Jolly, K, Marsh, J, Riley, RD, Miller, M, Cooper, BG, Turner, A, Ayres, J, Stockley, RA, Greenfield, S, Siebert, S, Daley, A, Cheng, K, Fitzmaurice, D & Jowett, S 2019, 'A model-based evaluation of the long-term cost-effectiveness of systematic case-finding for COPD in primary care', Thorax.

Graham, J, Tudor, K, Jebb, S, Lewis, A, Tearne, S, Adab, P, Begh, R, Jolly, K, Daley, A, Farley, A, Lycett, D, Nickless, A & Aveyard, P 2019, 'The equity impact of brief opportunistic interventions to promote weight loss in primary care: secondary analysis of the BWeL randomised trial', BMC medicine, vol. 17, 51.

Zanganeh, M, Adab, P, Li, B & Frew, E 2019, 'A systematic review of methods, study quality, and results of economic evaluation for childhood and adolescent obesity intervention', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 16, no. 3, 485.

WAVES Study Investigators 2018, 'An exploration of the longitudinal relation between parental feeding practices and child anthropometric adiposity measures from the West Midlands Active Lifestyle and Healthy Eating in Schoolchildren (WAVES) Study', American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 108, no. 6, pp. 1316-1323.

Pallan, M, Hurley, K, Griffin, T, Lancashire, E, Blissett, J, Frew, E, Gill, P, Hemming, K, Jackson, L, Jolly, K, Mcgee, E, Parry, J, Thompson, J & Adab, P 2018, 'A cluster-randomised feasibility trial of a children's weight management programme: the Child weigHt mANaGement for Ethnically diverse communities (CHANGE) study', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 4, no. 175.

Hurley, K, Pallan, M, Lancashire, E & Adab, P 2018, 'An exploration of the longitudinal relationship between parental feeding practices and child anthropometric adiposity measures from the WAVES study', The American journal of clinical nutrition.


Pallan, M, Griffin, T, Hurley, K, Lancashire, E, Blissett, J, Frew, E, Griffith, L, Hemming, K, Jolly, K, Mcgee, E, Thompson, J, Jackson, L, Gill, P, Parry, J & Adab, P 2019, 'Cultural adaptation of an existing children's weight management programme: the CHANGE intervention and feasibility RCT', Health Technology Assessment, vol. 23, no. 33.

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